A new book from a designer I admire, is always worth the wait. Therefore you can imagine my excitement
when I received a review copy from the publishers at Searchpress of Rainbow Crochet Blankets by Amanda Perkins.
Rainbow crochet Blankets
There are many, many books for beginner crocheters. But I am more than pleased to say this is not one of them! So refreshing to read a book with projects for the established crocheter, eager to be challenged.
There are 10 of Amanda’s glorious blanket projects in this book. Each is made up of simple shaped motif and includes both stitch charts and written patterns, along with many variations of colour charts. In this way you are given a total of 30 project options to choose from.
It is the colour charts that make this book stand out from similar books. Amanda has carefully planned and designed colour variations on her original blankets. I love this aspect of the book, because I enjoy stamping my own style on a pattern and will rarely reproduce someone else’s work to the exact colour specifications.
On a rainy day it was a joy to flick through, with a cup of coffee and notebook by my side. Future projects are in the planning…
The beauty of these blankets is in the yarn choices. Independent yarn dyers and spinners are recommended along with handy details of where they can be purchased. The larger commercial yarn companies are also listed as an alternative.
I do realise that making a blanket using yarn from independent companies would work out very expensively, but what a beautiful heirloom to hand down to our families…?
The details in brief:
So to sum up: this a book with 10 beautiful projects for a beginner crocheter to aspire to, and for a more experienced crocheter to make. The colour charts give you a further 20 pattern options. Construction information is included, is well written and very easy to understand.The charts are very handy and there is a small section explaining how to read a chart which I found useful.
If you are looking for a Christmas present for a crochet fan, buy this! They will not be disappointed with it, and will probably love you forever.
I also had the pleasure of seeing these blankets in real life at Yarndale recently. They are stunning!
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