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Today on Cute Crochet Chat, I am pleased to present a recently published crochet book, “Totally Simple Crochet”, Over 30 Easy Projects for the Home and to Wear, published by Trafalgar Books.
Most of us who crochet would agree with the book’s author Tove Fevang, “When evening comes and I’m rather tired after a long workday, getting out the crochet hook and some yarn re-energizes me. Everything else melts away as I relax with my crocheting”.
Aren’t we all lucky to have something like crochet to feel so passionate about?
If you are new to the art of crochet or if you have been crocheting for years, you will find a project in this book that you want to make. From dishcloths to baby hats to scarves and afghans, there is something for everyone! Each project is well photographed and some of the beginner designs have step-by-step photographs that will help you breeze through the instructions. The crochet designs in this book are just what they say, “Totally Simple”, but that does not mean beginner-only. Fevang uses a wide variety of interesting crochet stitches to create some very pretty designs that will be popular with every skill level. Even some of the beginning projects have interesting crochet textures!
The book begins with Abbreviations and General Crochet information. Each stitch used is outlined with a nice description and the photographs are very clear. The Materials section lists several tips and techniques by the author written in plain language to help you as you begin to crochet.
For the beginner, there are also several pretty colored dishcloths that will take you through learning all the basic stitches in crochet, each color a different stitch and edging! I love this idea for the novice crocheter, who will have something useful when practice time is over!
Some of my favorite projects include:

Hexagonal Block Afghan (I love the color patterns chosen for this design)

Net Bag (I love the stitch pattern used)

Blanket with Flower Border (love all the different colored flowers)

Potholders (done with dc post stitches)

Half Gloves (fingerless gloves)

Pink and White Scarf (it uses a very interesting stitch pattern)

 Totally Simple Crochet is available from:
Amazon
Crossings
WEBS Yarn Store
Trafalgar Books website

Trafalgar Books has donated the book for our giveaway! In order to be eligible to win, become a FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG in the left sidebar (if you have not already done so!) and leave a comment on this post.  Let us know the title of the last crochet book your purchased and why you bought it. It should be fun to see what responses we get!
PLEASE, PLEASE don’t forget to leave your contact information and/or email address, so we can contact you if you are the winner!
One lucky winner will be drawn at random at the end of the contest!
Good luck!

Totally Simple Crochet Review and Giveaway!

Today on Cute Crochet Chat, I am pleased to present a recently published crochet book, “Totally Simple Crochet”, Over 30 Easy Projects for the Home and to Wear, published by Trafalgar Books.
Most of us who crochet would agree with the book’s author Tove Fevang, “When evening comes and I’m rather tired after a long workday, getting out the crochet hook and some yarn re-energizes me. Everything else melts away as I relax with my crocheting”.
Aren’t we all lucky to have something like crochet to feel so passionate about?
If you are new to the art of crochet or if you have been crocheting for years, you will find a project in this book that you want to make. From dishcloths to baby hats to scarves and afghans, there is something for everyone! Each project is well photographed and some of the beginner designs have step-by-step photographs that will help you breeze through the instructions. The crochet designs in this book are just what they say, “Totally Simple”, but that does not mean beginner-only. Fevang uses a wide variety of interesting crochet stitches to create some very pretty designs that will be popular with every skill level. Even some of the beginning projects have interesting crochet textures!
The book begins with Abbreviations and General Crochet information. Each stitch used is outlined with a nice description and the photographs are very clear. The Materials section lists several tips and techniques by the author written in plain language to help you as you begin to crochet.
For the beginner, there are also several pretty colored dishcloths that will take you through learning all the basic stitches in crochet, each color a different stitch and edging! I love this idea for the novice crocheter, who will have something useful when practice time is over!
Some of my favorite projects include:

Hexagonal Block Afghan (I love the color patterns chosen for this design)

Net Bag (I love the stitch pattern used)

Blanket with Flower Border (love all the different colored flowers)

Potholders (done with dc post stitches)

Half Gloves (fingerless gloves)

Pink and White Scarf (it uses a very interesting stitch pattern)

 Totally Simple Crochet is available from:
Amazon
Crossings
WEBS Yarn Store
Trafalgar Books website

Trafalgar Books has donated the book for our giveaway! In order to be eligible to win, become a FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG in the left sidebar (if you have not already done so!) and leave a comment on this post.  Let us know the title of the last crochet book your purchased and why you bought it. It should be fun to see what responses we get!
PLEASE, PLEASE don’t forget to leave your contact information and/or email address, so we can contact you if you are the winner!
One lucky winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday, June 29th!
Good luck!
OUR GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

Stitch Nation Yarn Review

Do you want some high quality, natural fiber yarn at an acrylic price? Then click on over to Joann’s Fabric and Craft Store online and purchase some of the new yarn by ‘Red Heart’ called Stitch Nation!
There are three different new yarns in this line called Bamboo Ewe, Full of Sheep and Alpaca Love. The samples I received have incredibly luscious colors. Since I usually like to create a new design instead of just swatching, I designed three new accessories, one with each new yarn!

 

Bamboo Ewe is as soft as you would expect a Bamboo yarn to be. In addition to it’s softness and brilliant color, it has really nice stitch definition. The smoothness of this yarn made my design crochet up really quickly! My mom needed a new small handbag, so I designed a pretty one for her with this yarn. A swatch is shown at the left, but I hope to have the full pattern available soon!

Full of Sheep has a firmer texture as would be expected from 100% peruvian wool. I really enjoyed crocheting with Full of Sheep and it, also, has a nice, textured stitch definition. I wanted to try it for felting, but decided instead to design an ear warmer/headband, as I knew that this 100% wool would be nice and warm! The color I was sent is Plummy and the ‘purple’ color is so deep and rich, perfect for today’s designs. I plan on trying to felt it next! When fastening off with Full of Sheep or using it to sew your crochet item together, you do need to be careful and not pull the yarn too tightly, as it seemed to break much easier than other yarns I have used. As long as I was gentle, this did not cause me any problems!

I think Alpaca Love is going to be my favorite; the alpaca mixed with wool makes it so great to touch; a firm yet oh-so-soft texture. While crocheting, the yarn was so soft and smooth, like butter running through my fingers. It was not slick like some ribbon yarn or silks, just smooth, which made for really nice crocheting. I designed a crochet baby hat with it for my new grandson who is expected any day now! I can’t wait to post a photo with him in the hat!
Alpaca Love was definitely named correctly because you are going to love it!

I can’t wait to see all the new colors of these yarns in person. I believe that Stitch Nation yarn will be available at Joann’s Craft Stores sometime in March. Until then, you can, of course, purchase it at Joann’s Fabric and Crafts online.

Disclaimer: The yarn from Stitch Nation was provided to me to use in my design work.

Wrapped in Crochet – A Review

wrapped in crochet I love Kristin Omdahl’s Wrapped in Crochet book for many reasons, but especially because after reading her Introduction, I felt a special affinity with her. Kristin taught herself to crochet while overseas and expecting a baby. I, also, taught myself to crochet while stationed overseas and pregnant with my first child. Like Kristin, I was instantly hooked!
But that is where are similarities seem to stop. Kristin is apparently a math whiz and actually designed one of her first crochet accessories using the Pythagorean theorem! How cool!
Wrapped in Crochet is broken down into types of garments: Scarves, Wraps and Shawls. Scarves: each pattern uses a different or unusual pattern or technique, “including corkscrews, weaving, hairpin lace and more”. Every scarf would make a quick and wonderful gift.                                                  The Wraps included are comprised of so many different shapes in several different techniques. Some are made in all-in-one designs and others are join as you go. Most of the lovely wraps go ‘far beyond the simple rectangle.”
The shawl chapter is my favorite. They are seven beautiful designs in a wide variety of styles and silhouettes. Most are triangular but there is also a semi-circle and two circular ones. Throughout the book you have the opportunity to learn and crochet hairpin lace, tunisian crochet, broomstick lace crochet, back post clusters and double crochet, and foundation single and double crochet, as well as several other stitches. Instructions for all are, of course, written very well and include many diagrams and schematics. I love the fact that with almost every design, you will be able to learn a new stitch or new technique. From the back cover: “Created for beginning to intermediate crocheters, these one-of a-kind pieces invite you to take your crochet to the next level.”My favorite designs include: Starlet Boa Scarf, Tressa Scarf, Gali Infinity Wrap, Geisha Wrap, and Stella Shawl.
All in all there are 18 exquisite designs. Sheer loveliness!

Wrapped in Crochet – A Review

wrapped in crochet I love Kristin Omdahl’s Wrapped in Crochet book for many reasons, but especially because after reading her Introduction, I felt a special affinity with her. Kristin taught herself to crochet while overseas and expecting a baby. I, also, taught myself to crochet while stationed overseas and pregnant with my first child. Like Kristin, I was instantly hooked!
But that is where are similarities seem to stop. Kristin is apparently a math whiz and actually designed one of her first crochet accessories using the Pythagorean theorem! How cool!
Wrapped in Crochet is broken down into types of garments: Scarves, Wraps and Shawls. Scarves: each pattern uses a different or unusual pattern or technique, “including corkscrews, weaving, hairpin lace and more”. Every scarf would make a quick and wonderful gift.                                                  The Wraps included are comprised of so many different shapes in several different techniques. Some are made in all-in-one designs and others are join as you go. Most of the lovely wraps go ‘far beyond the simple rectangle.”
The shawl chapter is my favorite. They are seven beautiful designs in a wide variety of styles and silhouettes. Most are triangular but there is also a semi-circle and two circular ones. Throughout the book you have the opportunity to learn and crochet hairpin lace, tunisian crochet, broomstick lace crochet, back post clusters and double crochet, and foundation single and double crochet, as well as several other stitches. Instructions for all are, of course, written very well and include many diagrams and schematics. I love the fact that with almost every design, you will be able to learn a new stitch or new technique. From the back cover: “Created for beginning to intermediate crocheters, these one-of a-kind pieces invite you to take your crochet to the next level.”My favorite designs include: Starlet Boa Scarf, Tressa Scarf, Gali Infinity Wrap, Geisha Wrap, and Stella Shawl.
All in all there are 18 exquisite designs. Sheer loveliness!

Interesting New Pillow Pattern


Most crocheters love new and interesting pattern stitches. I think a lot of you will love the new, complimentary pattern I just uploaded to my pattern blog at: Cute Crochet Blog Patterns. It is a lovely pillow pattern designed by Michele Wilcox that has a very cool stitch pattern, that once learned, is really fun to do. The stitches are called Embossed Roundels. Check it out HERE!

Interesting New Pillow Pattern


Most crocheters love new and interesting pattern stitches. I think a lot of you will love the new, complimentary pattern I just uploaded to my pattern blog at: Cute Crochet Blog Patterns. It is a lovely pillow pattern designed by Michele Wilcox that has a very cool stitch pattern, that once learned, is really fun to do. The stitches are called Embossed Roundels. Check it out HERE!