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500 Crochet Blocks
Hannah Elgie and Kath Webber

Search Press
15 February 2013 / ISBN-13: 9781844489329
How-To Books/Crochet
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Meet the second entry in the new 500 series a book of crochet blocks. There is just about every block you can think of in here, plus lots of other crochet know-how. Like 500 Toys by Nguyen Le (also reviewed on this site) this is a small format but tubby book filled with 500 projects. Its proud cover boast is that this is the only compendium of crochet blocks you'll ever need, but is this true? Let's have a look…

The book starts by giving the reader the basics--what you need to buy in order to take up the hobby, basic stitches with clear diagrams, and pattern reading help. Slip knots, chain, double and treble crochet are all shown clearly but I wouldn't recommend this book to the total beginner as the other stitches are just briefly described in words alone. To be fair, it does not say beginner anywhere on the cover, so I would suggest that improvers and up would be the target audience. The bulk of this book is devoted to the blocks themselves which are divided into rough sections. There are Back and Forth, Round and Round, Color Work and Shaped Motifs, which are basically all about either appearance or method of working. Each section also has a useful part at the end giving variations on the items (albeit in very tiny print) and projects are all laid out in the same manner with a full page photograph of the finished item one side and instructions plus a chart on the other, plus a basic variation to try out. There are also projects such as crocheted bunting, a floral corsage, snowflake Christmas tree decoration etc. Although I have seen many books with a wider variety of different blocks I have never seen quite so many in one place. Great value for any crochet fan (particularly those whose skills are not yet advanced), but for anybody looking for something different I would look elsewhere.

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