Crochet Book Review: Crochet Jewelry

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Today’s crochet book review is of an Interweave Press publication called Crochet Jewelry: 40 Beautiful and Unique Designs Crochet Book Review: Crochet Jewelry by Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher.

Who this crochet book is for

This crochet book is all about crochet jewelry so it’s specifically for people who are interested in making crochet earrings, necklaces and other jewelry. Although some of the crochet jewelry in this book is made with yarn, many of the designs use crochet thread and wire. For that reason, it’s a book designed for people who are either familiar with these materials or interested in expanding their crochet experience to include these materials. Because working with smaller hooks and materials like crochet thread is a bit difficult at first, I would say that this book is for intermediate and experienced crocheters rather than people who are just starting to learn crochet. However the intro to the book does have detailed crochet instructions so a motivated beginner could also probably use the book.
Book format
This book starts off with a big introduction to the materials, tools and techniques required to complete the projects in the book. This is important since not all crocheters are familiar with the jewelry materials that are used throughout the book. It also covers some of the basics that you may know such as a description of yarn weights and how to crochet in the round.
Next come all of the patterns. What each pattern has:
  • Project name
  • Photo of model wearing project (sometimes multiple photos)
  • An additional close up photo of the item alone
  • Skill level needed to complete the project
  • Description of what the project is
  • Row by row crochet instructions
  • Step-by-step instructions and photos for specific techniques (like crocheting around beads, for example)
  • A side bar showing the materials required, finished size and crochet abbreviations used in the project

The crochet book then ends with bios of the designers featured in the book and an index for the book. The patterns in the book are easy to follow and all of the information you need is easy to find.

Favorite patterns from this crochet book
A couple of the items I am excited to try out of this crochet book include the big bead necklace and the crochet circle necklace, pictured below:
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Amazon description of this crochet book
“Contemporary accessories are easy to make with the step-by-step photographs and instructions adapted from simple crochet techniques found in this book. Featured projects include multicolored bead and crochet necklaces, lacy spider web chokers, delicate yarn and wire bracelets, lively cherry earrings, mohair flower pins, and pretty cocktail rings embellished with beads and stones. Materials and finishes include ribbon and eyelash yarns, silver and gold wire, beads, crystals, and ribbons, and an explanation of all the necessary tools and stitches is provided.”

Additional notes
The patterns in this book do not show gauge, which is common when it comes to crochet jewelry. You can play around with materials and hook sizes to create different jewelry sizes via trial and error.

Reader question
What experience do you have with crocheting jewelry? Are there certain things about it that you love or that you would really enjoy learning? Share your answer in the comments below!
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