by Dora Ohrenstein
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Lark Books (January 5, 2010)
Take your crochet skills to the next level by exploring the fabricology of crochet. Creating Crochet Fabric: Experimenting with Hook, Yarn & Stitch isn't just another crochet project book, it’s an exploration of the craft’s creative possibilities!
Designer Dora Ohrenstein closely examines crochet’s three basic variables — hook, yarn, and stitch — and how their infinite combinations create distinctive fabrics. Dozens of swatches show which techniques will result in a structured, hardwearing fabric or a lacy one that drapes; how a yarn can either hide or show off stitch patterns; and which crochet patterns can mimic plaid or colorful African designs. Fifteen projects move readers from theory into practice.
Crochet Fabric is broken up into five main chapters: The Materials & Tools We Use, Designing Crochet Fabric, How Stitch Patterns Work, Swatching Makes Perfect and Putting It All Together. A comprehensive stitch dictionary is also included. The photographs of the swatches throughout are bright and detail oriented, allowing the reader to really see the stitches and understand the fabric created.
The patterns include shrugs, hats, jackets, shawls and scarves. My personal favorite is the Juliette Shawl. As a knitter who does not crochet, I also find the Elvira and Anna jackets absolutely stunning and fascinating! I would never have thought to crochet a jacket!
Abouth the Author: Dora Ohrenstein's designs have appeared in Interweave Crochet, knit.1, Crochet Today, The New Crochet, and Fabulous Crocheted Ponchos. Her first solo book, Crochet Insider’s Passion for Fashion, was published in 2008 by Leisure Arts. Dora is founder and editor of the webzine Crochet Insider, which features interviews with industry leaders and textile artists, book and yarn reviews, and galleries of creative crochet from designers across the globe.
CONTEST! As you know, I do not crochet.... so my loss is your gain! I'm giving away this copy of Creating Crochet Fabric to one of you! To enter, simply leave a comment here telling me when you will make the Anna jacket for me... ha ha ha, just kidding... instead let me know how long you have been crocheting and what your favorite item to crochet is (make sure to leave a means of contact if your email does not automatically attach to your comment). Deadline to enter is Monday, December 21 at midnight. Winner will be selected by random number generator.