I recently had the opportunity to sample and review Marianne Dekkers-Roos' new book, Colorful Crochet. Diving in to a new crochet book is always such a joyful experience, and cracking open Marianne's book was no exception. True to its name, Colorful Crochet is packed with beautifully designed patterns, each of which showcases Marianne's unique eye for color.
Read on for a complete review and an opportunity to win your own copy of Colorful Crochet!
Colorful Crochet features more than 20 projects for the home and to wear, including blankets, shawls, cushion covers, and sweaters. The style is a mix of modern and vintage, with plenty of variation to appeal to a broad range of crocheters' interests. Some of my favorite projects include the iconic Granny Square Cardigan and Geometric Triangle Blanket, both featured on the cover, and Ribbed Tartan Cushion (see below).
The patterns span different difficulty levels, with many projects suitable for beginners. The book contains basic crochet instructions, with illustrated directions for completing all of the fundamental stitches needed. More complex, or special stitches are explained thoroughly at the beginning of each pattern. As a designer, I can appreciate the clearly and accurately written pattern directions. Each pattern also comes with an accompanying chart, for more visually inclined crocheters.
As a mandala enthusiast, I enjoyed trying out the "Circle Wall Hanging" project. Because I didn't have a metal ring on hand, I simply added a couple of rounds to finish off the circle into a mandala or doily. I love that this pattern, like several others in the book, can be modified using a different weight yarn to make a completely different project, in this case a chic bag.
I've also been working on the "Ribbed Tartan Cushion," whose simple, understated lines I adore.
All right, let's get to the giveaway part of this post! If you'd like your own copy of Colorful Crochet, simply leave a comment below, with your name, email, and favorite color. The giveaway will close at noon, central time, on Thursday, June 8, at which time I'll randomly draw a winner. You're welcome to enter from anywhere in the world! I hope you enjoy Marianne's book as much as I do!