This week’s crochet book review is of a fun book called Kooky Crochetby Linda Kopp. Subtitled “30 remarkably wacky projects”, which book has cheeky pictures, lots of odd little things to make and just a lot of silly fun. Great for kids and adults as well!
Who this crochet book is for
This is a crochet pattern book featuring patterns for wearable and non-wearable items that are all fun and funky. You will find everything from kitty toys to a Lucha Libre ski mask in here. If you’re looking for something different than what you usually make to craft then this is a good book. It’s made up of easy-to-follow patterns that are nearly all in the “beginner” or “easy” category so it’s good even for someone fairly new to crochet.
Crochet book format
Kooky Crochet starts with a short introduction by the author and then launches directly into the thirty patterns that are available in the book. The patterns are divided into three sections: “kitsch for home & self”, “wacky wearables” and “madcap accessories”. There is a two-page color spread at the start of each section showing the items in that section.
Each pattern includes:
- Fun title, sometimes with a descriptive subtitled. For example, the first pattern is called “Cronuts and Crochagels” and is subtitled (AKA crocheted donuts and bagels)
- Designer’s name
- Cheeky fun description of the item.
- Skill level (beginner, easy, etc.(
- Finished measurement
- Amount and type of yarn needed (such as 70 yards bulky weight); it also says specifically what brand and color were used for the items shown in the book
- Hook size needed
- Extra items needed (such as yarn needle)
- Stitches used in pattern including abbreviations (such as chain – ch)
- Special techniques and where to find instructions for those techniques in the book
- Gauge information
- Special pattern notes (such as unique color change directions)
- Row by row instructions, assembly information and finishing information
- Some patterns also include a stitch diagram but not all of them do.
After all of the patterns there is a section called “gallery” that shows off some designer crochet artwork. There are featured pieces by crochet artists Nathan Vincent, Elaine Bradford, Patricia Waller and Jenny Dowde. This is followed by the bios for designers in the book. There are names that you will recognize here including Vashti Braha, “The Crochet Dude” Drew Emborsky and Crochet Queen Gwen Blakley Kinsler.
After this you’ll find the “stitches and techniques” section, which is often at the beginning of crochet books but may be found at the end sometimes like this. Each set of instructions is accompanied by clear drawings to make it easy to follow the stitches if you have forgotten or don’t know any of them. Acknowledgments and a simple index complete the book.
Favorite patterns from this crochet book
Other notes about this book
I appreciate that the patterns in this book are super easy to follow. I think they’re easy to understand and really designed with a beginner in mind. However, because the designs are so fun and unique they aren’t going to bore someone who has been crocheting for awhile. I especially think that they would be fun to do with a kids’ crochet groups even though this is definitely a crochet book that adults can enjoy.