Monday, March 25, 2013

Crochet book review

A few weeks ago I was browsing the book and magazine section at Joann's. I was excited when I spotted Cute & Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench. I've had it on my Amazon wish list for a while and since I had a 40% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket I snatched it up. 
When I got home I eagerly thumbed through all the projects and suddenly my project list was getting bigger and bigger. I haven't read all of the patterns but the ones that I did sounded and looked easy to do. If you have a basic knowledge of crochet these patterns will be easy to follow. I decided to start with the stripy wave pillow. I sit at the counter when I am doing my homework and the chair starts to hurt my rump after a while so I decided to make this to sit on. 
I started it on Saturday and here is my progress so far. It is a really simple pattern and works up really quick. After a couple rows I didn't even need to look at the pattern anymore. 
I didn't use the exact yarn it calls for in the book because, well, I'm on the poor side of life these days so I needed to use a cheaper yarn and some that was more readily available. I'm using worsted weight Lion brand yarn. I'm happy with it, it's feels pretty nice to the touch. I omitted the yellow strip that the pattern called for because Joann's didn't have a yellow that would have looked nice. I just kinda grabbed some yarn off the shelf but the more I work with it the more I love the colors. 

Like most craft books there are a few patterns that I wouldn't make. This book only has one, maybe two that I wouldn't make for myself. Possibly as gifts though. It has some basic how-to's in the beginning but I usually skip over those because I'm a lefty so they don't often make too much sense to me anyway. It is divided into 3 chapters that are organized by skill level. The photos of the projects are great. There are at least 2 pictures of each project, if not more. I'm really glad that I bought this one. If you are looking for a book that has easy, quick, and cute patterns then I defiantly recommend this one. 

Here is some of my favorite patterns that I'm itching to make:
I really like this tote bag! I am a sucker for a tote bag and I really don't need another one but you can never have to many, right??
How cute is this little clutch?! I love all the possibilities for lining that I cold use. I liked that this book has directions for adding lining to the bags if one were to choose to line it.
I think that this is a really pretty scarf, and I love the soft gray color that they picked. I think this will have to be made for next winter. 

All in all I am really happy that I bought this book. It is going to make a good addition to my hoard, um...I mean collection, of craft books. This is one that is going to get some good use. 

Do you have any favorite craft books?

*This is not a sponsored post. I bought the book myself and these are my opinions of the book. 


  1. Replies
    1. They could be cute on jars that hold sewing notions, like pins and buttons.

  2. Hi,greetings from México, i´m going to try to do the brooch. Thanks.


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