all know about granny squares, but how about circular patterns?
Mandalas need no introduction due to their popularity in other
crafts, and now they are given the crochet treatment. Choose
from thirty different patterns and seven projects and start
your own mandala adventure.
This book has a beautiful cover that reminds me of the mandala
coloring books that are so popular currently. If you are at
least an improver level crocheter, you can tackle these patterns,
and the book includes a handy refresher course to remind you
of the stitches (nice clear diagrams with good use of color).
There are also helpful diagrams for things like fastening
off, joining rounds and other things related to working in
the round, as well as tips about choosing colors. There is
a short section on how to make your work flat and neat, and
a whole series of pages depicting each mandala so you can
choose which you want to make. The patterns are grouped into
basic, classic, flowers and something special, and all feature
a chart and written instructions as well as the size hook
you need (3mm features most often). The projects are well
laid out and easy to read, albeit with quite small not very
bold print. I think that the large photos make getting it
right easier, and certainly make you want to get started.
At the back you can find the projects, and see how the mandalas
can be sized up or down to make a bag, scarf, mat, hot pad,
two different blankets and a gorgeous bath mat, my own favorite.
I always admire anybody who can take an idea like granny squares
and stand it on its head, showing how versatile crochet truly
is. A unique and user-friendly book.
If you cannot find a good range of crochet materials locally
for a list of suppliers.