Dover has a series of books called Crochet Stories that combine the sharing of popular stories with amigurumi crochet patterns for the characters in those books. Each of these books is really adorable. The stories are well-known and offer nostalgia for many readers. The characters are inspired, creative and yet easy-to-make. The books offer a great opportunity for a crafter to read the stories to children and also give them their own handcrafted versions of the characters so that they can act out what they hear.
The book that I’m looking at now is called Mandalas and Doilies to Crochet: Delightful Designs to Brighten Your Life. This book doesn’t particularly differentiate between the two (mandalas and doilies), considering both to be round, typically colorful, crochet designs. The idea behind the title is to take inspiration from vintage dollies but to recreate them as absolutely contemporary decor, primarily through the smart use of bold colors.
I’ve had the opportunity to review a copy of Crochet in Black-and-White and am finding it refreshingly wonderful! I love the concept; as much as I love brightly colored crochet, there is something utterly fabulous about two-tone black-and-white designs. I love the projects, especially the inclusion of a few crochet art pieces for the home, which is not something that I see often enough in crochet books. And I love the design of the pieces, which use simple stitches in smart ways to really showcase the graphic appeal of black-and-white work.
Craftsy is a great resource for all sorts of things – crochet classes, yarn, patterns … They also have a great selection of crochet kits in their online store. If you’re looking for a new pattern and you’ll need the yarn to make it, this is a great resource to consider. They often have discounts on their crochet kits.
I was beyond thrilled when I found out that Amanda Perkins was going to be writing a crochet book. I have long been following her beautiful work, always stunned by her unique color combinations, her layout of intricate crochet motifs and her prolific production of truly impressive designs. I have always thought of her crochet blankets as individual works of art and was surprised the first time I learned that she offers crochet patterns so that others can replicate these works of art. I think it’s brilliant that she does this and would definitely encourage blanket-makers to check her out. And those who wish to can now do that with her book!
Baby Crochet Design: Hats and Booties by Graziana Materassi is an adorable crochet of matching themed baby booties and hat sets. They are creative enough to work as baby’s first costume but they can also be cute every day wear for little ones … and they definitely make great gifts for the babies in your life!
The Rose Cardigan Crochet Kit from Wool and the Gang is a beautiful set for making your own cotton crochet cardi. I was happy to receive a kit in the color Spearmint Green to play with.