Over 25 Creative Ways to
Crochet the Classic Pattern. Stephanie Ghr, Melanie Sturm, Barbara
Barbara Wilder, Melanie Sturm and Stephanie
30 May 2012/ ISBN: 9781844488407
by Rachel A Hyde
The time when making these versatile and beautiful
little squares were associated with grannies is long past; now everybody
seems to be taking up yarncrafts. If you are a beginner, somebody
with lots of oddments or you want a quick project that grows fast
here are not only the squares, but also what to do with them.
I do like books like this; thin and inexpensive but filled with
possibilities. Originally published in Germany this combines traditional
written instructions with charts for maximum accessibility. There
are twenty-three different squares to make in the first part of
the book, some one color and others using several different yarns.
They have names like starfish, carnation and snowflake and appearances
to match. The rest of the book is filled with twenty-five different
projects both large and small, beginner or more challenging. There
are baby blankets and household items like a mug cozy, napkin ring,
placemat and table runner, trims for towels, a throw, wearables
such as a beanie hat, stole, slippers and bags. Each project has
a whole page colored photograph of the finished item plus a page
of instructions and sometimes small details are shown as extra photographs.
Projects are grouped according to use, and graded according to difficulty.
Total beginners, who have not crocheted or made up a pattern before,
are advised to go elsewhere for their initial crochet training.
Project instructions are the type that require some previous experience,
although there is a brief refresher course on the stitches at the
back, it is not sufficient to teach beginners. Chain and double
crochet are not covered although treble and others are, which is
odd, but Search Press also publish some excellent books for beginners.
Try this one when you know the basics and you won’t be disappointed,
particularly for presents and crafts to sell.