Author: Susan Pinner
MSRP: $19.95 USD
Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps
I've always thought the granny square was the perfect design for a new crocheter to learn. They're fast and easy, and can be joined to make almost anything. This book puts a colorful, modern spin on the granny square and takes it to a whole new level. It introduces a variety of new techniques and shapes, all used to create 20 stunning designs. The patterns and pictures explore a variety of color combinations, from bright and bold, to more muted and neutral.
A few of the projects are small, fast, and perfect for craft fairs - there's a shawl pin, headband, purse/bag, and a pretty decoratvie bowl. Other designs are wearable, including slippers, a hat, a wrap, and a couple of different tops. There are also eye-catching home accent pieces like a pillow cover, stool cover, rugs, a giant cushion, and more!
This is a great resource for beginners too. It takes you through all the details, starting with what tools and notions you need and how to choose them, followed by a discussion of different yarns and yarn weights, and tips on tension / gauge. Next is a series of illustrated tutorials on basic stitches and techniques for joining and seaming.
Since this book was published int he UK, it uses UK terminology which is different from US terminology. For example, what we call a single crochet in the US is a double crochet in the UK, and our double crochet is their treble. Here's a conversion chart that shows the differences. With the step by step, illustrated instructions provided though, it's always very clear which stitch is being referred to by a particular term or abbreviation.
There is also some valuable information about blocking, care instructions, and some tips on how to deal with common problems you may run into. This first part of the book ends with instructions on how to create the basic granny square designs in various shapes. Now that you have the basics down, the book gets into the actual project instructions with all their fun variations.
If you're a brand new crocheter, looking to take it up a notch with some fun new ideas, or even if you just love granny squares and motifs, this book is a must have! It would also make a great gift, as there's something in it for everyone.
Disclaimer: A free review copy of Granny Squares & Shapes: was provided by GMC Publications . 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 interior pages were provided by the publisher and are used with permission.