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Book Review - Sportacular Afghans

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I've heard it so many times in the past few years - there aren't enough crochet patterns for men! While While this book isn't only for men, it will solve the problem of wanting something special to make for him - especially if you have a sports fan in your life!




Sportacular Afghans


Publisher: Leisure Arts

Author: Karen Barnes


Number of Pages: 48 pages


Number of Projects: 5 patterns


Types of Projects: Sports afghans


Difficulty Ratings: All patterns are listed as easy.


Yarn Used: #0, #3, and #4

First Impression: These projects will make great gifts for men that love sports!


My Favorite Project Pick: I always pick a favorite project when I do book reviews, but that was really hard this time. Mine & hubby's favorite sport isn't in the book, so I'm going to have to say the Poker Table is probably my favorite because of all the details included on it.




The details on the chips and cards on the poker table is amazing! But Karen put a lot of thought and attention into the detail of all of them, not just the poker table.





Review 


All the blankets are listed as easy. You will need to know basic stitches, with basic increasing and decreasing knowledge. The decrease stitching is in the stitch guide section of each pattern to make it easier. 

The booklet also includes all your general pattern info (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as exactly which yarns were used for each project. There are a few photo tutorials in the back for anything that is not a "normal" to a crochet pattern. 


So Creative! 


There are 5 patterns in the book, but there is so much attention to detail that you won't be dissapointed. Each project has an afghan base with crocheted pieces that are sewn onto the top. This is perfect for working on the afghan at home and taking the smaller pieces to the projects with you. 



Happy Crocheting!

Kristine
Ambassador Crochet

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

16 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Valetine's Day Gifts

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm excited to kick off another year of seasonal pattern roundups by Crochet Guild of America member designers! If you're not yet a member, why not join us today? In spite of our name, international members are welcome, too.


This month's roundup is all about Valentine's Day. With a few weeks to go, there is still plenty of time to crochet a handmade gift to celebrate. (Most of these patterns can be used during the rest of the year, too.) This roundup includes jewelry, gift bags and baskets, home decor, hats, a cowl, a shawland even something special for your favorite dog!

All photos are copyright the designer or publisher and are used with permission. If you are a CGOA member designer and would like to be included in our roundups, please contact me via my blog (linked at the top).

16 (Mostly) Free Crochet Patterns for Valentine's Day Gifts

by Crochet Guild of America Members


Top row, from left to right:
  • Be Mine Crochet Heart Pendants, free crochet pattern with video by Kristin Omdahl: These lightly stuffed hearts are attached to chain necklaces.
  • Valentine Kisses Treat Bags, free crochet pattern by Blackstone Designs: This cute project includes ideas for small gifts to put inside.
  • Window to My Heart Mason Jar Cover, free crochet pattern by Crochet Memories: If you love gifting jar mix gifts, this decorative mason jar cover would be the perfect addition.
  • Heart Nesting Baskets, free crochet pattern by Blackstone Designs:These gift baskets can be stiffened with craft wire.
Second row, from left to right:
  • Cross Stitch Love Beanie, free crochet pattern by The Purple Poncho: This pattern is available in 3 teen and adult sizes. You can choose the location for the heart since it is cross stitched on after the rest of the hat is finished.
  • Celtic Heart Knot, free crochet pattern by Celtic Knot Crochet: This pattern is available for free to newsletter subscribers. 
  • Cross My Heart Treat Bag, free crochet pattern by Moogly: This adorable little pouch can be used for sweet treats, gift cards, and more.
  • Heart Lapel Pin, premium crochet pattern by Knot Just Crocheted: This quick and easy project is great for wearing on Valentine's Day.
Third row, from left to right:
  • Love Is In the Air Valentine's Cowl, free crochet pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet: Puff stitches and chains combine to create heart shapes on this cozy neckwarmer.
  • Lacy Dog Collar, free crochet pattern by Celtic Knot Crochet: This decorative collar for a pooch is available in 3 sizes.
  • Rosepuff Shawlette, premium crochet pattern by Vashti Braha: This pattern includes 2 sizes (for a shawlette and a shawl) and a linked video.
  • Hearts Go Round Hat, free crochet pattern by Cre8tion Crochet: This tapestry crochet pattern is written for a toddler size but includes instructions for sizing up.
Bottom row, from left to right:
  • Valentine Goodie Bags, premium crochet pattern by Trifles N Treasures: This pattern includes 3 styles: Bursting Hearts, Plaid, and Conversation Heart.
  • Perfect Love Heart Purse, free crochet pattern by American Crochet: This bag is a great gift for a child and links to a "dolly-sized" matching bag.
  • Chameleon Hat, free crochet pattern by Pattern Paradise: This pattern is available in 6 sizes and includes the With Love version (pictured) and the Olympic Spirit version (not pictured) with star applique. 
  • Puff Stitch Slouch, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This textured beanie pattern is available in 10 sizes.
I hope you enjoyed this month's roundup. I'll be back in February for another roundup of crochet patterns by our members.

Book Review - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Title: Great Tunisian Crochet Projects
Author: Kristel Salgarollo
MSRP: $16.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches N Scraps

If you love the look of knit fabric, but don't want to knit, Tunisian crochet may be for you! Great Tunisian Crochet Projects is full of lovely things to make with just a few simple stitches.

Cover - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com



The beginning of the book takes you through some basic stitches in both crochet and Tunisian crochet. It's a clear, nicely illustrated section that also explains how to make and connect simple Tunisian blocks.

Afghans & More - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com


The very first section of patterns after the intro is mainly afghans. If this is your first time doing Tunisian, I would actually recommend starting with the smaller projects at the back of the book. The very last pattern is a super cute belt, that's a great way to get started!

Camel Belt - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com


Some of the projects combine traditional and Tunisian crochet. My favorite of these is the Little Poppies afghan, with its colorful blocks, a pretty picot edge, and flower appliques.

Little Poppies - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com

You can enter to win your own copy of Great Tunisian Crochet Projects! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada, and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on January 31st. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Great Tunisian Crochet Projects was provided by Stackpole Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

9 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Winter White

Monday, December 11, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m sharing the last seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members for 2017. I hope you've enjoyed this series.

This month’s roundup features 9 (mostly free) crochet patterns in winter white. These patterns include 8 accessories for adults and children (which also make great last-minute gifts if you're still in the middle of holiday crafting) and a lovely throw. You can use white yarn or your favorite color for these designs. Photos are used with permission of the designers. Enjoy!



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Book Review - My Crocheted Closet

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Title: My Crocheted Closet
Author: Salena Baca
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

Does your wardrobe need an update? Fill your closet with the stunning crochet pieces from "My Crocheted Closet!"



There are 22 modern, stylish patterns in this collection, and you're going to want to make them all (I know I do!) The patterns come from 13 different designers, so there's some variety in styles. There are light and lacy, warm weather designs, and chunky cold weather wear too. There's a list of the designers in the back, and the the main project photos show the designers name. Each designer also has a lovely bio near one of their patterns, which I thought was fun!



Those of you know me know that I'm not exactly small, so I really appreciate that many of the garments come in larger sizes, some of them up to 2x.  The Daring Duster is one of those, and I love everything about it...the length, the color, the rollable sleeves....plus it has pockets!



I also really like the Signature Skirt. It comes in larger sizes and has a flattering fit, though I'm not nearly so daring and would have to make it much longer! Luckily, that looks like it would be easy to do with this pattern.



Besides garments, the book also has all those fun accessories that finish off the perfect outfit. There are bags and hats, a headband, boot cuffs, mitts, and even a statement necklace! 



You can enter to win your own copy of My Crocheted Closet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada, and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on November 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of  My Crocheted Closet was provided by Stackpole Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

9 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Unisex Hats

Monday, November 6, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it's time for my monthly seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month’s roundup features 9 (mostly free) crochet patterns for unisex hats. These projects make great accessories as the weather cools down. These are also great for last-minute gifts for the children, men, and women on your handmade holiday list. Photos are used with permission of the designers. Enjoy!

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Book Review - Box Stitch Crochet

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Title: Box Stitch Crochet
Author: Corinne Freeman
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

By now you've probably seen lots of blankets made in the corner-to-corner, diagonal box stitch. But this versatile stitch is not just for blankets! In Box Stitch Crochet, you will learn how to use the diagonal box stitch to make a variety of wearables and accessories.

The book starts out with the basic diagonal box stitch techniques, increasing and decreasing to make squares and rectangles. Then there's a unique and clever bevelled edge technique I've never seen before! From there, the book explains how to apply those techniques to make all sorts of other shapes.



There are 20 beautiful patterns using these techniques. You can make wraps, scarves, fingerless mitts, a hat, and even a dress! My absolute favorite is the Under the Sea Motif Shawl. Box stitch motifs are combined to create this uniquely shaped shawl, with lacy sections that help it to drape beautifully.



Another one I really like is the Raspberry hat. It has an interesting construction, and uses that bevelled edge technique to make an almost scalloped-like edge. There are matching fingerless gloves as well!



You can enter to win your own copy of Box Stitch Crochet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada, and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on October 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Box Stitch Crochet was provided by Stackpole Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

9 (Mostly Free) Autumn Crochet Patterns

Monday, October 2, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it's time for my monthly seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month’s roundup features 9 (mostly free) crochet patterns just perfect for the transition to autumn, including accessories for children and adults and home decor. Photos are used with permission. Enjoy!


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Book Review - Emoji Crochet

Monday, September 18, 2017

Title: Emoji Crochet
Author: Charles Voth
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

I'm a complete emoji addict, so when I saw Charles Voth had made a book of Emoji Crochet, I had to have it!


The book has lots of emoji projects for all over the house, like pillows and blankets. Charles has a great sense of humor and it really comes out in some of these designs - like the ottoman that's had just about enough of stinky feet.



Emojis aren't just for around the house though, you can try one of the wearable designs too! There are hats, slippers, a jacket, and even earrings. Yes, earrings.


The Brainiac Bag, with little buck teeth, is one of my favorites. I really like this cute Num Num Bib pattern too. It's just the thing to train up a whole new generation of emoji lovers.   



One thing that struck me is that these are not just variations of facial expressions on the same basic pattern. Instead, several different techniques are used to create the faces. The book starts with stitch definitions and instructions, including clear diagrams, which make these techniques and patterns accessible even for new crocheters. 


Each pattern is full of clear, close-up images so you can see exactly what things are supposed to look like at each step. There's even a Facial Features Directory to help you to achieve that perfect expression. Since we all know emojis sometimes say it best - here's how I feel about this book: 



Enter to win your own copy of Emoji Crochet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Spring House Press. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid US shipping address and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on September 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Emoji Crochet was provided by Spring House Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.
 
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