Back in April I entered a fabulous giveaway on the blog Crafts from the Cwtch – to win a copy of Kat Goldin’s book “Crochet at Play” (Publisher: Kyle Books).
I love seeing what Sarah (of Crafts from the Cwtch) is doing, be it spinning, knitting, crocheting or even just the fabulous photos of Wales that I see posted on her page – my Nana was born in Wales (Pontypridd) in the 1920’s and I have a fondness for all things Welsh – I was drawn to Sarah’s blog earlier this year and I have been following along ever since.
When I received the message that I had actually won the giveaway – I was thrilled! Not only was I to receive the book I have been coveting since I learned of its existence, I was also to receive the yarn I needed to complete the “Shaggy Lion” hat shown on the cover of the UK Edition!
I have hooked other patterns designed by Kat and I have followed her blog Slugs on the Refrigerator for ages – I love her Designs – I find them very straightforward and easy to follow. I like Designs that leave very little doubt in my mind as to what I need to do to make the pattern work for me. If I meet the recommended gauge I know the project is going to turn out as depicted and it is going to fit.
Best of all – her book is also full of FUN! Fun patterns – for boys and girls –
I’ve noticed in the last few months of searching for patterns (either by request on my Facebook page) or for my own son – there are very few really good crochet patterns designed specifically for boys. I have actually created a pinterest page dedicated to crochet patterns that can be used for boys.
I am very excited about the number of great patterns in “Crochet at Play” – I had seen some previews in different posts but after actually reviewing the book for myself, I am thrilled by how many of the Designs I truly love and I plan on crocheting for my own children.
Visually the book is charming – the instructions are clear and easy to follow – the photographs are full of colour and show the Designs being worn by children. I love seeing how an item ‘works’ on a model –
The beginning of the book outlines all the different stitches you need to know – both written and pictorial instructions – as well as how to follow the patterns – “Pattern Basics” –
There are more than 30-original-Designs in “Crochet at Play” – among my favorites are:
Cabled Yoke Cardigan
Silver Birch Tunic
I received the book and the yummy yarn on Friday evening and immediately dropped all my other projects to hook the “Shaggy Lion” hat – Darla and Drew both love this hat –
Kat has some free patterns available in honour of the release of her book –
You can also view a ‘trailer’ for the book here!
This post is not affiliated with/by anyone – the opinions are totally my own – I just love the book!