By: Melody Griffiths
Published By: CICO Books
Book reviewed by Michael Sellick - The Crochet Crowd
“Artistic Crochet” is what comes to mind when I think of this book. I had already purchased this book prior to being asked to review it. The green afghan with the wildflower design on the cover grabbed my attention. This book goes beyond the traditional crochet techniques to something that takes the normal crochet hook and creates another dimension of crochet with an artistic edge.
The pictures inside this book are crystal clear. Me, being a very visual person can observe the stitches and count them out for myself to help me understand the written pattern directions. The ideas are modern and extremely colorful in design. In some of the designs, there are Charted Diagrams to show where the stitches are being placed.
The “Throw” that sold me on this book was the Roses & Daises Pattern. The blanket is beyond magnificent and it appears that the blanket has no repetitive patterns due to color choices by the author. What makes this most remarkable is that the entire blanket is made up of 2 patterns. With the colors constantly changing from square to square, the blanket appears to be a spring celebration of flowers blooming to life.
This book also has a pattern of Free Form Crochet. This is where random shapes are put together to form throws and blankets. Free Form Crochet is magnificent as the most amazing unique projects can be created with an artistic edge. However, the techniques shown can expand beyond what is demonstrated to inspiring you to see what other shapes can be made and put together. It’s like a Lego Blocks for crochet.
This book has 25 throws, wraps, and blankets inside. However, the ideas depicted can really expand you into making something entirely different using the techniques demonstrated inside the book. I found myself in awe over the artistic nature of this book and excited as I worked with three patterns demonstrated inside the book.
I made samples inside this book which include the Wild Flower depicted in the green afghan on the front cover. I also tested the roses and daises instructions for clarity. I loved this book and it makes a fine collection to your resource library of ideas and inspiration in your home. The book has phenomenal photography and I would leave this on my coffee table at home for a conversational piece with my friends.
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