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100 Snowflakes to Crochet
Caitlin Sainio

Search Press
2 August 2012/ ISBN: 9781844488056
How-To Books/Crochet
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Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

If plastic decorations are too tacky and glass ones too fragile, why not crochet some beautiful filigree snowflakes to adorn your Christmas tree and walls? Choose from a hundred different designs, all called after icy winds from around the world or other winter themes.

This might not be a hardback special but it is my favorite craft book of the year. There are normally books that teach you how to crochet and books of projects, but this one does both and does it well. The snowflakes are beautiful, make up quickly and use up oddments of yarn besides. Arranged in order of difficulty this is probably the best way to learn how to crochet and make something you want to keep that I have seen yet. To decorate your home you really do need quite a few so you can practice the stitches to your heart’s content knowing that the end result will be some new decorations nobody will think are tacky. Very few items are needed which is also a good thing for a beginner, and despite the instructions being called a refresher course,?I think it is a good way to learn. Very clear drawings lightly tinted in color take you through the basics and then it is on with the projects.

As is usual with this type of Seach Press book, there are several pages showing the flakes made up life-size so you can choose the effect you are after and turn to the right page. Projects are two to a page with both written and charted instructions plus a photo of the finished item and an explanation for the title. At the back of the book are a few simple ideas for projects such as decorated mittens (a shop bought pair), mobile, greetings cards, decorated holiday pillow and more.

Christmas need never be tacky again!

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013