Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments and accessories by Mary Jane Hall (Amazon, Goodreads, Ravelry, Author Blog)
Genre: Crochet, intermediate
Published: July 24, 2015 by Interweave
Generally speaking when I get a craft book, I like 99% of the patterns. There are always a few that I’m not big on, or just not impressed by. But this book is different: I love every single pattern, and want to make them all in a bunch of different colors. Like I’m not even joking. And I even got my boyfriend to look through all the pictures too and he was like “oooh you should make that. Ooh that would be so pretty on you. Oooh look at that one.” It was kind of adorable.
There were a few things that made me really love this book. Yes the patterns themselves were lovely, but one of the things about them was the hook size wasn’t microscopic. When I go online and search for “Crochet lace,” a lot of times the patterns I find are very tight-gauge. Fingering weight yarn, tiny hooks, itty bitty details, slow progress. These patterns were mostly G, H, and I hooks, so they will work up pretty quickly.
Another thing I really liked was the French names and theme running through the book. All the patterns were elegant, light, delicate, and sweet. Some of them were gorgeous and sexy in addition! Even the layout of the patterns themselves was elegant.
Lastly there was both graphs for the lace, and the written instructions, for both kinds of people. I can’t just follow a pattern, and I can’t just look at a graph. But with both, I’m good.
I’m super excited about this book. Check back with me in a few weeks to see what I’ve made!