Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney – Book Review and Giveaway

When I first started crocheting, I was always intrigued by what goes into designing your own crochet projects and having them customized to meet my needs. With Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney, you can learn how to create hats, scarves, gloves, and more with a few magical formulas and fill-in-the-blank templates! The techniques that you will learn in this book help take the guess work out of getting the right fit for your project. 

In order to complete this book review, I received a complimentary sample copy from the publisher. I was not financially compensated to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. I receive a small compensation for purchases made through these links. 

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Photography by © Jessica Sipe, from Design Your Own Crochet Projects, © by Sara H. Delaney, used with permission from Storey Publishing


Title: Design Your Own Crochet Projects: Magic Formulas for Creating Custom Hats, Scarves, Cowls, Hats, Socks, Mittens & Gloves
Published by: Storey Publishing
Author: Sara Delaney
ISBN: 978-1-61212-658-6
Format: Hardcover with concealed wire-o, 256 Pages
Published: October, 2017

Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney, published by Storey Publishingis a comprehensive guide to creating your own custom crochet projects without all of the guessing. Sara Delaney goes into great detail to help you create your own custom projects with a few tips, tricks and formulas. The book begins with information on why we need crochet patterns and why they are important. Next, Sara dives into the world of yarn, discussing fiber, weight, and more. She then goes on to discuss swatching (which is super important!) before getting into the designs.

There are 18 patterns in Design Your Own Crochet Projects that Sara has created. She provides the formulas and pattern template so that you can create each of these designs to custom fit your needs. Sara goes into great detail providing you all of the information you will need for your project, which usually takes designers years to learn and perfect! All it takes is a little math to get you started. If you aren’t so great at math, there is this AMAZING online crochet calculator to help you along. You can check that out >HERE< There is a calculator for each type of project (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.)

Each project in Design Your Own Crochet Projects contains basic information about creating the project, standard size and yarn yardage information, the formula calculator, pattern template, basic information for your swatch, pattern instructions with abbreviations list, and even charts when needed. All of the patterns include a full color photo as well. At the end of the book, there is a fabulous stitch dictionary and a stitch guide with full color photo tutorials!

Here are some of the designs you will see in Design Your Own Crochet Projects:

I cannot begin to tell you how useful and valuable Design Your Own Crochet Projects is. Sara Delaney has provided so much insight into the world of pattern designing. This book is an incredible resource that I wish I had when I started designing!

Thank you to Storey Publishing for providing me with a copy of Design Your Own Crochet Projects for my review! You can see more about Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney from Storey Publishing. You can also purchase a copy here on Amazon!

For more information about Storey Publishing, visit their Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

For more information about the author of Design Your Own Crochet Projects, Sara Delaney, check out her Ravelry page!

To add some of these amazing projects to your Ravelry queue and favorites, check out Design Your Own Crochet Projects’ Ravelry page!


But wait, there’s more! Storey Publishing has generously allowed me to give away one copy of Design Your Own Crochet Projects to one of my lucky readers! Please read all rules before entering. Good luck and Happy Crocheting!

Giveaway is open to US and Canada only, where allowed by law. Giveaway will end on November 30, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

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  1. Interesting idea. I’m just getting to the point where I’d like to do more than follow patterns. I think I’ll check this book out.

  2. Since I’ve started playing around with my own patterns (read: lots and lots of frogging!), I realize I need to learn a thing or two about designing. And this book sounds like the perfect solution for me! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Amy:))

  3. I would love to learn how to make my own designs. My head is swimming with them, and I would love to share them. I’m quite interested in this book.

  4. This book gives very good instructions on how to design crochet projects of your own. It gives a timid person like me the confidence to try my own designs.

  5. I will definitely be looking for this book. It’s good to read that it offers great advice about designing. My usual method is to make it up as I go along- never the same twice!

  6. I have tried my hand at designing and pattern making. I take my hat off to all that do. Its a tedious ongoing endeavor. For those that steal or copy patterns and make claims I wish they would understand what they are doing is so wrong and hurtful, not only a personal attack but also in many cases they are down right stealing someones lively hood . Well enough on that subject. I added this book to my wish list.

  7. I wish I had the talent to design my own projects. I’m thankful that my Mother taught me to read a pattern, I just can’t come up with my own ideas.

  8. I’ve been contemplating purchasing but never pulled the trigger until I came across your review. I look forward to getting started. Thank your for your review.

  9. I would love to get this book, Design your own crochet projects as I am wanting to learn how to do this.

  10. I actually have this book. Have not had a chance to sit down and read through it yet. But will soon. Thank you for the review, it means I made the right choice in buying the book/

  11. Oh my goodness! I would love to have this book! I usually create my own projects and I need to know how to write them so I can share the patterns I made. This book will be a big help!

  12. Thank you for the book review of Design Your Own Crochet Projects. I had been looking for a book to guide me as I try my own ways to successfully crochet without a pattern.

  13. Hi Amy. This book sounds awesome. I’m very interested in starting to design my own patterns and I’m always looking for any help and this book fits the bill for me. Thank you for your review.

  14. Looking forward to purchasing this book. My desire is to design my own patterns in the near future.

  15. This book makes it sound like anyone could do this just knowing a little bit of math and terms. If your not a genius at math it gives you a tool to use. The book gives you confidence and lets you know you will be making patterns in no time.

  16. Thank-you. So glad you have posted this review. Have had a very deep interest in creating my own designs for years now and truly believe this book will help.

  17. This book sounds like it would be perfect for me! I’m very curious about how to make my own designs and to customize them. I’m looking forward to learning those magic formulas, tips, and tricks!

  18. I have recently been considering trying to design my own crochet item. I have been crocheting for over 30 years. I would love to know the ins and outs of tying this type of project.

  19. I am very interested in this book! I’ve always wished I was talented enough to create my own patterns
    Thank you for reviewing it

  20. I am totally intrigued! I’ve always wanted to design my own patterns but get overwhelmed by the thought. This book looks like it makes things a little easier.

  21. Thank you for the review. Although the contest has ended I am even more likely to purchase this book than before!

  22. I love that you included links to the crochet calculator as well as to the designer’s ravelry page and a link to purchase!

  23. I will have to check this book out I would love it if I could design my own patterns thanks for sharing this book.

  24. I’ve been looking at this book for a while now. I’ve only dipped my toe in designing crocheted items. This books will be beneficial when I’m ready to go all in for designing.

  25. I need this! love to crochet, but not brave enough to attempt my own designs, going to add this to my Christmas list for Santa, thanks for sharing.

  26. Awesome! I’ve always wanted to design my own projects, but had no idea there was a formula to follow. This is a very helpful book!

  27. This book sounds like it would be so handy! I’ve just started trying to design my own projects, but I still use patterns for the most part.

  28. I’m surely going to purchase this book. I’ve always wanted to learn how to design my own patterns.

  29. Like so many of the other commenters here, I never follow a pattern exactly. I love that someone is sharing their “secrets” in a way that can give me a good foundation for either pattern adjustments or outright pattern design. Will have to add this to my Christmas List!

  30. Very good info on this book. I tend to get a pattern then change it to meet my needs. It would be so much easier to design it from the start. May have to purchase this book. Thanks!

  31. I’ve started making some of my own designs for thing that I need or how I’ve wanted to create a certain look. This is perfect to help me in the future.

  32. I love the idea that there is a crochet calculator in the book. As I have progressed in my crochet, I have started altering patterns to fit my design desires and sizing needs. This book sounds like a great way to expand my knowledge

  33. The math involved in designing patterns has held me back, but this book seems like it would be of great help 😀

  34. This is a great book review. This book is clearly a must buy for me because I still don’t understand swatching. I look forward to purchasing this book and then making something that really fits.

  35. Would love to learn how to design my own projects. I so much want to make this my own business and this would be so helpful.

  36. As many lovely patterns already available to me, I always end up changing something, so this book would likely be perfect for my nit-picky self!

    1. i wish I could be as artistic as many of the designers I admire. This book sounds like it can help me do that.
      Thank you

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