I ran across this book at my local library last week. Don’t know how I missed it before. I don’t believe I ever saw it for sale at any of my usual haunts.
I’m glad I ran across it because it’s a great little book. It does have 30 patterns in it and several of them quickly found their way onto my WIM list!
The most beautiful pattern in the book is titled simply ‘Crocheted Stole/Shawl’. It’s a pretty floral looking stitch pattern worked with two strands of laceweight baby alpaca. The two colors, only a shade off from each other as heathery beige and gray, add a great deal of dimension, resulting in a stunning shawl. It’s dimensions are 22X81 inches, but since it’s worked across its width, I can downsize it to something more manageable for me than a shawl that’s 81 inches long. Further, I’d probably substitute a fingering weight yarn in a heathery color rather than carry two strands of yarn.
The other pattern I fell in love with is unusual for me. It’s ‘Flower Scarf’ made from tiny motifs that are joined as you go. The scarf is shown worked up using NINE different colors of baby alpaca, holding two strands together. Again, I’d choose a yarn that is fingering weight – probably sock yarn – with long runs of related colors rather than the nine skeins called for. The end result would be very similar to the pictured scarf I believe.
The other 28 patterns in the book run the gamut from afghans to gauntlets to caps to place mats and two more shawls that are lovely. Step by step instructions are included, along with good photos, and all the crochet basics are covered.
Author Tove Fevang
Published by Trafalgar Books, 2011
90 pages, hardback
List Price is $21.95 USD
By jd wolfe