I was provided with a copy of Crochet Mandalas: 20 to Make for an honest review. All opinions are those of Jessie Rayot of Jessie At Home.
Crocheted Mandalas: 20 to Make by Lynne Rowe is full of, well, 20 awesome Mandalas to crochet! It is scheduled to release on January 10th, but you can read all about it here, and enter to win a copy of your own! You can also pre-order it HERE.
The book begins with an introduction and a little bit of Crochet Know-How. Then Lynne dives right into the patterns. Each pattern is written in both US and UK terms, in an easy to follow manner. The pattern range from simple to more ornate, and there is a nice variety. There is also a variety of different yarns and weights used which really shows of the versatility of mandalas. Honestly you can make any of them in just about any yarn and weight you want, you will just get a different look and size.
This fabulous book sings out with colour and design! Featuring 20 unique crochet mandala designs in wonderful colours, these little crochet projects are perfectly transportable and great for using up scraps of yarn. They are also perfect for those fairly new to crochet, as the patterns are very easy and competent beginners will get lots of practice with many different crochet stitches.
I really enjoy crocheting mandalas, there is something soothing and therapeutic about them. Plus they have so many uses: coasters, potholders, trivets, embellishments, or even just hang them on the wall!
I decided the best way for me to tell you how the patterns are written was to give a couple of them a go, so that's just what I did.
I started with a smaller but slightly ornate mandala, the Christmas Star. I did not use the recommended yarn for this one, I used some Red Heart With Love I had in my scrap bin. I love that mandalas can use up your scraps! I found the pattern to be very easy to follow, even with some more advanced stitches.
Next I moved onto the Granny Square pattern. I used the recommended King Cole Riot DK, just in another colorway. Again the pattern was easy to follow. There were lots of repeats, but the pattern was written in such a way that it was not at all confusing. Lynne has done an excellent job of writing clearly for any level crocheter!
You can see more photos of the mandalas you can create with this book HERE. Overall, I was impressed by Crocheted Mandalas. The patterns and color choices were lovely, and the instructions were easy to follow. At just $9.95, this book is an excellent addition to your crochet library!
You can pre-order your copy HERE, and you can also enter to win a copy below.
To enter to win a copy of Crocheted Mandalas: 20 to Crochet, you must be at least 18 years old with a valid shipping address. The contest will run from start of day 11/21/16 to end of day 11/27/16 Eastern Time. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email for a valid shipping address. Winner will have 1 week to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
Thank you, and good luck!