07Sep

Crochet Boutique

A review and a finished project

I was very lucky to receive a copy of Rachael Oglesby's new book 'Crochet Boutique: 30 simple, stylish hats, bags and accessories' to have a look at. Rachael is a very talented crochet designer and her projects are very current so I was happy to learn that she also has a blog called Softspoken that I'm excited to go and explore. 

Anyway back to the book, although I knew I'd love this book from the cover I find the best way to review a crochet book is to dig straight in and try one of the projects...

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...The project I chose to have a go at was one that K looked at and fell in love with; the 'Striped Tank'. The pattern was very simple to follow and clearly laid out, I used a slightly smaller hook than the 6.5mm that was recommended so it was really useful to have a diagram with measurements for each section that I could work from. I did my own thing with regards to colours and stripes, the grey yarn was Katia Revive, which is an eco-friendly blend of 65% recycled cotton and 35% recycled polyester, I did not like working with it at all, it split all the time and for some reason I ended up with knots all over the place! But, I loved the colour and I was really pleased with the end result...(and luckily for me so was K)

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I love it, but in truth I was happy to finish it so that I can move on to a project for me...

As the book title explains the patterns included are mainly hats and scarves so it's a great one for autumn/winter. However, there are no projects for children/babies and only one male hat, but I think that is why I kind of love it! Some of the other accessory patterns include; a laptop bag, leg warmers (one of these is going to be my next project), a capelet, a gorgeous throw, headband and some fabulous bags.

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How gorgeous is that? (This Image © 2012 Rachael Oglesby)

I love making hats and scarves and I always think it's a good sign when my teenage daughter looks at a book and puts in requests so I know I'll get some good use out of this one. The patterns included are marked by skill level; beginner, easy or intermediate, although nearly all the projects are beginner or easy and I'd agree with that, the only thing I would say is that the labels are on the photographs and not at the start of the pattern which I would have preferred, but now I'm being REALLY picky!

The other thing to remember, if you're in the UK, is that this is an American book so the stitches are written in US terms, although I was so happy to see a stitch conversion table in the back (I think these should be included in all crochet books!) along with a yarn weight and crochet hook equivalents chart. Thank you Rachael!

You can buy the book on Amazon (UK) it's currently priced at £10.16 (I love Amazon's pricing) and I'd definitely recommend it!

Bye for now. Em xx

Posted in Books, Crochet and Crafts