I taught myself to crochet after being shown a copy of Inside Crochet by a friend. I fell in love with a cute farm blanket and was determined to make my own ready for the arrival of a new family member. I got to grips with the basics with the aid of YouTube videos and beginner tutorials online and found it to be quite therapeutic.
Unfortunately, I never did complete that blanket – my skills haven't progressed as quickly as I'd have liked but it's still on my to-do list!
When I received a copy of "20 Twenty to Make: Crocheted Beanies" I was a little apprehensive. I'd yet to make anything I'd wear myself, instead sticking to granny-square blankets and wonky-looking toys, but I saw it as a sign to push myself – and was pleasantly surprised!
Despite being written in US terminology, each pattern helpfully lists the UK abbreviations as well.
It's only a small book (easy to fit in my project bag!) but the patterns are lovely and the pictures are nicely styled. So far I've only attempted the 'Cool Classic', but I'll definitely be trying out more of the designs.
My only criticism of the book would be that it would have been nice to have a few more images in the book, so that you could see the hats from different angles, especially from the crown. However, the instructions were clear enough to make this less of an issue.
20 Twenty to Make: Crochet Beanies by Frauke Kiedaisch is published by Search Press. R.R.P £4.99.
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