This week’s crochet book review is for the Reader’s Digest book called Crochet in No Time written by Melody Griffiths. This is a project crochet book subtitled “a simple, stylish collection of 52 quick crochet projects”.
Who is this book for?
This is one of those books with projects for everyone. As the author describes in the introduction: “There are projects worked in the round, projects worked in rows, projects that took less than an hour to make, scrap-yarn projects, heirloom projects, projects for beginners, and projects that require more determination”.
This crochet book has a short introduction and then it dives straight into the projects. The projects are organized into five different categories:
- Scarves, wraps, hats and gloves
- Other accessories
- Jackets, sweaters and tops
- Stuff for babies and children
- Items for the home
The format for each project is as follows:
- Name of project. The projects are well-named to tell you what they are and what they look like. For example, the “simple shell scarf” is a scarf using the shell stitch.
- Both a drawing and a photo of the finished project. You’ll know exactly what you’re making!
- A short description of the project.
- The estimated time it takes to complete the project. I love that this is included since a lot of crochet books don’t have this important information for their projects.
- The yarns that are used in the project.
- The finished size of the project.
- The items that you’ll need including the yarn type and amount and the hook size.
- Gauge information. Good crochet books always tell you what your gauge should be so that you can make sure you’re crocheting the project properly.
- Abbreviations used in the project. It’s always good to have a quick reminder of what those abbreviations mean.
- Project instructions. The book gives row by row instructions for finishing the project.
- Tips. There is a sidebar for each project with great additional tips about improving on the project.
- An additional excerpt sentence about the project. It helps you easily see if you want to do the project. For example, the excerpt sentence for the “shaded fluted scarf” reads: “Get two looks from this fine mohair-and-silk scarf; let the edges flute for a soft ruffle effect, or let it twist for a pretty rope of bell shapes.”
After the last project in the book there is a “techniques” section. This reminds you of exactly how to do various stitches in case you don’t remember or know how. This is usually at the front of most crochet books but it doesn’t really matter where it’s place as long as it’s there. This one is easy to follow. After that is a short list of yarn suppliers and an index for the crochet book.
Favorite projects from this crochet book
Some of the projects in this book that I was particularly drawn to were:
Granny Square Gloves. What a cool simple project:
There were some others I liked as well but I’ll let you discover them for yourself!
One neat thing to note about this crochet book is that it has 52 projects. Since there are 52 weeks in a year you could do one project per week and be busy all year long with just this one book!
What is your experience with Reader’s Digest crochet books?