So let me be totally clear – I love books. I love yarn. I love knitting. I love crochet. The order is random. Therefore a book review on a crochet pattern book is sheer Heaven. Especially when it is as delectable and useful as this one.
Nothing comes without a downside – and since I’m so enamoured with “The Best of Interweave Crochet: A Collection of Our Favourite Designs”, let me deal with this short list quickly. Firstly, it is American and therefore the patterns and crochet descriptions are in US English. Do not let this put you off. Don’t you want to be bi-lingual in crochet? Secondly, if you are a subscriber to the magazine, you have probably already got these patterns. But then again, to have a collection like this in one volume is incredibly useful. Thirdly, you will need to be creative when substituting yarn. I believe in creativity.
In some knitting circles, crochet has a bad name. It is regarded as frumpy, clumsy, 2-dimensional and very reminiscent of the 70s. This book should be compulsory reading for all those who subscribe to this way of thought. There are a wide range of patterns which are versatile, contemporary and not at all frumpy. You don’t have to look beyond the front page to work that one out. And for the remaining unconverted, some look almost like knitting!
In total there are 22 patterns. This may seem light for a book, however there are in addition to that 13 different Crochet tutorials ranging from the Basic – how to weave in an end, to the Advanced – Garment Construction and much in between. The majority of the patterns are for women – there is one sleeveless cardigan for men which I think we’ll learn to ignore, two specifically for children, several scarves/wraps/accessories and a range of gorgeous blankets/throws including the now classic Babette Blanket (Ravelry users will be familiar with this colourful, delightful modern take on the granny squares).
The range of yarns is wide – from the aran weight to the lace weight so there is plenty to catch the imagination. Unusually for me there are more than half a dozen patterns which I’m itching to make, starting with a wonderful boxy cardigan based on the granny square. I was the most amazed at that detail.
However there are a number of projects which are close behind it:
This beautiful lace scarf is called Alpine Frost and it is a wonderfully apt name for a gorgeous and light scarf.
The last pattern I shall specifically mention left me truly amazed. I wasn’t aware that crochet could be so versatile. The pattern is called Solas Caomph, Irish for Tender Comfort and it is for a baby blanket with the most amazing cables.
This book is Five Stars – buy it, borrow it and never return it!