Saturday, May 17, 2014

Crochet Flashback to 1979

Crochet Workshop by James Walters is a reprint from 1979.  I was in high school at that time, so the designs were an enjoyable flashback for me.  I appreciate the way Walters pushed the boundaries of crochet far beyond granny squares and doilies.

As a person with training in engineering, I really like the visuals showing what is really happening as fabric is created and shaped through crochet rounds and rows.  If you are not a “blind follower” of instructions and really want to understand why you are doing what you are doing and why it works to create a certain shape, Walters is your man.

I love the chapter on related techniques: woven crochet, Tunisian crochet, and hairpin lace are all handy tools for the designer’s bag of tricks.

I received a free electronic review copy through NetGalley and am happy to recommend this book to any crochet enthusiast.