Gifted by Cico Books
Reviewed by Jeanette Benoit, Editor, AllFreeCrochet.com
Recreate all of your favorite fairytale characters with the crochet patterns inside Fairytale Crochet by Louise Tyler. Inside, you will find more than 35 magical crochet patterns to make including Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and more.
This 125-page book is divided into three chapters: Princesses and Princes, Fairytale Townfolk, and Tales From the Forest. The best thing about the crochet patterns inside this book is that you will find patterns not only for the fairytale characters, but also everything you need to create a complete fairytale scene. There are patterns for supporting characters and accompanying props which make the fairytale characters truly come to life! For example, the pattern for Cinderella includes Cinderella herself, as well as the Pumpkin Carriage, and the White Mice Footmen; the crochet pattern for Sleeping Beauty includes not only Princess Aurora, but also the Bad Fairy, the Good Fairy, the Fairytale Castle, and the Royal Bed.
Although Cinderella is perhaps one of the most iconic fairytale characters featured in this book, Fairytale Crochet also includes some of the more lesser known classics, as well, such as Rumpelstiltskin (pg. 66), Jack and the Beanstalk (pg. 58), and Hansel and Gretel (pg. 72).
Skill levels range from easy to intermediate, and light DK yarn is used for the majority of these crochet patterns. Aside from crochet, a bit of sewing is also used to stitch on the fine details such as buttons and facial expressions. For some extra guidance in completing these crochet patterns, there's a super helpful "techniques" section at the back of the book that teaches you all of the crochet and sewing techniques you'll need, plus tips on how to incorporate even more details such as decorative stitching. Because of the small size of these cute crochet patterns, they all work up quickly and only require a small amount of yarn (including scraps, fabric, and trimmings) to complete.
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