Books We Love: Crochet Yourself Calm

Date: 15th March 2017 | Category: News


Carmen Heffernan
Search Press, £10.99
UK terminology

Inspired by crochet’s wonderful ability to calm and sooth us as we create, this collection from Carmen Heffernan contains a huge variety of motif-style designs, as well as a selection of larger projects which build on them. Drawn from the light and landscapes of her native Ireland, the designs use bright, striking colours which can’t fail to bring a smile to your face as you work.
Chapters are divided by shape, from circular motifs which create “restful ripples of colour” to traditional crocheted squares, soothing stripes, calming zig-zags and more. Within each section is a host of different techniques, including shells, bobbles and seed stitches, so this would also make a great workbook for expanding your crochet know-how. Clear charts are included for each motif, and each section includes a couple of larger projects that use the designs from that chapter. These include a stunning Mexican Tiles Blanket, cosy child’s hat in cross hatch stripes and a colourful lace scarf. There’s also an illustrated guide to basic crochet at the end.

This would make a great stitch dictionary and pattern book for a more experienced crocheter, but would also serve as a lovely introduction to the craft for a beginner, particularly anyone looking to improve mindfulness and peace of mind with a relaxing, creative new hobby.


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