As you may or may not know, when you blog, you get approached by a variety of people offering their services or asking you to promote their wares. They can range from the slightly obscure to the downright dubious, trust me! As a rule of thumb, I rarely agree unless it is for something that I think you, my friends, will find of interest. When I was asked to join in with Stitch Craft Create's blog hop to review a new crochet motif book, I didn't have to think twice. I think you'll love it!
Ok, so the book?
Written by crochet designers Michelle Delprat and her daughters, Cecile and Sylvie, Hooked! is a veritable buffet of crochet motifs. In my opinion, it commands just a basic knowledge of crochet and there are some excellent stitch illustrations at the beginning of the book. It is attractively uncluttered and the patterns are set out extremely clearly.
Most of the patterns suggest working with a teeny hook (2mm) but, being the contrary person that I am, I favour a 4mm hook and a larger result.
I've picked a couple of my favourite pages which should give you a flavour of what you can expect ...
I'm sure it won't surprise you to learn that I picked a flower as my little project. They worked up super quickly and gave me an excuse to indulge in some fun with colours.
I then chained them together, catching each flower with a slip stitch, to make a simple little garland. They'd look so pretty draped around a few branches; an Easter tree perhaps? For now though, it would seem that they have been purloined by my daughter ...
I shall definitely make some more. Imagine them perched jauntily on a hat or scarf? Ooh, how nice would they look on a squared blanket?
Before I get carried away, I must tell you about the 'blog hop'. Do take a peek here to find out who else is joining in; you'll recognise some of your favourite bloggers and maybe discover a couple of new ones too. You'll also find out more about the book and I'm sure glean a few creative ideas to add to your never-ending to-do list!
To celebrate the upcoming release of Hooked!, the lovely people at Stitch Craft Create are also running a competition where you can win a free copy of the book and a bundle of crochet goodies to boot. For full details, see their blog for more information.