It’s interesting to see how, as the autumn draws in, I see crochet appearing on lots of general craft blogs that I follow, and there’s no exception here at Very Berry – it’s clearly time for a bit of cosiness! Cosiness like this perhaps – doesn’t this lovely pic sum up the winter woollies we are starting to think about just now?
This is one of my favourite patterns in a pretty new crochet book I’ve been sent to review – Simple Crochet by Sara Sinaguglia (published by Octopus Books). I love this gorgeously fluffy scarf and beret combo – isn’t it pretty? – and so easy to make too. I’ve had a go at the scarf pattern already, just to test it out. Here’s my version, using a different yarn for a completely different look (sorry that my dark shirt doesn’t really show this up very well):
The pattern is very clear and easy to follow – I have the proof!
This book really lives up to its name – the projects are definitely on the simple side (and mostly quite small too, so not daunting) and it would be ideal for a beginner, or beginners who are keen to expand on their skills. There are good clear teaching photographs that walk you through the basic stitches step by step – and you could definitely teach yourself to crochet from this introduction. And of course there’s the incentive of all the lovely projects!
What I particularly like about it, is that it gives a fab introduction to the versatility of crochet – there are lace trims for bags, pillow cases, even shelf edgings, and there’s also lots of motifs too, used as decoration for table runners, bags, pouches etc. There are pretty accessories and useful things for the home too. It really takes you beyond the granny blanket and the beanie hat (although there *is* a very lovely granny blanket!).
As you can see, the photography is stunning, and extremely inspirational, and I absolutely adore Sara’s choice of yarns – she has introduced me to lots of new, covetable thread and wool choices (this could be a bad thing!). There’s an emphasis on natural fibres and natural colours throughout, which exactly meets my tastes, but might not be for you if you prefer something more funky and bright.
The only down side is that quite a lot of the projects do involve a bit of sewing too, so if you are not into sewing, this might be a bit off-putting, although you could buy plain pillowcases etc., to embellish (which of course would still be a lovely project!). A minor quibble, but I think worth mentioning if you are allergic to sewing machines…! Personally I love the combination – two of my favourite things!
I have a copy of Simple Crochet to give away. If you would like to win the book, just leave a comment before midnight on Friday 12 October, telling me what you do to increase the cosy quotient in your life at this time of year. The giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere…