Title: Crochet Cool
Author: Tanya Bernard
Book Review by Marie Segares (www.undergroundcrafter.com)
Crochet Cool by Tanya Bernard (also known as Tanyastangles on Etsy) is a crochet pattern book featuring 21 clothing and accessory designs for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The patterns are arranged into four seasonal sections. Because Tanya lives in Florida, the winter designs are probably a bit light for those of us living in snowy parts of the country, but she does represent each season with fashionable yet classic projects.
The designs include items for both boys and girls, and Tanya uses a variety of fibers. Each pattern includes several largely, brightly lit photographs of the design on a child model – typically from several different angles – as well as a brief description, a difficulty rating (measured by yarn balls), and a key to the abbreviations used in the pattern. All patterns are written with US pattern abbreviations, and many include photo tutorials of unusual stitches or construction techniques. Tanya’s patterns include fun details, such as surf board appliqués, many of which can be used to adorn other projects.
The book doesn’t include any international stitch symbols. Because it is a paperback, it doesn’t lay flat so you can’t read and crochet at the same time. Like many designers who are primarily self-published, Tanya uses a pattern writing style that is different than what you might see in crochet magazines, but her patterns are clear and understandable. Crochet Cool assumes that readers already know the basics of crochet, so don’t expect to find general crochet technique information inside.
I would recommend this book to advanced beginner and intermediate crocheters who enjoy making children’s items. If you are new to children’s garments, this book is definitely a great introduction. Some of my favorite patterns are the Daisy Dress, the Laced Up Tanktini, the Garden Jacket, the Granny Square Winter Coat, and the Skater Sweater.
Project types: 4 dresses, 4 sweaters, 3 jackets/coats, 2 vests, 2 hats, 2 ponchos, 1 romper, 1 pair of shorts, 1 swimsuit, and 1 scarf
Skill levels: 5 easy, 8 intermediate, and 7 advanced
Retail price: $19.95