Crochet Lace Innovations by Doris Chan
I really wanted the picture of the cover of Doris Chan’s latest book to be large enough so you could see the lovely lace design. This is indicative of the beautiful designs Doris has created for us! This same design also appears as a dress in the book. There are 20 designs in this book, incorporating a variety of crochet techniques, including broomstick, hairpin, tunisian, and Doris’ signature exploded lace.
I have yet to give hairpin lace a serious try – but the cap sleeve vest pattern in this book makes me want to go for it! Tunisian has become a well-used technique in my crochet repertoire, although I’m still painfully slow at it. And the whole concept of using doily patterns to make full size garments is very enchanting.
This book contains a hairpin lace tutorial that is thorough and well illustrated. Same for tunisian. All the designs are shown in full color pictures with both text and schematics. In addition, Doris gives a full page of ‘Tips for Success’ for each technique – sorta like having the designer right there with you while you’re crocheting.
Yarns in this book tend to be natural fibers, wool and silk. Color choices are both current and classic. Project difficulty ranges from intermediate beginner to experienced crocheter. Scarf patterns are great ‘beginner’ projects to give the technique a test drive. Then, a more complex pattern follows to encourage the crocheter to stretch the limits.
While every garment crochet book contains scarves, cardigans, and skirts, you’ll look far and wide to find a scarf as visually complex as the Siona Stole on page 37. It’s made in cream and Celery green bamboo wool in strips of hairpin lace. The visual impact is simply stunning!
This book is definitely a keeper.
Potter Craft Books, 2010
List price is $21.99 USD