I recently received a review copy of Robyn Chachula’s Blueprint Crochet Sweaters: Techniques for Custom Construction (Interweave/F+W Media; $24.95), and after checking it out in depth I can say that it’s a book I’d recommend to those crochet lovers who want to improve their skills with making wearables that actually work for you.
About Blueprint Crochet Sweaters
In this book Robyn Chachula breaks down the crochet sweater design process so that the reader can gain a step-by-step understanding of how a sweater is made. This includes covering the basics of the design as well as getting into unique types of construction. The point of this book is not just to offer you some beautiful crochet patterns (although there aer 16 gorgeous patterns in the book) but to really help you understand how to design and alter patterns so that you can create sweaters that actually fit you well.
Interweave says that it’s “the perfect introduction to the building blocks of crochet sweater construction, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters breaks down intimidating garment design into easily digestible parts, offering a deeper appreciation and understanding of how to create projects that reflect your own personal style.” This is done primarily through practicing the different patterns, rather than through a bunch of theoretical discussion.
5 Reasons You’ll Want to Buy This Crochet Book
Before even seeing this book I had named it one of 2013′s crochet books to pre-order. Now I can give more info as to why:
1. Truly Gorgeous, Unique Crochet Patterns
I spend a lot of time looking at crochet patterns online and in books. I’m frequently amazed at how many original designs are out there but I will say that the oversaturation of crochet patterns in the market today means that sometimes it can start to feel like you’ve seen it all before. Then an original pattern will come along that makes you look twice and remember yet again how amazingly creative designers and artists can get with crochet. That’s the case with not just one but nearly every single crochet pattern in Blueprint Crochet Sweaters. From the stitch patterns to the garment shapes, these are crochet patterns that make you look twice and want to create! while most of the patterns are sweaters there are also variations including tanks, tunics and and the Burnt Plaid Dress shown above, which is my favorite of all of the designs.
2. You will truly learn different types of sweater construction.
Robyn takes the reader through many different types of sweater construction including classic, top-down, in-the-round, motif based construction and more. This means that there’s a good chance that there is something new for you to learn from this book even if you are already an experienced crocheter (and especially if you’re a relative beginner when it comes to garment construction).
3. It has a great friendly tone, so you’ll feel like you’re learning from a friend.
Robyn provides succinct information that is clear and easy to understand but doesn’t talk down to the reader. She teaches crochet classes and you can see this come through in her writing. This makes the book unintimidating and informative. There are lots of things to like about it but one that I’ll highlight is her section of “Top 10 Tips for Mastering your Crochet Design”.
4. Adaptable to different learning styles
Blueprint Crochet Sweaters includes clear word-based instructions, symbol charts, photo close-ups, garment diagrams with measurements and extra notes so there are a lot of different ways to approach learning each pattern. Tip: Work through the different types of options to get a full understanding of how each garment is constructed.
5. Beautiful photos
This is one of those crochet books that is useful but also makes a great coffee table book because the photos are such a pleasure to flip through. Enjoy!
About the Author: Robyn Chachula
As you can tell, I’m a fan of this crochet designer. I’ve featured her work in many posts including:
- 10 Terrific Crochet Shawl Designers
- 20 Free One Skein Crochet Patterns
- Beautiful Examples of Crochet Jewelry
Robyn, known online as Crochet by Faye, has such unique and inspiring patterns in part because her background is in architectural and structural engineering so she brings a math-based process to her design work and that’s what gives it such great shape. She says on her website, “My crochet designs are geared for the intermediate crocheter that is ready to take the next step in their craft, but are not so complex that they will fail.” See more of her crochet patterns for sale on her website.
Other Books by Robyn Chachula
Robyn has authored quite a few different crochet books; here are some of those:
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