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Crochet Scandinavian Style
Eva Wincent and Paula Hammerskog

Search Press
5 July 2014/ ISBN 9781782211525
How-To Books / Crochet

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


At first glance this looks like a book of Scandinavian projects, but it is more than that as it actually teaches you how to crochet as well. In fact, most of the book is dedicated to crochet know-how, including information about edgings, looking after finished pieces, learning a variety of stitches and finishing off. I confess to being rather impressed!

This feeling starts with the first pages, where the building blocks of crochet are explained via photographs with captions. Some photographs can be harder to follow than drawings as there is sometimes too much going on in the background, but the backgrounds to these are black and everything has been cropped to show just fingers and the work itself. There are sections on all the other basic things such as working in a round, properties of yarn, sample gauges, US/UK terms and hook sizes etc and this progresses through more complex stitches, troubleshooting and even a few pointers on designing your own work. This is not to say that purchasing a good book that is just dedicated to crochet for the novice might not also be a useful idea for a total beginner, but it is certainly handy for both brushing up and learning the basics. The patterns themselves are for a mixture of levels, and feature clothes for men, women, children and babies as well as blankets, granny squares, soft teddy, teacosy, pillows, a rug and more. All are in a Scandinavian style but not obviously so; if you are imagining sweaters with rows of reindeer then you are way off. Projects are plain, or feature stripes, blocks or simple geometric patterns that are as much a part of traditional British crochet as anywhere else. Rather this is a book that just happens to have been written by two Swedish women. Recommended for beginners and improvers.

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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 2014