Crochet flowers are a great thing to make. They can be attached together to create larger pieces including scarves and blankets. They can be used as embellishments on other crochet items. They can stand alone as decoration on a gift or on a variety of other items. They can even add beauty to the world around you if you’re into the yarnbombing thing! Today’s book review is on a crochet book that’s all about how to crochet flowers. It’s by Suzann Thompson and it’s calledCrochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers.
Who is this crochet book for?
The subtitle of this crochet book is “Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers” and that really sums up who this book is meant for. The designs are easy enough for even beginners to tackle. It’s for anyone who wants to crochet flowers. Of course, most of these designs are set up to be multi-color designs so if you hate changing colors in crochet then you may want to modify the designs into monochrome looks.
Crochet book format
The book starts with a one-page intro to the author and her love of crochet and flowers. This is followed by the basic intro to tools, supplies, stitches and techniques that you often find in crochet pattern books. One notable difference is that it also includes a page on crochet flower anatomy (such as what and where the calyx is), which is not only educational but is helpful in understanding some of the flower patterns in the book.
The flowers in this book are organized into four basic categories:
- Wild Flowers. Asters, ray flowers and a really basic rose are included in this section.
- Botanical Beauties. Roses, thistles, mumsies and orchids are featured in this section.
- Stacked and Layered. More detailed flower designs can be found here including a pearl trillium, primrose layers and a star flower.
- Fanciful Foliage. This is where the non-flower plants are depicted, things like leaves and shamrocks.
Each section starts with the instructions for how to make several flowers that fit into the category and then moves on to instructions for how to make specific projects utilizing these flower patterns. For example, the “wild flowers” section kicks off with instructions on how to make a “circles within circles” flower and then later in this section are instructions for how to turn several of these into embellishments for a “psychedelic garden blanket”.
For each pattern or project, you’ll get:
- Project name.
- A photo image of the project.
- Skill level necessary to complete the project.
- Finished project measurements.
- Gauge information.
- Materials required. This part is often vague, allowing you to select your own yarn types for the projects but not providing detailed information about hook size or yarn weight.
- Summary of stitches used including their crochet abbreviations.
- Pattern Notes – a section providing helpful tips making it easier to understand and complete the project.
- Round by round instructions.
- Finishing instructions.
The book wraps up with a brief about the author, some acknowledgments, information on crochet hook size conversions and U.S. vs. UK crochet terms and a brief, easy-to-understand index. One thing to note is that the index doesn’t list the different types of flowers, only different crochet techniques and materials, so it’s not useful for finding a specific type of flower to crochet.
Favorite projects from this crochet book
Some of my favorite projects from this book include:
Sunflower on a Grid. I love sunflowers and I love adding button work to crochet so this is a gimme!
Rolled Rose. There are a lot of patterns out there for crochet roses but I love this three-dimensional option with a stem!
This is a really random point but the font used for the text in the book, particularly project titles, is really pretty. Although this isn’t all that important, it’s a nice additional treat to enjoy when using this crochet book.
Question for readers
What is your absolute favorite crochet flower pattern?
If you like crocheting flowers the you might also be interested in the book100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet.