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Crochet Basics

Crochet BasicsCrochet Basics
Gifted by: Cico Books
www.rylandpeters.com
Reviewed by Madison Bowes, Editor, AllFreeCrochet.com
 


Yarn crafting has recently had a huge revival. Instead of being looked at as a craft to be learned when you are fifty, it is now held in esteem by people as young as fifteen. Nicki Trench saw this pique in interest and knew it was a chance to use her skills as an expert teacher. In her book Crochet Basics, she teaches you step-by-step everything you need to know; from something as simple as how to hold your hook to more complex instructions about blocking, steaming, and pressing your projects, Trench will help you every step of the way.

 

With 20 different patterns to choose from, you will be hard-pressed to pick your favorite. The one that immediately caught my eye is on page 46, the Round Pillow. While pillows are a basic in crochet, they are not all created the same. This pillow pattern features an adorable scalloped edge, and gives you endless opportunities to customize it. Try working the edging up in a different color than the main pillow, or sewing crocheted flowers to the center for a fun pop of color and texture.

 

This book is full of amazing gift ideas. If you have a student going to college, try working up the beaded headband for a fun fashion statement, or the heart pillow to show how much you love them. Need a unique gift for a friend's birthday? Look no further! The silky camisole is a luxurious project that is unexpected and will leave your friend awe-struck that you made it yourself.

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