Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Book Review: Crocodile Stitch Fashions by Lianka Azulay

'Crocodile Stitch Fashions' by Lianka Azulay is an unusual crochet book featuring an innovative stitch.

At eight projects and 43 pages it's more of a booklet than a hefty tome but the quality of the patterns more than make up for this. It's also easily portable and you could take it away on holiday with you or to work and back.

Crocodile stitch is 'formed by a two row repeat: a row of V-stitches (dc, ch 1, dc) followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and is fast to memorize' says the book's author.

The result is a really thick chunky textured fabric as you can see from the pictures.

There is one shawl (on the front cover), a hood, two pairs of wrist warmers, three hats and a neck warmer.

As usual for an Annie's Attic publication the step by step photos are very clear and the instructions are completely accesible to the beginner crocheter. There are stitch abbreviations at the back of the book, a yarn conversion weight chart, an all-important US stitch to UK stitch chart (a US single crochet is a UK double crochet and the book is American), a pictorial stitch guide to everything from chain to a treble crochet increase and a page of metric conversion charts.

'Crocodile Stitch Fashions' by Lianka Azulay is out now from Search Press.

Thanks to Search Press for sending me this book to review.

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