Book Review: Rustic Modern Crochet

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Title: Rustic Modern Crochet
Author: Yumiko Alexander

Book Review by Lorene Eppolite (

Rustic Modern Crochet features 18 designs inspired by the beauty of nature.  Yumiko Alexander takes the splendor she sees in natural surroundings and landscapes and transforms that beauty into modern crochet design.  Whether it be sand or sea, every design in the book will remind you of Mother Nature and the endless beauty she encompasses.

Each one of the 18 patterns featured in Rustic Modern Crochet can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair with the finished piece.  Each design combines different stitch patterns to create interesting visual appeal.  The silhouettes of the designs are kept simple to showcase the stitches used in the overall design.

The sophisticated rustic look of these designs can be achieved by any beginner but certainly will not look like they were stitched by a novice.  Crocheters will feel proud of the garments they make using these upscale, urban designs.   I especially love the look of the Sea Flower, a wrap that is edged in visually appealing lacy flowers and Driftwood, a wrap that uses chains and fan lace to give an amazing drape to the finished piece. All the designs in this book would be a great addition to any wardrobe.

Rustic Modern Crochet is well-organized and easy to follow. No detail is left out.  With the introduction of the book, Yumiko describes how she began designing crochet and her inspiration for each design.  At the beginning of each pattern, you find the finished sizes, materials used, and gauge. There are notes that will help you create each piece, special instructions and stitches, as well as stitch diagrams to help you visualize the finished product.

The glossary at the end of the book contains symbol key, sources for yarn used in the featured designs, abbreviations and an index of the patterns.

Modern Rustic Crochet is published by Interweave Crochet, January 2014.  

Full disclosure: A free review copy of  Rustic Modern Crochet was provided by Interweave Press LLC. 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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