Emily Littlefair • TUVA Publishing, £14.95
This collection uses simple in-the-round designs to create a selection of stylish homewares, from cushion covers to shoulder bags, and from rugs to table runners. The patterns are all worked in pure cotton yarn, and designed to be worked in a few hours or, at most, a few days. Emily has created a distinct colour palette and feel to the collection, but there’s still a great feeling of variety, from the layers of colour and texture that make up Winnie’s Wonderland Blanket (a great sampler style design perfect for practising different stitches) to the monochromes of the Flower Petals Cushion and the Pineapples & Lace Cushion. We particularly love the clean lines and delicate white framing of the Stars In The Night Sky motifs and the retro shades of the Sunny Citrus Cushion. The book also includes an illustrated guide to the basics of crochet, and clear charts for all the designs.