I am thrilled to be have been given a new crochet book to look at called Hip Crochet by Natalie Clegg. Even more exciting is that Natalie is local to where I live. (I love a local celeb.) If you live anywhere near the Cambridge area you too can meet her on Saturday April 27th at the Sheep Shop in Cambridge at 3.30pm. She will be signing copies of her book and answering any questions you may have. I also have heard a whisper that she is designing a special pattern for the event too!
So now about the book starting off with the author:
Who is Natalie Clegg:
She is an interior designer and sounds to be full of life:
I absolutely love my life and love to try new things – so I am always exploring and learning.
Taken from her blog: here
She obviously loves her job designing interiors:
I love interiors – I would love to see every building and space made beautiful – even the unused ones.
Taken from her blog: here
Probably the thing that stands out most to me is that she is not afraid of colour. YAY 🙂
Taken from Ravelry
Hip Crochet is her first Crochet book and is full of fun patterns for the home. There are a real mix of patterns in this book:
Taken from the Ravelry Page here click to see the rest.
All in all there are 25 patterns ranging from the useful (Graffiti Doorstop) to the purely decorative (Ice Cream Sundae).
Hip crochet includes fun crochet projects to give your home a touch of colour, with patterns to suit all tastes and levels of ability.
Taken from the ‘blurb’
There is a refreshingly different selection of patterns in this book. The range is such that I am pretty sure that there is a project in this book that will appeal to most people. Quite an achievement. The range of techniques is broad so it is a great book for people relatively new to crochet or for those looking to expand their skills.
Organisation and essentials
The book starts off giving some really good tips (my favourite is using a notebook to make notes about each project.) There are also conversion charts for the sizes of hooks and the differences between us and uk crochet terms. Other features to note are:
- it is written in UK terminology
- it includes charts where appropriate as well as written
- it has great photos – at least 1 full-page photo per project
- it includes a variety of techniques – in the round, rows, amigurumi, felted, join-as-you-go and Jacquard Crochet Diagrams
- many projects give ideas of how to vary the pattern
- Natalie gives her own little tip on each project
- There is a section on basic crochet techniques – how to
- There is a section on other techniques (including a recipe to make your own starch)
- There is a glossary of terms.
My main criticism would be that there is no indication on the difficulty of the pattern.
A Trial Run
I am however not done. I feel it is only fair that I try a project out. After all the patterns may be so badly written that they are impossible to follow (unlikely I know but ……)
I had a go at a Cache Pot:
I found the instructions to this easy to follow and I ended up with a really cute little bowl which is surprisingly sturdy. It is a quick project to complete – great for gifts.
Now for the exciting bit. I have a copy of the book to giveaway – not only that but it will be a signed copy! (either you can come along to the Sheep shop and I will give you the book then and there so you can get it signed yourself or I will get it signed and send it to you later!) Excited? All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me why you would like to win a copy of the book. I shall be doing the draw on Friday night at 8pm.
Oh and one more thing. Claire over at Clairebellemakes also has a copy to give away so why not pop over to her blog and see what she has to say about the book as well as doubling your chance to win yourself a copy? Good luck to everyone who enters 🙂
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