Jane Austen wrote novels of the Regency Era in England, that period in history that was just pre-Victorian, when women’s fashions were a bit elongated and very feminine without being as fussy as the full blown Victorian Era. The designs in this book pay homage to the sketches and writings of Jane Austen as she described her characters and their homes in her books. Many of the 36 designs look remarkably modern, practical expressions of these historic beauties.
If you haven’t read Jane Austen, this book may well pique your interest. The charming illustrations and vivid photography bring Jane’s words to life! There’s just no way to escape the warm, lovely world Austen created with her words and Melissa Horozewski has interpreted in crochet. Charming is the only word I can think of to describe this must-have book.
Highlights in the book include the versatile ‘All Buttoned Up’ shawl which can be worn three ways merely by reconfiguring the three motifs that button together, the Regency Handbag and Hat which look remarkably current, and the stunning (and wedding dress candidate) dress called ‘An Afternoon At Pemberley. There are designs for children, charming and special, for the home, warm and cozy, several tempting scarves and shawls, and the stand-out cover sweater.
To make successful completion of your crochet projects easier, there are written directions, detailed photography, and informative schematics. In these 208 pages, you’re sure to find enticing projects that will have you itching to pull out your hook and yarn.
Austentatious Crochet, 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen by Melissa Horozewski
208 pages, softback, published by Running Press Books, USA, October, 2011
By jd wolfe