Crochet

Stripe It Your Way Crochet For Home And Fashion

crochet for home & fashion
What a great book! “STRIPE IT YOUR WAY for Home & Fashion” is the kind of “go to” book that is so handy to have. The nine projects range from accessories like a scarf, a wrap, a shawl, a slouchy hat and a tote, to home items like a pillow, a lap robe, a bed runner and a star blanket. Whether you are crafting a treat for yourself, or a personalised gift for someone special, you are sure to find a useful idea in this book.

Stripe It Your Way Crochet For Home And FashionSo far I have finished a scarf and started on a bed runner. The instructions for both have been clear and easy to follow. The “Simple Scarf” was very enjoyable. It was definitely simple to do, and grew quickly, while still having enough pattern in it to keep it interesting. I am really happy with the end result.

Stripe It Your Way Crochet For Home And FashionThe bed runner is now also growing fairly quickly. Again, the stitches used are fairly straight forward but keep the work interesting. The yarn information in the book was very useful when I was trying to work out what I needed for this project. I couldn’t use the yarn recommended for either project so was able to use the yarn details given to work out suitable equivalents.

I have enjoyed using several new stitches in these projects. I like learning new things and the diagrams given here are very clear and easy to follow. The photographs of each of the projects throughout the book also give a really good idea of what the stitches as well as the garments/items should look like. To see photographs of the rest of the projects please follow this link to the Leisure Arts website.

I am looking forward to trying out other projects in this book and highly recommend it as a “must have” book for anyone who enjoys doing crochet.

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Crochet, Lace Making

Homespun Comfort Shawls

crochet shawls

This review has been a bit delayed, but that has turned out to be a good thing. I like to be able to include my own photos when I am doing a review and the delay has allowed me to use much better ones than I had originally intended.

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This book of “Comfort Shawls”, made using Lion Brand Homespun yarn, is very relevant for me at the moment as we are in the middle of winter here in New Zealand. As with previous Leisure Arts books I have reviewed, I was again very impressed with the range of different styles included in this book. There should be something to appeal to everyone.

Homespun Comfort Shawls

The pattern I was drawn to when I first looked at the book was the “Broomstick Lace Shawl” (the third photo above). I had heard of this technique before but had never had the opportunity to try it out. Fortunately one of our local yarn suppliers had the Lion Brand Homespun yarn on sale just when I needed it, this being the reason that the delay was a good thing for me.

IHomespun Comfort Shawls had originally planned on getting a light colour for my shawl, but was really taken with the wonderful rich colours in this darker one. While I still love the colours, I have found this yarn a bit of a challenge to work with. The dark colours and the boucle effect of the yarn make it difficult to see and count the stitches, particularly the setting up chain stitches, so it required a lot of concentration at the beginning. Having said that, I really like the way the garment is turning out, and the lovely soft, warm feel of it.

The instructions in the pattern I am using are very clear. I have found a bit of discrepancy between the instructions and some of the diagrams given, but I have found that sticking to the instructions has produced a good result. The book contains clear instructions and diagrams for all the patterns as well as a number of stitches and techniques, for example fringes.

This yarn and these patterns are a lot different to my usual projects, but I have enjoyed the challenges and learning some new techniques. For more pictures of these lovely shawls please check out the Leisure Arts website.