It’s some kinda crazy when I find a book on the shelf of my local library, go online, and find that I can buy it – for $199.00!!
When I got this book off the library shelf, I thought to myself that it would be a nice book to review for my blog. I like to review older books as well as the newest ones off the press. This one is vintage, from 1991, when it sold for considerably less (no price is printed anywhere on the book). It’s a hard back book with simple schematics and lots and lots of photos in black and white.
I’m am going to return this book to the library, where it will probably be stolen (as was Hard Crochet and most of the other ‘vintage’ hard back crochet books in their collection). Those who steal crochet (and other craft) books from a place where we can all share them for free are especially pathetic folks. Really! We can all share and play nicely together.
Now, off my soapbox. If you’re a lover of crochet lace, this book is perfect. The lace patterns are pictured and described in the first part of the book. Then, the shawl designs begin. From preliminary planning (rectangle, circle, hooded, etc) through yarn requirements then onto the actual patterns, you’ll be guided to combine those stitches to create beautiful crocheted shawls. Detailed photos and schematics show you how to successfully create just the right shawl for you.
This book is a gem! I hope that more forgotten copies of it will be pulled off the dusty shelves of private homes and offered on ebay or wherever so that those who wish to can afford their own copies. Dig around. You just might find this one in your own house!
Crochet Lace by Mary Konior
First published in UK by Blandford Publishing and distributed in the US by Sterling Publishing Company, 1991
128 pages, hard back, black and white photos only