Crochet to Calm Book Review and Pattern Excerpt
Crochet To Calm:Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Colorful Crochet Patterns, published by Interweave, contains 18 simple crochet patterns that will help you de-stress while crocheting something beautiful and functional.
Title: Crochet to Calm: Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Colorful Crochet Patterns
Author: The Editors at Interweave
Published by: Interweave Books, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc.
Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Published: August 24, 2016
I really love that all of the projects in Crochet to Calm are made up of simple stitches which are perfect for relaxing and crocheting on a lazy day. They also have stitch patterns that are quite easy to remember and repeat, so you don’t really have to struggle to focus on the patterns. The projects are also great for gift-giving or general use around the home.
Here is what you will find in Crochet to Calm:
- For the Home
- Market Tote by Kate Dohn p12
- Bulky Pillow by Carla Malcomb p18
- Papillon Pouf by Annemarie Benthem p22
- Circle Square Pillow by AnneMarie Benthem p28
- Honeycomb Blanket by Adrienne Brigham p34
- Small Crochet Basket by Jennifer Brown p42
- Zinnia Pillow by Amy Kleinpeter p46
- Meditative Mandala by Mandy O’Sullivan p50
- For Friends, Family, & You!
- Crochet Mittens by Martha McKeon p58
- Peachy Arm Warmers b y Julie King p68
- Babala Hat by Tara Murray p74
- Juno Slouchy Hat by Justine Walley p78
- Super Chunky Cowl by Erin Hansen p82
- Slouchy Slipper Boots by Lisa an Klaveren p86
- Sweet Granny Square Slippers by Mélissa Thibault p90
- Chevron Scarf by Amy Kleinpeter p96
- Wrapped in Wool
- Caeruleus Wrap by Tanis Gray p56
- Nonotuck Wrap by Bristol Ivy p62
- Bias Cable and Lace Stole by Leila Raabe p68
- Highland Hooded Scarf by Kristen TenDyke p74
- North Winds Wrap by Jocelyn J. Tunney p78
- Abbreviations p102
- Techniques p103
- About the Designers p108
- Resources p110
Here are a few of my favorite projects from the book:
Each of the patterns in Crochet to Calm includes sizing information, materials and notions, gauge information, and pattern notes. The pattern instructions are all clearly written and concise. At the end of the book, you will find a list of abbreviations used in the patterns and techniques including the adjustable ring, back post double crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, mattress stitch, single crochet and treble crochet, demonstrated by small graphics.
If you want to get your very own copy of Crochet To Calm:Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Colorful Crochet Patterns, published by Interweave from Amazon for just $21.99.
A HUGE thank you to Interweave for providing an excerpt from Crochet To Calm:Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Colorful Crochet Patterns, published by Interweave for my readers! I hope you enjoy this project:
Excerpted from Crochet to Calm: Stitch and De-Stress with 18 Colorful Crochet Patterns by Interweave Books. Copyright © 2016 F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Photos courtesy of Chris Dempsey Photography.
By Amy Kleinpeter
Not just any scarf—a dramatic, warm, lovely piece that will make you feel enveloped in a hug.
Scarf measures 92″ (234 cm) long excluding fringe x 9″ (23 cm) wide.
Bulky weight (#6 Super Bulky).
SHOWN HERE: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrylic/20% wool; 106 yd/97 m; 6 oz/170 g): #122 Taupe, 4 skeins.
Size M-13 (9 mm).
8 sts and 8 rows in sc worked in back loop only = 4″ (10 cm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
2-double crochet cluster (2-dc cl)
[Yarn over, insert hook in st or sp, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice in same st or sp, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
3-double crochet cluster (3-dc cl)
[Yarn over, insert hook in st or sp, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times in same st or sp, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
(Dc, ch 2, dc) in same st or sp.
Cut 60 strands of yarn 22″ (56 cm) long for fringe and set aside.
ROW 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 11 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in each of next 11 ch, 2 sc in last ch, turn. (26 sc)
ROWS 2–120: Ch 1, working in back loops only, 2 sc in first st, sc in each of next 11 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in each of next 11 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn. (26 sts) Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Using 2 strands of yarn for each fringe, single-knot one fringe in every other st across each end of scarf. Trim even as desired.
I never really thought of it as stress relief. I just knew I liked to crochet.
Looks like Awesome book! Thank you for review! Love many of the projects you show here! Definitely adding to my Wish List! 🙂
Love projects that allow me to meditate and pray while working on something lovely! Thank you!
I loved the title to start with. I am looking for calm in my life. I love these projects. A challenge is good, but sometimes I love to do a project that is pretty and enjoyable while watching a Hallmark movie!
Looks like another great book to add to my collection. Thanks for the review!
I will have to check this out
Thanks for sharing the Pattern! 🙂 The book looks super …lots of projects..great gift ideas..& home decor!