Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet Accessories book is totally fashion-forward. As someone that’s fairly new to crochet, I feel that this book is a flawless offering making it keen guide and useful resource. The accessories featured can be worn for everyday use or for special occasions when you want to express yourself beyond the norm. Patterns that can be found within these pages include hats, cowls, shawls, bags, jewelry, boot toppers, headband, and beyond.
The patterns are quite unique ranging from the simple to the extravagant. Simple known stitches put together in these patterns have created texture, design, and colorwork that has personally invoked an excitement within to whip these up on my hook. Cables and lace which I’ve only done on knitting needles seem within reach in the art of crochet thanks to Melissa’s guides and easy to follow charts!
All instruction in the book is written and charted in US terms. The yarn the pattern was created in is listed but there’s also a section that lists several alternatives. I’ll mention here that many of the yarns you’ll need to order online or pick up from your local yarn store. Only a few projects used or suggested brands you’d commonly find in your local craft retail stores like Lion Brand, Patons, and Red Heart.
The patterns are beautifully photographed making it an easy choice in picking what you’ll want to create next. Not included is a project difficulty level guide. This would have been a nice addition but it doesn’t deter from the quality of patterns within.
Every technique you’d need to use in creating every project is included. The back of the book has many pages of stitches, symbol breakdown, abbreviation list, finishing tips, tips for reading charts, etc. The charts are generous in size so no need for squinting and straining ones eyes to read it.
Overall, this is well put together crochet book. It provides many levels of difficulty. Promoting growth in a craft is always a glorious thing to embrace. I’m adoring the fact that all the accessories are practical and attainable without much trouble!
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