Last week I deviated from the norm in my crochet book review, looking at an artwear book instead. This week, though, I’m back on track with a book that’s really about crochet. It’s a crochet project book with twenty different wearable crochet patterns. It’s by Jane Davis. It’s full title is: The Weekend Crafter: Crochet: 20 Simple and Stylish Designs to Wear.
Who this crochet book is for
This crochet book would work for beginner crocheters. It has very easy-to-follow directions for projects of various sizes. It has detailed information about how to do all stitches, including basic stitches.
This books begins with a basic introduction. It then covers the basics of crocheting like the hooks, stitch markers, yarn and techniques that are used in the patterns that follow. There are some aspects of this section that are good (like a great chart showing different weights, with a description of what they are and information about what hooks you can use with each of them). This sections is followed by the patterns. Those are laid out as follows:
- Photo of the finished project.
- Descriptive project title (such as “Enchanted Evening Bag”).
- Short description of the project.
- A “you will need” section showing the type and amount of yarn, hook size and other items needed to complete the project.
- Finished measurements.
- Gauge information.
- Stitches used. This is a short list of the abbreviations for stitches used. For example, the “enchanted evening bag” uses ch, sc and dc. If you don’t know what those abbreviations mean you can check back in the basics section for more information.
- Detailed photo-rich instructions of how to complete the project. This is what sets the book apart from most other crochet books. It does not only have row-by-row written instructions but each step also has a photo showing what you’re supposed to be doing. This is helpful so that you can see how the work is supposed to look as you move along.
- Occasional additional tips. These are set into a sidebar to help you improve your crochet project.
After the pattern section of the book is complete, there is a “stitch and pattern symbol library”. This is great for people who enjoy relying on stitch patterns in their work. It’s not necessarily useful for the patterns in the book itself since they don’t show these symbols in their instructions. However it can be helpful for your other projects. It also shows photos of what different stitches should look like (such as V-shells and pebble stitches). At the very end of the book is a simple index.
Favorite patterns from this crochet book
My favorite pattern in this book is for a cable scarf and hat. What I love is that it’s unusual to find information about how to crochet the classic cable design. This is usually something that people knit. However, since I don’t knit, I love that there’s a crochet option.
I also like the first project in the book, an easy-to-do project called the Enchanted Evening Bag:
I also kind of like the jewel tone hat and scarf (photo from Yarn Methods):
Although the title of the book notes that these are things to wear, the patterns are mostly NOT for clothing. What they are for is other wearables like scarves, hats, belts and bags. There is a sweater design although I personally don’t like it much.
This book was written about ten years ago. Do you have any problems getting crochet patterns from old books (that aren’t so old as to be vintage)? Or are you fine with that?