>Totally Simple Crochet Review and Giveaway!

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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!

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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!

>I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

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Yes! another giveaway! 
In honor or National Crochet Month, we are giving away several crochet related items this month!
I am so pleased to present a review on the new book from Leisure Arts,
Even at first glance, this book is awesome! I love the fact that EVERYTHING you need to know about crocheting socks is included in this book. As a novice sock crocheter, I can see that this book has A LOT to offer someone who wants to learn how to crochet socks. But it goes much further than that and offers nine creative designs for every level of sock crocheter!
This book is as complete as any crochet sock book that I have seen. There is so much helpful information.  Not only does it contain really nice patterns for making socks from different techniques, it explains how to pick the correct yarn and supplies, how to insure that your crochet socks will fit perfectly and the different methods of constructing socks. And there is something for everyone: men, women and older children. 
Crocheting a sock that fits is one of the more important aspects of Karen’s instructions. One of the most frequent comments that Karen gets about her sock instructions is that “you can actually make them to fit your own foot”! She covers everything from yarn, types of yarn fibers, colors, heel types, sizing, construction and tools. All the patterns come in multiple sizes and there are lots of step by step colorful photographs for the beginner Basic Cuff Down and the Basic Toe Up Sock. I can’t think of one thing that has been left out of this wonderful book.
With her very complete instructions, Karen assures us that “Yes, we can crochet socks that fit and look great!”.

Karen was good enough to answer a couple of questions, that will allow us to make good choices if we are considering crocheting socks from her book:
Q: If someone were crocheting socks for the first time, which one or two pair would you advise that they start with? 
A: I would definitely start with the Basic Cuff-Down Sock (shown at left) first.  Once that is mastered then try the Basic Toe-Up Sock! (shown at right).  The hardest part of a sock is the toe, based on my classes.  I find that if a student takes the cuff-down sock class first, they understand what the toe should be doing and that makes the toe up easier! 

 

Q: Are there any patterns that would be considered to be for the Advanced crocheter?
A: I would consider the Cabled Sock, the Lace Sock and the Cobblestone sock patterns for the Advanced Crocheter.  In those 3 socks, stitch counts and knowing where to put the hook to get the texture/lace work to come out right, can be confusing at times.  Counting and making sure your counts are right is crucial in order to get the cable, lacework and texture in the right places!

One lucky reader will receive a copy of this great book, signed by Karen herself! In order to qualify for this giveaway, make  a comment on this post telling us if you have ever tried crocheting socks before and what your experience was. PLEASE, PLEASE leave an email address or some other way we can contact you if you are the winner. One comment will be drawn randomly soon after the end of this Blog Tour, twelve days of socks!

I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

Yes! another giveaway! 
In honor or National Crochet Month, we are giving away several crochet related items this month!
I am so pleased to present a review on the new book from Leisure Arts,
Even at first glance, this book is awesome! I love the fact that EVERYTHING you need to know about crocheting socks is included in this book. As a novice sock crocheter, I can see that this book has A LOT to offer someone who wants to learn how to crochet socks. But it goes much further than that and offers nine creative designs for every level of sock crocheter!
This book is as complete as any crochet sock book that I have seen. There is so much helpful information.  Not only does it contain really nice patterns for making socks from different techniques, it explains how to pick the correct yarn and supplies, how to insure that your crochet socks will fit perfectly and the different methods of constructing socks. And there is something for everyone: men, women and older children. 
Crocheting a sock that fits is one of the more important aspects of Karen’s instructions. One of the most frequent comments that Karen gets about her sock instructions is that “you can actually make them to fit your own foot”! She covers everything from yarn, types of yarn fibers, colors, heel types, sizing, construction and tools. All the patterns come in multiple sizes and there are lots of step by step colorful photographs for the beginner Basic Cuff Down and the Basic Toe Up Sock. I can’t think of one thing that has been left out of this wonderful book.
With her very complete instructions, Karen assures us that “Yes, we can crochet socks that fit and look great!”.

Karen was good enough to answer a couple of questions, that will allow us to make good choices if we are considering crocheting socks from her book:
Q: If someone were crocheting socks for the first time, which one or two pair would you advise that they start with? 
A: I would definitely start with the Basic Cuff-Down Sock (shown at left) first.  Once that is mastered then try the Basic Toe-Up Sock! (shown at right).  The hardest part of a sock is the toe, based on my classes.  I find that if a student takes the cuff-down sock class first, they understand what the toe should be doing and that makes the toe up easier! 

 

Q: Are there any patterns that would be considered to be for the Advanced crocheter?
A: I would consider the Cabled Sock, the Lace Sock and the Cobblestone sock patterns for the Advanced Crocheter.  In those 3 socks, stitch counts and knowing where to put the hook to get the texture/lace work to come out right, can be confusing at times.  Counting and making sure your counts are right is crucial in order to get the cable, lacework and texture in the right places!

One lucky reader will receive a copy of this great book, signed by Karen herself! In order to qualify for this giveaway, make  a comment on this post telling us if you have ever tried crocheting socks before and what your experience was. PLEASE, PLEASE leave an email address or some other way we can contact you if you are the winner. One comment will be drawn randomly soon after the end of this Blog Tour, twelve days of socks!

Crochet Success

Sometimes when something doesn’t work out, (see previous post) we don’t realize that is because we are meant to do even better things. I completed the Easter purse to match the hat last night and I like it even better than the original one I intended to design! YAY! Here is a picture of the completed set. I hope to be able to post the pattern in my  Etsy Shoppe   later on today. Hooray for perseverance!!


Crochet Success

Sometimes when something doesn’t work out, (see previous post) we don’t realize that is because we are meant to do even better things. I completed the Easter purse to match the hat last night and I like it even better than the original one I intended to design! YAY! Here is a picture of the completed set. I hope to be able to post the pattern in my  Etsy Shoppe   later on today. Hooray for perseverance!!


A Review – Crochet That Fits ♥


What first drew me to look through and then buy the book Crochet That Fits by Mary Jane Hall was the beautiful dress on the front cover. Who wouldn’t be drawn to it? It is classy, trendy and very unlike so many traditionally boxy crochet garments. What makes it unbelievable, though, is that according to the book, this pattern is easy enough for an Advanced Beginner to make. What?? Are you kidding me? How can that be? Apparently, it’s Old Stitches, New Method that makes it possible.
Crochet That Fits introduces a “new method of graduated stitching to make flattering fashions the easy way”. This is accomplished by using different sized stitches within the same row to shape the garment, eliminating the need for increasing and decreasing. This method makes the projects in the book perfect for the beginning crocheter, who have been reluctant to try crocheting garments before now.
Not only that, you can learn to crochet garments that are form fitting, soft and drapeable and flattering to the figure. In crochet? How cool is that?
Mary Jane says “several different pieces can be made from the same fundamental design”. It all starts with Six Designs from One Basic Pattern, which shows the incredible versatility of this pattern! You can create a cape, skirt, arm warmers, poncho, hat and purse, all from the same pattern.
The book goes on to teach you how to adjust the patterns to fit any shape, all the while creating some lovely fashions and accessories. There are 33 in all in the book. Even non-beginners will have fun crocheting and creating items using this new method of shaping; especially since it will be so much easier to get the perfect fit with all of Mary Jane’s helpful tips and techniques that are included.
♥ A+ I especially love that Mary Jane gives several suggestions for yarn choices for almost every project.
♥ Favorite Projects: Little Black Dress, Cap Sleeve Top, Shoulder Wrap with Edging, Ruffled Shrug, Long Flared Skirt, Little Girl’s Dress
Crochet That Fits is also the winner of the Best Crochet Book for 2008, as voted by the members of the Crochet Liberation Front in their annual Flamies Awards.
You can read more about Crochet That Fits on Mary Jane’s own website: MARY JANE’S CROCHET.