Crochet a Farm Book Review
All images from Crochet a Farm by Megan Kreiner, Martingale, 2015; used by permission.
Photography by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.
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Author: Megan Kreiner of MK Crochet
Number of Pages: 80 pages
Number of Projects: 19 patterns total
Types of Projects: Farm animals (many have both adult and baby sizes included – ex: both ducks & ducklings patterns available) and farm items (hay, milking bucket, veggies, etc)
- Easy – Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping.
- Intermediate – Projects with a variety of stitches, such as basic cables and lace, simple intarsia, double-pointed needles and knitting in the round needle techniques, mid-level shaping and finishing.
Yarn Used: #3, #4, & #6
Sizes: 1.5″ – 6″ tall; no sizes given for the veggies
First Impression: Lots of detail, even on the small items.
My Favorite Project Pick: Horse (6″ tall) and rooster (3″ tall).
Review: Kids love farm animals and Megan delivers on a cuteness factor with these. Megan made these look very realistic instead of amigurumi or cartoon-ish. They are the perfect size for little hands. (Eyes with safety backs are recommended in the book.)
Tech Review: ***Because the focus of my blog is now more behind-the-scenes, pattern based I have decided to have my reviews come from that perspective. I love tech editing and want to start adding that perspective as well.***
While the patterns are well written, the format is slightly different to what I am used to. For instance, the pattern may say: “sc 3, sc 2 in next st”. While this is not wrong, I would be more inclined to have it read, “sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st”. For me, the “sc 3” would not necessarily be clear to someone just starting out. Please note: This is not wrong, nor is it bad. It’s just my preference and perspective. I have heard through the industry people who don’t like patterns written this way, so I’m just pointing it out.
The only thing I wished would have been different (but it’s definitely not detrimental to the patterns) is that the skill levels and finished sizes aren’t always in the same place. On single patterns (donkey) it’s in the banner at the top of the page. One the patterns where there are multiples (rooster, hen, chicks) the skill levels and sizes are in the materials list for each project. Again, not a show stopper, just something I was aware of.
The benefits are that there are tons of graphics and photos for placement of pieces (eyes, ears, tails, etc), which I think is super helpful. Martingale has included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as templates for the felt pieces.
Overall a great pattern book if you love animals. I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites. You can go to Crochet a Farm: 19 Cute-as-Can-Be Barnyard Creations for more project photos. I would love for you to come back and tell me which project is your favorite.
*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.