For my first crochet book review on this site I wanted to focus on one of my favorite crochet project books. It’s Vickie Howell’s Pop Goes Crochet!: 36 Projects Inspired by Icons of Popular Culture. I get most of my crochet books from the local library and this one is no exception. I’ve checked it out more than once and kept it until it’s due date every time. That’s because it’s a really fun book with several great projects.
Who is this book for?
This is a terrific crochet book for people who are interested in fashion, especially celebrity fashion. It reveals a little bit of information about the history of crochet in the fashion world from the 1920’s on. I wouldn’t say that it’s a good book for beginning crochet artists. It doesn’t have a lot of extra instruction for people who aren’t familiar with crochet. That said, it’s really easy to follow and I started using it soon after I began crocheting so it doesn’t require super advanced skills either.
Vickie Howell’s Pop Goes Crochet starts with a great introduction to the intersection of crochet and fashion. This is followed by the 36 projects, each of which is based on the fashion style of a different celebrity icon. These celebrities are divided into 5 groups:
- Rebels. If you like Dita Von Teese or Marc Jacobs then you might want to check out what’s available in this section.
- Icons. These are the classics like Grace Kelly and Shirley Temple.
- Fashionistas. If the names Giselle, Yohji and Harlow mean anything to you then you’ll want to check out the crochet projects in this chapter.
- Starlets. If Angelina, Gwyneth and Mary-Kate are more your thing then starlets is the section for you.
- Rockers. Do you want to crochet something that could be worn by Cher or Bjork? The final six projects in the book are a great place to start learning those skills.
At the end of the book you’ll get some basic crochet information like crochet abbreviations, a yarn weight chart and information on crochet hook equivalents. There’s also a section on the crochet artists that designed these projects, providing you with more information about the people that you want to learn more from.
Some of the projects in this book that I have found to be most interesting include:
I adore the above Angelina-inspired faux-boots. They’re essentially footed legwarmers crocheted over a pair of high heels. I haven’t actually completed this project myself but it’s on my To Do list! The pattern asks for yak yarn, size D and G crochet hooks and super simply crochet skills like single and double crochet.
This Esther Williams inspired swimsuit is super cute! I actually tried to make it last year and failed but I’d only been crocheting for a few months. I need to start thinking about working on it again before summer gets here! I think I may have actually been using the wrong type of yarn at the time and didn’t realize it. The suggested yarn from the book is Cascade Fixation, a cotton yarn with some elastic in it. The pattern uses C and D size hooks and requires switching between several different basic crochet stitches.
These red cashmere socks inspired by Salma Hayek add a nice little pop to any outfit! It requires a tiny size B crochet hook and some experience with knitting so it’s not an easy project but it’s an interesting one for people who do both crochet and knitting.
This is one of those books that is definitely worth its money if you’re someone who buys books on crochet. It features many different styles, projects ranging from intricate to fairly simple and options for both small and large items that make great gifts for other fashionistas.
Have you used this book? What are your thoughts about it?