Wednesday, 30 January 2013

New Crochet Books

I love crochet pattern books. I love to look through them at all the stunning projects and the beautifully styled photographs, and I love how they look all lined up on my bookshelf, or, as is more often the case, stacked on the end of the sofa next to my basket of yarn.

With some money that I got for Christmas I purchased three new crochet books for myself. I purchased them online, never having actually paged through the books themselves, and was thrilled when I got my happy package in the mail. The books were every bit as wonderful as I had hoped they would be. Buying books online can be a tad uncertain - the cover looks lovely and the write up sounds good, but you never know for sure if the patterns will live up to your expectations. Well these recent book purchases did indeed live up to my expectations and I have spent many hours pouring over the pages of wonderful project ideas.

Enough rambling then. Which books did I buy? Let me show you.

1. Granny Square Crochet by Catherine Hirst
In my mind, granny squares = love. I have already bookmarked many of the patterns in this book. I especially love the pillow on the cover; I think it would be a perfect project to use up the leftover yarn from my Garden Patch Granny Afghan.

2. Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rimoli
I have another similar book by the same author and the patterns are so simple to follow and the toys are so cute. I love the little unicorn that you can see on the cover; definitely making that one.

3. Crochet Garden by Suzann Thompson
The flower patterns in this book seem hard. Almost every pattern calls for a stitch I have never even heard of, and most patterns are rated as Intermediate or Experienced. That being said, I look forward to challenging myself to try some of the new stitches and techniques in this book.

Needless to say that with these new books in my hands my head is spinning with all kinds of project possibilities....which is so very fun and exciting. That is one of the great things about new pattern books, so many ideas!

I should also mention that I had a very difficult time selecting these three books from the many incredible crochet books that are available. It was so hard to choose!

I would love to hear about the crochet books on your shelf. If there are any that you absolutely adore, please let me know - because a yarn-loving girl can never have too many pattern books.

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