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.

Book Specs:

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

ISBN 9780762441464

$16.00 USD


  1. Becky Green says

    Wow!!!! I’m NOT a crocheter, but a knitter! This makes me WISH I knew how to crochet! I am a BIG Jane Austen fan!!!!!!!! The cover sweater is breath taking! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Crochet Leah says

    This book will be in my “collection”!!! I just love the style of this era. Thanks JD!!!

  3. says

    I JUST saw this at the bookstore tonight and had to buy it! The designs are surprisingly modern! Looking forward to making some!

  4. says

    Thanks for the review. I will put this on my wish list. I love Jane Austen. Have read most of her works, and of course, have seen a lot of the movies out there. In fact, just a few days ago, I saw a movie about her life on cable. Thanks so much for doing these reviews! I don’t know how you keep up with so much.

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