Book Review: Crochet Cowls

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Title: Crochet Cowls
Author: Lisa Gentry

Book Review by Reneé Rodgers (www.crochetrenee.com)

Lisa Gentry has created a collection of ten crocheted cowls that will appeal to a broad audience of stitchers. The designs are worked in a variety of yarn weights, from lightweight (#3) yarn to super bulky (#6) yarn. The brand of yarn is not listed in the actual patterns, but there is a yarn guide in the back of the book for those who wish to complete the projects as they are pictured.

While there is a “general instruction” section covering gauge and some finishing techniques, this book is strictly a pattern book. For those who know the basic stitches, the projects will be easy and very satisfying to complete. New crocheters will need to have an instructional guide in hand if they do not know the basics; but all of the patterns are rated “easy”, so these designs will give new crocheters something new to learn on other than the proverbial dishcloth or plain old single stitch scarf.

Cowls have been trendy for a few years now, and it looks like they will continue to be a popular fashion accessory. Gentry’s designs are fashionable, classic and functional. Any of the cowls in this book would be an accessory any woman would love to have in her wardrobe!

(Leisure Arts, Inc, 2012, 32 pages, $9.95, ISBN 978-1-4647-0399-7)

Full disclosure: A free review copy of Crochet Cowls was provided by Leisure Arts, Inc. 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.

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