Looks good doesn’t it? I think it’s immediately obvious from the cover that this crochet pattern book is a bit out of the ordinary. Molla Mills (who is Finnish) has created a refreshing non-cutesy crochet book, with a strong urban yet folky. In the intro (which is a brilliant read!) she tells us that she wanted the patterns to appeal to men as well as women, and I think she’s done a great job.
There’s a bit of a narrative here – you feel like you get to know about the creative culture that Molla Mills inhabits, which I really like. It’s a book with strong personality, so it feels very coherent, rather than a whole heap of crochet patterns thrown together.
So you can get an idea of the contents – the book is divided up into 4 sections of patterns – Home, Clothes, Travels and Equipment. There are patterns for rugs, lots of bags, scarfs, hats, mittens, slippers. The projects are strong on texture and bold patterns, with a lot of colourwork (this is probably not a book for you if you don’t like colourwork). I like the way that traditional folk-style designs are used in a really modern way.
At the end of the book there are fantastic pics plus instructions illustrating the basic stitches crochet stitches used in the book (all the stitches used are very simple) and also how to do colour changes.
And as you can see, the projects are copiously illustrated, with proper finishing instructions for tricky techniques such as sewing in a zip or adding leather fasteners etc., nice and neatly. There are also very simple charts, where required.
One of the things I really like about the projects in this book are the finishing touches – the use of leather is a real theme, and it looks fantastic with the crochet, taking it to a different level.
My kids don’t often show an interest in my crochet books – but I had to wrestle this one away from them because of this awesome pic of two gorgeous huskies in crochet bow ties:
I am sure they would love me to crochet up our wee pooch a bow tie… and I am very tempted myself, but he would NEVER put up with it.
My favourite pattern in the book is this adorable little bike bag. I’d love to make a shoulder bag version with leather straps.
It is super simple, but I just love the style of the close crochet stitching with those distressed leather straps.
One unusual feature (for UK readers) is that the amounts of yarn required for each pattern are given by weight – but this is something that a bit of Googling will help you with. The yarn suggestions are also very specific, and some might be a bit tricky to get hold of in the UK, but I am sure that an experienced crocheter would find it easy enough to find equivalents. If you want to try and get hold of the exact yarn, there is a full list of all the yarns and the name of the manufacturers and retailers at the end of the book, so that would give you some clues.
On the other hand, it is brilliant to learn about some fab yarns which might well be worth seeking out, even if we have to send away to get them… I love this very practical looking Mexican nylon yarn – Hilos by La Espiga which is used for a bike bag, and it’s great to know about Liina fish net twine – which looks like a really versatile yarn.
If you want more Molla Mills – trundle along to her website, which is full of crochet style and inspiration, and has more information on where to find those elusive Finnish yarns too. And you can find her on Instagram too, where you can join me in oohing and aahing over some quite fabulous crochet makes.