First published in 2011, Seamless Crochet by Kristin Omdahl has long been a favourite of ours. In this month's Book Club, Inside Crochet reader Lauren tells us how she got on with it.
I've been a huuuge Kristin Omdahl fan since I first stumbled upon her work and I adored her previous book (Crochet so Fine) so had high expectations for this one, and rightly so!
Everything about this book appealed to me (even the DVD and I never usually watch these). I'm sure with the way Kristin addresses the audience it would appeal to everyone. The patterns are clearly written making them easy to follow, but for those who like reading charts instead this book has both and there are so many detail photographs which really help you understand what you're doing.
The styling and quality of photographs are brilliant, they're plentiful, show each piece from multiple angles and I spent a long amount of time just looking through the images.
I hadn't tried seamless crochet before and it was really enjoyable to learn. I've loved crochet motifs for a long time, but weaving in all those ends was so off-putting, so this book really is a godsend. Having a book filled with with join-as-you-go motifs, already charted out, means I can continue to explore this method, even past the patterns in the book. I'd class it as much as a technique-book as it is a pattern book.
The only downside was that the (brilliantly written) method/technique was hidden towards the back of the book, I feel they should have come first. But they were so well written it's only a minor niggle.
Overall I'd give this book a 9.5 / 10!
Seamless Crochet is published by Interweave Press, read more at www.interweave.com
IC: We published an extract from Kristin's Seamless Crochet in issue 35. Check it out here: www.insidecrochet.co.uk/magazine/issue/35
Photography © Joe Hancock / Interweave Press
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