The Best of Interweave Crochet
by Linda Permann
This well rounded collection of designs is a must have for those who may have missed early issues of Interweave Crochet, which initially launched in 2004. The book features 23 designs from popular designers like Kristin Omdahl, Doris Chan, Robyn Chachula and Kim Guzman. Whether you like to crochet clothing, accessories, or dÃ©cor, you'll find something to love inside. All of the classic favorites that come to mind when I think of Interweave Crochet are included here, such as Kathy Merrick's Babette Blanket and Boteh Scarf, Lily Chin's Lace Dress, and Julia Vaconsin's Northern Dreams Pullover.
The patterns are clear and concise, and those originally published with diagrams include them here as well. Patterns span a range of yarn weights and styles, with several offerings in lace and sock weight, on up to DK and worsted weight yarns. With design elements ranging from lace and cables to mock fair-isle stitches, Tunisian and tapestry crochet, each project offers its own challenge and skill-building opportunity for intermediate crocheters.
In addition to wonderful patterns, the book is peppered with articles and advice from well-known designers. "Back to Basics" pages elaborate on techniques most books gloss over, like how to change colors and weave in ends. Likewise, "Beyond the Basics" articles explore the more complex techniques of Foundation Stitches, Tunisian Crochet, Seaming, and more. Even seasoned crocheters will find useful advice within.
Interweave is known for pushing the crochet envelope, with designs that continue to inspire the exploration of what can be accomplished with a hook and stringâ€”and this book is no exception. The Best of Interweave Crochet is not just a collection of the magazine's favorite patterns, but a celebration of how far crochet has come in the last ten years.