Urban Slouch Hats Book Review

Slouch hats are easy, quick, and fun to make and these urban slouch hats are no different. You can make them in fun colors or subdued earthy tones. But whether you make them for yourself, or give them as gifts, they’re super popular. Check out this new Urban Slouch pattern book by Leisure Arts.

 

Urban Slouch Hats review - by Ambassador Crochet

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Publisher: Leisure Arts

Author: Kristi Simpson

Number of Pages: 32 pages

Number of Projects: 10 patterns

Types of Projects: Slouch hats

Difficulty Ratings: All patterns are rated “easy”

Yarn Used: #4 worsted weight yarn

First Impression: Slouch hats are super popular, and these would make great Christmas gifts.

My Favorite Patterns: I had to go with “Intrigue” as my favorite. I love neutral colors.

 

Intrigue - Urban Slouch book review

Intrigue

 

Urban Slouch Hats

 

Hats are one of y favorite accessories to make. They’re quick and easy to make – ok, not always easy! But the hats in this book/leaflet are all rated easy! Urban slouch hats will fill that need for instant gratification and you’ll be able to wear something fashionable that will turn heads.

Kristi’s patterns are always super popular and fun to make. As always check your gauge so that you don’t have to rip it out if your project is coming out the wrong size.

Cobblestones hat - Urban Slouch book review bu Ambassador Crochet
Cobblestones

 

While all the pattern are rated easy, that doesn’t mean they’re boring. There are so many ways to customize your crochet. There is a help section with general information such as gauge, terms, and abbreviations.

Bonus: Every single pattern includes multiple links that will take you to online video tutorials for basic stitches, special stitches used, and techniques you may need help with. I believe this is an invaluable tool for those who are visual learners. 

 

Urban Slouch Hats


While all the hats have an urban slouch look, there are plenty of styles to choose from and you can customize with your own color(s). I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites but you can head over to the Leisure Art’s website and see the rest of the projects. Come back and tell me which one is your favorite.

 

Happy Crocheting!

  
*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Your Best Year 2017 Book Review

This week I’m stepping out from my normal crochet book review and doing a different kind of book review. Your Best Year 2017 is a workbook & creative planner, but it is also SO much more. If you struggle with being productive, staying on track, not getting discouraged, etc. this book is exactly what you need.

 

Your Best Year 2017 is a productivity workbook & creative business planner. Stay on track, boost your sales, be more productive, and so much more with this workbook. Best investment I make with my business (and personal life) every year.

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I found Marketing Creativity about 3 years ago when I was very close to giving up on my business. I was burnt out and wasn’t sure I had any more to give. The very first post I read from Lisa made me feel like she was an old friend. And the more I read her blog, the more it was obvious that she speaks to you in a down to earth tone, gives practical advice, and doesn’t make promises of getting you millions of sales or customers that just won’t happen.

With that being said, her workbook has put my business back on track. The first year I used it (Your Best Year 2015) I honestly didn’t use it to its fullest potential and I’m kicking myself now! This year (Your Best Year 2016) was my 2nd year using it and I’m already seeing a great return from the work I did put in. One of my main goals was to double my community of crochet readers and go from 10k readers (over all social media accounts) to 20k in one year. As of right now I’m on target to actually hit that goal! My tech editing income will come close to doubling what it was in 2015 also.

What seemed impossible back in January will now be a reality come December. Lisa’s workbook guides you through your biggest goals and dreams in order to make them a reality. My only regret….I should have made bigger goals, and reached for bigger stars – but they just seemed too big, audacious, and unrealistic at the time.

 

Your Best Year 2017

 

Planning for a successful year with the Your Best Year 2017 creative planner and workbook.

 

The new and updated yby2017 is full of new prompts to help you review 2016, get you thinking about your goals for 2017, and activities to make sure you accomplish those goals and stay on task. Lisa’s also added a time management worksheet (I need this one most!), a “getting your goals” section, as well as sections to work through about being vulnerable, building trust, and breaking through limitations – to name just a few. There are also action steps you can take, progress logs to show you how far you’ve come, and my favorite – the abundance tracker. I started using the abundance tracker when Lisa first mentioned it a few months ago. It’s truly amazing to see where my income comes from daily and for me I’ve learned to set smaller daily income goals as well as a yearly overall income goal.

 

Creatives aren’t all Business

 

But honestly, I think the best part of this business planner is that it isn’t all business. As a creative entrepreneur our home life and our business end up blending together. Without us even realizing it the lines can get fuzzy and the two become one entity sometimes. So, instead of fighting it, Lisa’s workbook has us consider both together. Genius! This book is 138 pages of strategies and actionable steps to help you meet every business and personal goal you have.

 

To be fully honest in my review…

 

I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I first opened the planner and realized the monthly overview calendars are gone this year. I had started using my yby2016 as my monthly blog planner in addition to everything else it had to offer. But the more I dug into this new version, the more I realized it is fully worth going back to a separate monthly calendar. This year’s version is pure business building strategies that have left me feeling like anything is possible. 

 

Do What Scares You…..

 

Never again will I sell myself short by not believing in myself. I worked through the exercise of writing down how much I wanted to make, how to get there, etc. When I saw the numbers I doubted myself. It seemed too out of reach. I saw the goals I did stick with come true, so I won’t make the same mistake twice.

This year I’m reaching for the moon! Even if I don’t hit it, I’ll land among the stars. 

I guarantee if you purchase this planner, and use it to it’s fullest potential, you will not be disappointed. It will be the best $20 you spend, as you will reap long term investments.

 

Happy Planning!

  
*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Celtic Cable Crochet Book Review

If I had to pick one look, one technique, a favorite crochet stitch, I would easily choose cable crochet. There are so many options that you can easily change the entire look of a project with just a few tweaks of the cable. Whether you’re new to cable crochet or you have experience and are looking for some fresh, new patterns you’ll want to check out this book.

 

Cable Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet

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Publisher: Interweave

Author: Bonnie Barker

Number of Pages: 127 pages

Number of Projects: 18 patterns

Types of Projects: Garments and accessories.

Difficulty Ratings: Confident Beginner, Intermediate

Yarn Used: #1, #3, #4, #5, and #6

First Impression: I love cables! They’re gorgeous, versatile, and add so much depth and personality to a project.

My Favorite Patterns: This was such a hard decision, so I narrowed it down to two…. I chose the Lavena poncho (cover photo) as my favorite cable pattern. The variety of cable stitches Bonnie used go perfect together. Then I chose the Emerald Celtic Weave Infinity Scarf as my favorite project because it’s just perfect. From the color of the yarn to the stitches used, it’s something I would wear every day.

 

Celtic Cable Crochet

 

Emerald Celtic Weave Infinity Scarf - Cable Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet
Emerald Celtic Weave Infinity Scarf

 

Review: After Bonnie came out with Contemporary Celtic Crochet I didn’t think I would ever find another crochet book I loved as much and then, along came Celtic Cable Crochet. Bonnie has brought those visual celtic cables to life through crochet, and now they’re no longer just for knitters. My favorite, overall reaction is that I love these projects because they are all practical things you would wear everyday – mixed with cables of course.

 

Aranmore Sweater Wrap - Cable Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet
Aranmore Sweater Wrap

 

Tech Review:

While almost all these patterns are rated intermediate, don’t let that scare you away. The patterns are well written and thorough. Each pattern has notes and lists which cable stitches are used so you can look in the back reference to see if it’s something you’d like to tackle. There are 8 pages of basic stitches (including post stitches) with full color photos to help you get started. There are also 22 pages of special stitches that all include step by step photos. The help section just goes above and beyond to make sure your project will be successful. There is also general information such as gauge, terms, and abbreviations.

 

Blue Moon Shawl - Cable Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet
Blue Moon Shawl

From boot cuffs and wrist warmers, to scarves and sweaters, there is something in this book for anyone and everyone. I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites. You can head over to Interweave’s website and see the rest of the projects. I would love for you to come back and tell me which project is your favorite.

 

Happy Crocheting!

  
*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Make Money Teaching Crochet Book Review

Have you ever wanted use your crochet skills to make money? Teaching crochet is just one of the many ways and Make Money Teaching Crochet is chock full of information on how to get started. (Make sure you read to the bottom for a giveaway!)

 

Make Money Teaching Crochet - Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students

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Make Money Teaching Crochet

 

Author: Marie Segares is a crochet and knitting teacher, designer, blogger, and podcaster. She hosts the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show, the podcast where you can find great ideas for launching, managing, and evolving your yarn-related business, and shares her patterns, tips, and projects on the Underground Crafter blog. Since she began teaching crochet part time in 2008, she has taught hundreds of beginners to crochet and helped even more improve their skills. Marie is a professional member of, and volunteer blogger for, the Crochet Guild of America, a designer/teacher member of The Knitting Guild Association, and an affiliate member of The National NeedleArts Association. Marie is a graduate of Barnard College and earned master’s degrees from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and New York University Stern School of Business. She lives in New York City..

 

What’s Inside….

 

The book is 91 pages and is broken down into 5 sections. This makes it easy to find the information you’re looking for, especially if you want to go back to find something at a later date.

  1. Getting Started goes over the 5 W’s (and the H) of teaching crochet so that you can discover what kind of teacher you’d like to be.
  2. The Business Side of Things gets you thinking about whether or not you should be setting your teaching venture up as a business. It covers everything from the legal side of things to pricing and payment options you should offer your students.
  3. Marketing (It’s Not a Dirty Word) – The marketing section covers everything you think about marketing (social media) and beyond.
  4. Prepping for Class covers things you need to mentally prepare for as well as things you should physically bring. (Note: Some of the items she lists are great! I would have never thought of them because they’re not crochet related.)
  5. Resources is a great section! It has everything. Resources for setting up your own links, as well as everything imaginable that you might need for your teaching business. An invaluable section!

This book is perfect for anyone who has an interest in making money teaching crochet. Marie walks you through the step-by-step of everything you could possibly think of and even covers some things you won’t think of. She’s done the homework and she’s passing on all the info she’s learned over the years directly to you. When you read through the “who, what, when, where, why” section take notes! You might just learn something about yourself and where you’d like your teaching business to go.

 

Conclusion

 

Ok, here’s my overall honest opinion. When I first opened the book and saw that it was 91 pages, I wondered how Marie came up with that many pages of content on becoming a crochet teacher. But as I read it (yes, I read the entire 91 pages) I was honestly amazed. She thought of everything! And it’s not from a repetitive standpoint like so many self-published books are nowadays, just to make the book longer. It’s genuine material cover to cover. If you’ve ever wanted or considered teaching crochet I’m going to highly recommend Make Money Teaching Crochet. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

***Marie is offering to give away a copy of her book to one of my readers. To enter leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever taught someone to crochet (or have considered teaching). Winner will be drawn on July 11th.***

For more information on how to make money in the crochet industry, read my article Choosing Your Crochet Profession.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Sweet Baby Crochet Book Review

Sweet Baby Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet
Sweet Baby Crochet

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Sweet Baby Crochet Book Review

 

Publisher: Martingale

Author: Sandy Scoville and Denise Black

Number of Pages: 96 pages

Number of Projects: 23 projects; some projects have more than one pattern associated with them (ex: hat & booties, dress and bonnet, etc.)

Types of Projects: Everything baby… (dresses, jacket, bonnet, bibs, booties, hat, sweaters & blankets/afghans)

Difficulty: Easy, Intermediate, Experienced – The majority of the patterns are listed as intermediate, but there is definitely a good mix of easy & intermediate, with two labeled experienced.

Yarn Used: #2, #3, #4 & #5

First Impression: Most of these would make great baby shower gifts.

My Favorite Project Pick: Party Ruffles Dress – Dainty, yet practical. Beautiful dress for new baby girl.

 

Sweet Baby Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet

Party Ruffles Dress

 

Review: The very first thing that stood out to me was that the patterns with sizes are color coded. I love this! I eliminates the need for trying to figure out which stitch count goes with which size. Just remember what color you’re crocheting. Perfect!

The garment projects come in 3 sizes (6, 12, & 18 months). Not all projects come in all 3 sizes. Blankets range in size, but are all infant/toddler size. The smallest is 33″ x 36″ – the largest is 44″ x 50″. are condensed well and written in the easiest form possible. If you like to know exactly which yarns are used for projects (and not just what weight yarn is used) there is a Yarn Information section in the back of the book. Leisure Arts has included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as basic stitch visuals you may need.

Bonus: There are over 2 dozen links in the ebook that will take you to online video tutorials. I believe this is an invaluable tool for those who are visual learners. 

 

Sweet Baby Crochet book review by Ambassador Crochet

Gingerbread Hat & Booties

 

If you’re looking for a variety of baby projects that stretch you a little beyond the “easy” category, this would be a good book to try. You can check out more pics, or pic up your copy here: Sweet Baby Crochet on Amazon.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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One Skein Baby Projects Book Review

One Skein Baby Projects by Sharon Silverman - book review & giveawayOne Skein Baby Projects

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Publisher: Leisure Arts

Author: Sharon Silverman

Number of Pages: 32 pages

Number of Projects: 9 individual patterns; some with variations (the blocks have different versions)

Types of Projects: Toys & accessories (bibs, booties, hat, & more)

Difficulty: Easy, Easy+, Intermediate – I’m going to assume Easy+ is an easy rating with an addition that may not be “easy” for everyone, but it’s not enough to include it in the intermediate category.

  • 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

First Impression: Quick projects that would be great for baby showers or last minute gift making.

My Favorite Project Pick: Pretzel Rattle – babies love color, so I had to go with this as a favorite.

 

One Skein Baby Projects by Sharon Silverman - book review & giveawayPretzel Rattle

 

Review: The very first thing that stood out to me was that the patterns with sizes are color coded. I love this! I eliminates the need for trying to figure out which stitch count goes with which size. Just remember what color you’re crocheting. Perfect!

The projects are condensed well and written in the easiest form possible. If you like to know exactly which yarns are used for projects (and not just what weight yarn is used) there is a Yarn Information section in the back of the book. Leisure Arts has included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as basic stitch visuals you may need.

Bonus: There are over 2 dozen links in the ebook that will take you to online video tutorials. I believe this is an invaluable tool for those who are visual learners. 

 

One Skein Baby Projects by Sharon Silverman - book review & giveawaySnow Bear Lovey

 

If you’re looking for quick (and mostly easy) patterns this would be a great addition to your crochet book library.

Leisure Arts has offered to give away a copy of the book to one of my readers. To enter please head over to Leisure Arts and then come back and leave a comment telling me which project is your favorite. Giveaway closes at midnight on 4/14/16. Winner will be announced 4/15/16.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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