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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Crochet a Farm Book Review

Crochet a Farm book reviewAll images from Crochet a Farm by Megan Kreiner, Martingale, 2015; used by permission.
Photography by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

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Publisher: Martingale

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)

Difficulty:

easyintermediate

  • 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).

Crochet a Farm book reviewHorse & Foal

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.

Crochet a Farm book reviewCows

Crochet a Farm book reviewFruits & Veggies

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.

Happy Crocheting!

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