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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Crochet Geometry Book Review & Giveaway

 

Crochet Geometry by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby book reviewAll images used with permission.
Photography by  Shibaguyz Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Crochet Geometry Book Review

 

Publisher: Lark Crafts

Author: Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz

Number of Pages: 114 pages

Number of Projects: 15 designs

Types of Projects: Sweaters, pullovers, shrugs, and wraps.

Difficulty: Easy, Intermediate, Experienced

NOTE: Usually pattern books lean toward one rating and then have a couple of the other ratings thrown in there to attract other levels of crocheters. This book has an excellent mix of all 3 of these levels!

  • 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.
  • Experienced – Projects with intricate stitch patterns, techniques and dimension, such as non-repeating patterns, multi-color techniques, fine threads, small hooks, detailed shaping and refined finishing.

The book did not include the ratings descriptions. I used info from the Craft Yarn Council website.

Yarn Used: #1, #2, #3, & #4

Sizes: Small to 5X

First Impression: YES! Thank you, Shibaguyz for using real-world size models. Kudos!

My Favorite Project Pick: I had a couple favorites, but I love cables so I have to pick “5 Easy Pieces” as my top choice.

 

Crochet Geometry by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby book review
5 Easy Pieces 

 

Review: I love the concept! You begin with basic shapes – rectangles, circles, triangles – then you sew them together. By doing it this way you have minimal shaping, which is great for someone who is new to making garments. With just the right amount of drape and style you can create stunning projects. From lace to texture there is something for everyone.

Whether you need help deciding which project is right for you, or tips for picking out the right yarn for that project, Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby has you covered. The patterns are written in industry standards so there’s no guessing what the designer means. There is an abbreviations list, a conversion chart, and symbol charts and schematics (measurement diagrams) for everything! The book also includes a special techniques section, blocking help, photos and so much more.

 

Half Circle Cardigan - Crochet Geometry
Half Circle Cardigan

 


Sleeve Shrug - Crochet Geometry
Sleeve Shrug

 

 

Two Circles Wrap - Crochet Geometry

 

Two Circle Wrap

 

If you’re looking to try garments and need help stepping out into new crochet territory, I suggest giving this book a try. I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites.

To see more project photos check it out on Amazon here: Crochet Geometry: Geometric Patterns to Fit and Flatter

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.  This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love!
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Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet Book Review

Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet Book Review

Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet Book Review

 

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Publisher: Stackpole Books

Author: Brenda Bourg

Number of Pages: 102 pages

Number of Projects: 16 patterns

Types of Projects: Cowls, sweaters, headbands, cuffs, afghans and more.

Difficulty: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced with a very good mix of each level.

Yarn Used: #3 & #4

First Impression: This is a great alternative to those who love look of knitting, but don’t know how to knit.

My Favorite Project Pick: Elisha Afghan

Elisha Afghan - Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet book reviewElisha Afghan

Review: There is something about the look of knitting that I love. Don’t you agree? But, if you’re like me and you don’t know how to knit, this is a great alternative!

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.***  

The book contains actual photographs of the stitch steps, which I love. This is so much help to anyone knew to this technique. There are also sections on substituting yarn, reading charts, carrying colors, tension, and so much more. In addition to the actual photos they also included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well blocking tips and more.

If you’re unsure of these patterns because of all the color changes, let me assure you that you’ll be in good hands. Brenda has a color graph for each and every pattern in the book. Whether you’re a visual/chart crocheter, or new to Tunisian, you will definitely benefit from the added bonus.

My favorite part of the “extras” in this book is actually the color wheel. There is an actual color wheel as well as tips on how to pick colors for working fair isle patterns.  I’ve never seen this done and I thought it was an excellent addition to the overall concept of the book.

Annabel Bag - Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet book reviewAnnabel Bag

Emily Headband - Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet book reviewEmily Headband

Brenda put a lot of time into the fair isle designs of these projects. If you love Tunisian, or are just a fan of knitting and want to give Tunisian a try, there are an array of projects for you to choose from. I showed you just a few of my favorites. You can find more info about Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet here.

**Toni was the winner of the giveaway.**

Happy Crocheting!

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