Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Review: Crochet from the Heart

Looking for some easy crochet projects to make for charity or gifts? Crochet from the Heart: Quick Project for Generous Giving by Kristin Spurkland may have just what you're looking for. The book contains 18 projects, including afghans, hats in sizes for infants through adults, scarves, booties, footies, finger puppets and more.

For those relatively new to crochet or who just need a reminder, there are 15 pages of basic how to crochet and finishing information. Many of the patterns list a specfic brand of yarn, but they all give the yarn weight in the new numbered system. E.g., "3" is light, DK or light worsted weight. This is very helpful in identifying appropriate yarn for a project.

All of the patterns give finished sizes for the project. I especially like this for the hats and other clothing items. I did notice that the hat dimensions vary depending on the stitch pattern. Stretchier hats finish smaller than less stretchy ones. I'm going to make some notes to help me the next time I start designing.

The instructions are clearly written. On the multi-sized clothing patterns it would be good to mark the specific instructions for the size you are making before you start crocheting to make the pattern easier to follow. This is a good book for new crocheters and those looking for an easy project.

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