Thursday, February 21, 2013

Adult Non-Fiction Review: Crochet One-Skein Wonders

Crochet One-Skein Wonders

Durant, J & Eckman, E (eds.). 2013. Crochet One-Skein Wonders. Massachusetts, USA: Storey Publishing.

[Genre: Needlecraft, Crochet]

Thank you to Netgalley and Storey Publishing for my advanced reader copy.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders is the latest in the one-skein series from Storey Publishing and the first dedicated solely to crochet. It contains 101 patterns over seven different weights of yarn, including scarves, clothing, toys, jewelry, bags and more.

There are lots of things to like about Crochet One-Skein Wonders. And I mean LOTS. It's an extremely well-thought out book. Patterns are given in both text and diagram form, hook size is given in USA and UK terms and a pattern essentials sections explains the less common stitches used in each pattern, if any. There is useful information at every turn, such as the panel dedicated to adapting the toy patterns for under three year olds. The patterns are accompanied by a thorough appendix that is a useful flick-to guide for any crocheter, covering stitch abbreviations and diagrams, picture explanations of less used techniques, a glossary of yarn weights and lots more. The only true admission I could think of was a blocking guide - blocking is referred to in a majority of patterns in the book.

On a smaller note, a concrete statement as to whether the patterns use UK or USA crochet stitches would have also been appreciated, something I wish more crochet books would state. Even though Crochet One-Skein Wonders is from a USA publisher, no doubt it will be available all over the world thanks to the wonders of modern technology, and the simple sentence does make life easier for those of us outside of the USA or UK.

The patterns themselves are unique and practical. To many modern crochet and knitting pattern compilation books fall into providing multiple patterns for items that haven't been in common household use or worn since the 70's. With the exception of three or four patterns, a tiny proportion out of 101, Crochet One-Skein Wonders keeps itself out of that trap . It was slightly disappointing that the entire lace-weight section is simply variations on scarves, but this is a minor complaint. Just flicking through seven patterns went on my immediate to-do list, which is quite a few for any single pattern book. I'm especially looking forward to starting the Bellisfaire Beanie and I need to find a small child just to have an excuse to try Niles the Crocodile (pictured on the cover, isn't he cute!). There will definitely be something in here for everyone.

A solid 4 stars, this one is a great addition to any craft bookshelf.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders is released on 6th March 2013.

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