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Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 Quick Weekend Projects Paperback – Nov 27 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (Nov. 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596688270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596688278
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Brett Bara was the editor of Crochet Today and continues to host the popular show Knit and Crochet Now! on public television. Previously she was Crafts Editor at Woman's Day Special Interest Publications and a writer for numerous national magazines including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Details, Men's Health, and Prevention. She is the author of Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight.

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Hi, this book looked great, but when you actually try to do the patterns, my mom who has been a crocheter for 20 years (so has lots of experience) found it very hard to understand. The patterns are not reader friendly, I think the problem is the author is counting on you reading the book from the beginning and maybe even starting beginner projects to understand what she's saying. So you can't just pick a pattern and go! Not the best written crochet book I've ever read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely looking projects, inadequate instructions Nov. 14 2012
By BarbaraS - Published on Amazon.com
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If I could have given the book 3 and a half stars I would have. The projects look beautiful, and some have instructions that are clear. Unfortunately, the book as a whole is disappointing.

I consider myself an intermediate to advanced-level crocheter, and have completed a variety of projects. As a beginning sewist, I loved Brett Bara's Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight and found that book's instructions clear and well photographed.

Unfortunately, "Clever Crochet Accessories" is more like a crochet coffee table book. The projects are beautifully photographed, giving two or three views of each accessory. Disappointingly, the instructions seem like an afterthought. Some of the projects do have diagrams and well written instructions. A few more charts and diagrams would have made a big difference for the majority of the projects. Did the publisher set a page limit per project?

The instructions for the Pork Pie Hat (which looks like a really cool project) are particularly inpenetrable. The intro to the project describes it as made in Tunisian crochet, but the list of hooks doesn't specify Tunisian. I think it might need a double ended Tunisian hook, if indeed it is a Tunisian project, but the book doesn't say! A drawing of one or two (or all) of the special stitches used in that project would have made a world of difference, since I have never seen those stitches anywhere else. There are diagrams of basic crochet stitches at the end of the book, though if you need those diagrams, you've bought the wrong book.

Maybe it's me. Maybe this is an experienced-level book, designed to challenge the top level crocheter. It would have been nice if that had been made more clear.
It would have been a five star book with better instructions. The projects look really lovely, and I wish they were more accessible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Designs That Make a Knitter Itch to Crochet! Jan. 20 2013
By 🌺 Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I'm more of a knitter than a crocheter, CLEVER CROCHETED ACCESSORIES has a lot of designs that make me itch to pick up a crochet hook! My favorite design is the man's "Sedimentary Hat" (sort of a beanie), but a close second is the woman's "Entwined Ear Warmer" (a wide, colorful, button-on band made of two interlocked half-bands). My husband is going to get one of those Sedimentary hats.

I also love the "Flowering Change Purse" (using an Inazuma metal purse frame), the "Silky-Soft Scarf (worked lengthwise in a shell pattern), the "Embellished Belt" (Tunisian crochet with embroidery and faux leather buckle), the "Interlocking Rings Necklace" (a tour de force made from metal key rings covered with sparkly thread crochet), and the "Amazing Motif Bag" (looks like it is made of loomed flowers, but the puffy flowers are crocheted motifs).

There are some pretty patterns for socks: "Diamond Lace" (with "eyelet" holes), and "Hiking Socks" (with faux "cables"). These I won't make, because I think knitted socks achieve a better fit, but I'm still impressed with the designs.

Because this is an Interweave Press book, the photography and pattern layouts are beautiful. Also, the instructions (whether written-out or charted) appear to me to be clear and easy to follow. There are written-out directions for executing the unusual crochet stitches, even though there are no illustrations for these stitches.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me enjoy crochet again . . . Jan. 5 2014
By Joseph W Heckman - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an avid knitter, but my Grammy taught me to crochet when I was a kid. All the patterns out there for crochet seem so frumpy and old-fashioned, that I hardly gave them a glance . . . until I found this book. My husband bought it for me for Christmas from my Wishlist and I haven't stopped crocheting since! The patterns for this book are very interesting, but not unattainable. I've made several hats already from it (lots of compliments received, I might add) and just want to keep going and trying new patterns. One of the best books I've found for awhile!
4.0 out of 5 stars They seem very easy to understand and follow Sept. 7 2014
By codfish mon - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not done a project from this book yet, but I have read through a few patterns that I wish to make after I complete the project I am doing. They seem very easy to understand and follow. The sneak peek option does not show you much to help you decide if it would be worth the purchase. So, I thought I would get it and if I did not like it, I could return it. Anyway, I am pleased that I really like all the other patterns in the book. I can definitely see myself doing each project in the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought this book for one pattern in particular. ... Dec 12 2016
By Wordlover - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for one pattern in particular. That pattern proved to be VERY complicated to follow and other purchasers I see, returned the book. However, I am not so feint hearted and retained my copy. I have mastered half of the pattern so far.

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