Crochet Books: Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies

by Kathryn on July 12, 2011 · 8 comments

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This week’s crochet book review is of Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear Crochet Books: Twinkie Chans Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. I actually won this book in a giveaway from CraftGossip.com earlier this year. It’s a fun book for people seeking something different to make and wear!

Who this crochet book is for

This crochet pattern book is easy to follow so it would work for most people in terms of skill level. However the designs are unique so they obviously would have to appeal to you for the book to make sense for you. They are all food-inspired so if you’re seeking something funky and fun and food-loving then this book would work for you. The items are mostly made in repeating motifs so that’s something to take into consideration when determining whether or not the book is a good choice for you. And the items are all wearable but they could be adapted into decor items by changing the way you arrange the motifs.

Format of this crochet book

First let me say that this book is done in fun fonts and great colors with silly illustrations, all of which make it a joy to flip through this book. It’s like a kids’ book made for the adult who is a child at heart.

The book starts with acknowledgments that give a little bit of insight into the book’s creation. Then there’s a highly quotable introduction that gives us some insight into designer Twinkie Chan. Then we get a “how to” section with the basics of gauge, common stitch instructions, etc. It’s comparable to what is found in most other crochet pattern books and is accompanied by helpful drawings.

Then we launch into the patterns. They are divided into three sections: sweet things, fruits and veggies, and savory stuff. There are eight patterns in the sweet section and six each in the other two sections. The majority of these are scarf patterns but there are a couple of other options including a hat, a tissue cozy and fingerless mittens.

Each pattern includes:

  • Descriptive pattern name that makes it super clear what you’re making (like a cupcake scarf).
  • The “ingredients” including the amount, type and color of yarn used, hook size used and anything extra needed (such as fabric glue).
  • An intro to the pattern by Twinkie. These are first person intros that are very descriptive and really personalize and enhance the book in a way that you don’t usually see in most pattern books.
  • Gauge information for each yarn used in the pattern.
  • Row by row instructions. They are very clear with extra notes (such as when a ch 3 acts as your first dc).
  • Photo of Twinkie wearing the item. Additional photos of the item alone as well as helpful drawings also supplement the written instructions.

Favorite patterns from this crochet book

As the name of the book and its chapters suggests, the patterns are all inspired by foods. Here are some of my favorites:

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Pink Grapefruit Scarf

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Cupcake Scarf

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Bacon and Eggs Scarf

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Strawberry Fingerless Mittens

Special notes

I want to add that what’s really great about Twinkie Chan’s instructions is that she shares notes in a personal voice that make it feel like you have a teacher right there with you as you work the pattern. For example, she gives super clear instructions about how to rotate the cupcake scarf clockwise as you work it and she notes, “I know this seems weird, but I noticed that a lot of my cupcake scarves were bending or curling at the edge after all the cupcakes were assembled …” and provides information as to why. So you not only know what to do but you know why you are doing it that way.

As a bonus I’d like to note that the drawings in the book designed to help you figure out the instructions are done in color, which I think is a nice fun touch compared to black-and-white drawings. It’s unique.

Have you made any of Twinkie Chan’s patterns?

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  1. [...] scarf is inspired by the Pink Grapefruit Scarf by Twinkie Chan. The pattern is in her crochet book (Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies). I have variations in the color. And I haven’t decided [...]

  2. [...] Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear. I used the book a lot, did a crochet book review and then offered my copy for giveaway at the end of the year. @twinkiechan continues doing cool [...]

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