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Pixel Crochet
Hannah Meur

Search Press
21 October 2015 / ISBN 9781782214014
How-To Books/Crochet

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you were around in the 80s you will remember the 8-bit graphics that seemed the last word in technology - how things have changed! Now they are now enjoying a revival as graphics for their retro charm. Pixels become granny squares in this fun crochet book that is filled with colorful lively designs that would look particularly good in a child's or teenager's room or anywhere else you want to add some bright retro style.

Although there are some large projects to tackle in here (as well as plenty of smaller ones) this is nevertheless a book aimed at the beginner. Full instructions for learning how to crochet from scratch are given as well as basic information about what to buy and how to make up the projects. Instructions for one simple (chain and double crochet) granny square are given, and the rest of the book consists of lots of lively and easy to read charts. Ideas for finished projects are given and these include blankets, cushions, wall hangings, a table runner, mats and my own favorite: a wonderful play tent. The charts are grouped in themes including those aimed at appealing to young children, pets, animals, retro, around the world, tech and transport. Choose from space invader images, the happy cloud on the cover, heart, smiley, dog bone, hot air balloon, monkey face, rocket, mustache and the inevitable words "game over" that will have anybody who was around in the 80s smiling. Instructions (in words only) are given for a few projects but once you can make the square and join them together you can design your own. Lots of fun whatever your age or level, I can imagine this book being a hit with a wide number of people including male crochet fans.

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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 2016