|"Crochet Wraps Every Which Way" by|
Author: Tammy Hildebrand
Year Published: 2014; printed in USA
Dee's Rating: 9.5 Hooks out of 10
Tammy writes in her book Introduction:
"Is there anything more versatile than a wrap? One of the most long-lived garment designs in existence, a wrap can be anything from a light, lacy shawlette, to a thick, cozy poncho, to a huge, intricate, jaw-droppingly gorgeous lace shawl."
She is so right! And the timing of her new book couldn't have been better, especially with the Bridal, Prom and Graduation seasons right around the corner! What could be better than wearing a hand-crafted shawl to such occasions? :)
|Tammy's "Aqua Marine" from her new book,|
"Crochet Wraps Every Which Way"
© 2014 by Stackpole Books. Used with permission
In this hot-off-the-press book, Tammy offers 18 original patterns, which includes 6 crochet techniques that range from traditional crochet to double-ended crochet. The project Skill Levels rotate from easy, to intermediate, to experienced. This means there are six patterns offered with each of these 3 skill levels -- offering something for everyone to try! Thinking inline with Tammy again, I do not agree with judging a pattern by the Skill Level as it could discourage a crocheter from trying something new: as long as you are proficient with the basics of crocheting, and diligent in counting and using stitch markers when needed, then you are ready to crochet up one of her beautiful wraps!
And I know this first hand -- as I type this book review, I already have her "Aqua Marine" wrap fresh off of the blocking board! Not only did this project work up super quick, but I also found Tammy's instructions easy to understand - and adapt! (Hey, she does say in her Introduction to "Have fun, experiment.")
|My version of Tammy's "Aqua Marine" pattern|
worked up as "Amethyst."
* ETA: In an email exchange with the publisher, they report that the images look fine in their copies of the book. So perhaps the issue is only with my copy.
Want to see more photos of patterns offered in this book? Visit Stackpole’s Look Book here. Want to get to know Tammy? Follow her on Facebook here. My Amethyst project details can be found here.