Sunday, 11 November 2012

Book Review: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

'100 Snowflakes to Crochet' by Caitlin Sainio is an excellent directory of snowflake patterns.

Not only is it a directory but Caitlin has added a story to each snowflake so you know where the particular type is to be found in the world and at what time of the year. My favourite is the 'Candle Ice' snowflake - 'This little snowflake might come to rest on a pile of Candle ice - lake or sea ice that has disintegrated into a pile of candle shaped cylinders.' If you are obsessed with patterns in nature you will definitely love this book. As a trained mechanical engineer Caitlin brings a scientific element to crochet.

She's also added ten pages of instructions from very basic crochet stitches to more advanced advice for when you have finished all the snowflakes and want to start designing your own.

They are organised in order of ease so if you are a beginner you can start with the first snowflake and work your way through the book. Even the most basic snowflakes at the start of the book are beautiful and well worth making even if you are an experienced crocheter. It's an ideal present for someone who is thinking of beginning crochet.

At the end of the book she has featured ten projects using the snowflake designs. This one is to make gift tags and cards with a nice clear white snowflake:

This project is to decorate cushions with the snowflakes. How beautiful are these cushions? I love the white cushion with maroon snowflakes. So simple but elegant.

And this scarf is adorable! It's so delicate and soft looking.

'100 Snowflakes to Crochet' by Caitlin Sainio is out now and is available here from Search Press.

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

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