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