I’ve recently enjoyed several terrific crochet books, which I started sharing with you on the blog last week and will be continuing to do this week. Up today: Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet: Over 20 Hand-Crocheted Accessories and Garments to Make for You and Your Friends by Anna Wilkinson.
About this Crochet Book
Usually I make an effort to describe each crochet book in my own language, but I really felt like the description provided by this book was spot on and wanted to share it with you here:
“Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet is a collection of over 20 inspirational projects of modern, colorful and stylish accessories and garments for all crafters, no matter what their level of skill. With hints and tips to guide beginners every step of the way, the book includes ten Learn to Crochet projects that teach readers the most basic crochet techniques while the followingLove to Crochet garments provide all the inspiration and know-how needed to really master this highly versatile craft.”
I really love the very concept of this book … learn the craft’s basics, quickly move in to making crochet projects (mostly accessories) to strengthen and build upon those skills, and then go on to “love to crochet” projects (wearables) that will inspire you to fall in love with the craft. It’s a smart approach to a beginner’s crochet book; and it provides a sort of smaller book for people who already know how to crochet and just want to make fun projects.
Personable Crochet Instruction
One of the things that I really appreciated about the learning section of this crochet book was that the author is really personable. She has a great tone, the kind of tone that makes it feel like you’re there in the room with her and learning from a trusted teacher. She begins with an introduction to herself and her story of learning to crochet. She explains why she prefers crochet to knitting for certain projects. And she’s thorough – she remembers to include things like “pen and paper for note taking” in the materials and this attention to detail is given throughout the instructions so that you really learn the craft from the bottom up.
Scales of Difficulty
Even within a single crochet pattern, Wilkinson provides options that allow the beginner crocheter to take things slowly while the more advanced (or adventurous) crocheter can take it a little bit further. For example, the Simple Wristwarmers are designed to be a striped crochet pattern but the beginner is shown how to do the pattern in a single color so as not to worry about color changing just yet. And if you’re ready to change colors; Anna actually provides two different colorful striped patterns so you can see how the same pattern can look different with different color choices. So you get three crochet patterns in one here while also learning a lot about the craft itself.
Achievable but not Dumbed Down
The wrist warmers are just one example of how Wilkinson has provided instructions for all skill levels. I love that she approaches the book by offering simple crochet patterns that are achievable but she hasn’t dumbed it down. You don’t feel like you’re making boring crochet patterns that you’ll never use before you can go on to make things you’ll love. Beginners are shown how to work intarsia crochet, how to make their first cropped t-shirt, how to work with alternative materials like jute twine. The book recognizes that you may be a beginner to crochet but you’re not a beginner to the world of making and creativity and you want to be able to make unique and interesting and challenging items.
Note: I’ve included images of crochet sweaters from this book because they were my favorite designs but that’s not the only thing you’ll find here. There are crochet patterns in Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet for scarves, bags, slippers, a headband, a dress and more.
Sol Rencoret of A Crochet Journey got to try on some of the beautiful makes in this crochet book and shares a lot of terrific detail about the title so check out her crochet book review for more information.