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Crochet designer Annemarie Benthem (www.annemarieshaakblog.blogspot.com)
is a big fan of florals â€“ and this stylish new book is full of them! Of course, that gives
plenty of scope for a variety of designs, from cosy homewares to delicate accessories
and even adorable amigurumi patterns.
Many of the larger designs are created by building up smaller motifs, joined as
theyâ€™re worked to avoid a mass of sewing up at the end! We love the drapey effect this
gives, for example in the multi-coloured Blossom In Spring Shawl (above), made of
dozens of individual blooms that can be worked together into any finished shape or
size desired. Itâ€™s also used to great effect in the Blue Poppy and Field Of Wildflowers
Pillows, which use glorious colour combinations for a finished treat.
For those after a smaller project, we recommend the sweet Flower Necklace, a
colourful set of Forest Flower Coasters, or maybe a simple daisy garland, just the
thing for adding a homemade touch to any space.
All designs are charted, and many donâ€™t have written instructions, so if youâ€™re a beginner crocheter you may want to practise working from charts first â€“ though the patterns in this book are certainly pretty enough to incentivise you to work through them even if itâ€™s your first time!