Does your heart perk up a little when you see a colorful crochet item that would fit perfectly in your home? Does your list of favorite crochet blogs include color-rich work like that of Attic 24, Bunny Mummy, Little Woolie and IDA Interior Lifestyle? Are your Pinterest boards filled with pins of boldly colored crochet items? I know mine are.
I love colorful crochet, especially if it’s designed to add boldness to the home. And I think I love it even more because I don’t actually often make it myself since I’m not a huge fan of changing colors and joining motifs and weaving in ends and all of the work that goes into those projects. Every once in awhile, though, I’ll see one of those colorful crochet items that I just need to make and that definitely happened as I browsed through the “25 clever projects for colorful living” in the new book by Brett Bara called Crochet At Home (Interweave/F+W Media; $22.95).
About Crochet at Home
“In Crochet at Home, editor Brett Bara and a team of crochet experts bring 25 exciting home projects to life. Explore a collection of practical, pretty pieces for your kitchen, living room, and bedroom: from a riotously colorful blanket, to a delicate bunting of crocheted snowflakes, to flower-inspired trivets that are anything but dull-and even a full-sized ottoman! Techniques such as felting, lace, and crocheting with wire will appeal to beginner and advanced crocheters alike.”
Bara makes some great points in the introduction to the book about why you might want to crochet small items for your home, including:
- “a few well-chosen handmade accessories will go a long way toward personalizing your abode”
- they’re a great way to freshen up existing decor that you may be bored with
- crochet can add a lot of new life to basic inexpensive items
In addition to the 25 great projects in the book there are a lot of great tips for how to work with color, choose the right colors and use crochet to update your living space.
Crochet for 3 Main Rooms
The 25 different projects in this crochet book are divided into three main categories based on the room they are likely to go into in your home: living room, bedroom and kitchen. Here are some of my favorite patterns for each room:
Living Room Crochet
Spring Wreath from Linda Permann’s Switchable Seasons Wreath Pattern
Ruffles and Ridges Pillow by Kathy Merrick
Technicolor Cube Ottoman crochet pattern by Regina Rioux
Stitch Sampler Bolster crochet pattern by Kathy Merrick
Blooming Pot Holders crochet pattern by Maryse Roudier
Watermelon Coasters crochet pattern by Amy Polcyn
About Brett Bara
Editor Brett Bara is a New York based designer, crafter, author, maker and TV personality on the Knit and Crochet Show. She has written books on knitting, crochet and sewing and is the former editor of Crochet Today magazine.
Other Crochet Designers
This book is edited by Brett Bara but it includes the work of more than twenty different crochet designers, many of whom you probably will recognize by name. Some of my favorite designers in this book are Kathy Merrick, Linda Permann, Robyn Chachula, Ellen Gormley, Doris Chan and Ana Paula Rimoli.
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