Book Review - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Title: Great Tunisian Crochet Projects
Author: Kristel Salgarollo
MSRP: $16.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches N Scraps

If you love the look of knit fabric, but don't want to knit, Tunisian crochet may be for you! Great Tunisian Crochet Projects is full of lovely things to make with just a few simple stitches.

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The beginning of the book takes you through some basic stitches in both crochet and Tunisian crochet. It's a clear, nicely illustrated section that also explains how to make and connect simple Tunisian blocks.

Afghans & More - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com


The very first section of patterns after the intro is mainly afghans. If this is your first time doing Tunisian, I would actually recommend starting with the smaller projects at the back of the book. The very last pattern is a super cute belt, that's a great way to get started!

Camel Belt - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com


Some of the projects combine traditional and Tunisian crochet. My favorite of these is the Little Poppies afghan, with its colorful blocks, a pretty picot edge, and flower appliques.

Little Poppies - Great Tunisian Crochet Projects - Book Review on CGOANow.com

You can enter to win your own copy of Great Tunisian Crochet Projects! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada, and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on January 31st. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Great Tunisian Crochet Projects was provided by Stackpole Books. 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 copyrighted material are used with permission.

9 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Winter White

Monday, December 11, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m sharing the last seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members for 2017. I hope you've enjoyed this series.

This month’s roundup features 9 (mostly free) crochet patterns in winter white. These patterns include 8 accessories for adults and children (which also make great last-minute gifts if you're still in the middle of holiday crafting) and a lovely throw. You can use white yarn or your favorite color for these designs. Photos are used with permission of the designers. Enjoy!



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Book Review - My Crocheted Closet

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Title: My Crocheted Closet
Author: Salena Baca
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

Does your wardrobe need an update? Fill your closet with the stunning crochet pieces from "My Crocheted Closet!"



There are 22 modern, stylish patterns in this collection, and you're going to want to make them all (I know I do!) The patterns come from 13 different designers, so there's some variety in styles. There are light and lacy, warm weather designs, and chunky cold weather wear too. There's a list of the designers in the back, and the the main project photos show the designers name. Each designer also has a lovely bio near one of their patterns, which I thought was fun!



Those of you know me know that I'm not exactly small, so I really appreciate that many of the garments come in larger sizes, some of them up to 2x.  The Daring Duster is one of those, and I love everything about it...the length, the color, the rollable sleeves....plus it has pockets!



I also really like the Signature Skirt. It comes in larger sizes and has a flattering fit, though I'm not nearly so daring and would have to make it much longer! Luckily, that looks like it would be easy to do with this pattern.



Besides garments, the book also has all those fun accessories that finish off the perfect outfit. There are bags and hats, a headband, boot cuffs, mitts, and even a statement necklace! 



You can enter to win your own copy of My Crocheted Closet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada, and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on November 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of  My Crocheted Closet was provided by Stackpole Books. 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 copyrighted material are used with permission.

9 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Unisex Hats

Monday, November 6, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it's time for my monthly seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month’s roundup features 9 (mostly free) crochet patterns for unisex hats. These projects make great accessories as the weather cools down. These are also great for last-minute gifts for the children, men, and women on your handmade holiday list. Photos are used with permission of the designers. Enjoy!

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Book Review - Box Stitch Crochet

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Title: Box Stitch Crochet
Author: Corinne Freeman
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

By now you've probably seen lots of blankets made in the corner-to-corner, diagonal box stitch. But this versatile stitch is not just for blankets! In Box Stitch Crochet, you will learn how to use the diagonal box stitch to make a variety of wearables and accessories.

The book starts out with the basic diagonal box stitch techniques, increasing and decreasing to make squares and rectangles. Then there's a unique and clever bevelled edge technique I've never seen before! From there, the book explains how to apply those techniques to make all sorts of other shapes.



There are 20 beautiful patterns using these techniques. You can make wraps, scarves, fingerless mitts, a hat, and even a dress! My absolute favorite is the Under the Sea Motif Shawl. Box stitch motifs are combined to create this uniquely shaped shawl, with lacy sections that help it to drape beautifully.



Another one I really like is the Raspberry hat. It has an interesting construction, and uses that bevelled edge technique to make an almost scalloped-like edge. There are matching fingerless gloves as well!



You can enter to win your own copy of Box Stitch Crochet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Stackpole Books. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada, and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on October 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Box Stitch Crochet was provided by Stackpole Books. 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 copyrighted material are used with permission.

9 (Mostly Free) Autumn Crochet Patterns

Monday, October 2, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it's time for my monthly seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month’s roundup features 9 (mostly free) crochet patterns just perfect for the transition to autumn, including accessories for children and adults and home decor. Photos are used with permission. Enjoy!


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Book Review - Emoji Crochet

Monday, September 18, 2017

Title: Emoji Crochet
Author: Charles Voth
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

I'm a complete emoji addict, so when I saw Charles Voth had made a book of Emoji Crochet, I had to have it!


The book has lots of emoji projects for all over the house, like pillows and blankets. Charles has a great sense of humor and it really comes out in some of these designs - like the ottoman that's had just about enough of stinky feet.



Emojis aren't just for around the house though, you can try one of the wearable designs too! There are hats, slippers, a jacket, and even earrings. Yes, earrings.


The Brainiac Bag, with little buck teeth, is one of my favorites. I really like this cute Num Num Bib pattern too. It's just the thing to train up a whole new generation of emoji lovers.   



One thing that struck me is that these are not just variations of facial expressions on the same basic pattern. Instead, several different techniques are used to create the faces. The book starts with stitch definitions and instructions, including clear diagrams, which make these techniques and patterns accessible even for new crocheters. 


Each pattern is full of clear, close-up images so you can see exactly what things are supposed to look like at each step. There's even a Facial Features Directory to help you to achieve that perfect expression. Since we all know emojis sometimes say it best - here's how I feel about this book: 



Enter to win your own copy of Emoji Crochet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Spring House Press. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid US shipping address and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on September 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Emoji Crochet was provided by Spring House Press. 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 copyrighted material are used with permission.

12 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Halloween

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it's time for another seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by my fellow Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month’s roundup features 12 (mostly free) crochet patterns perfect for Halloween, including costumes for children and adults, home decor, and storage for all of those treats. Photos are used with permission of the designers. Enjoy!



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