11.03.2012

Book Review: Clever Crocheted Accessories

Clever Crocheted Accessories is a great collection of crocheted gems from the fabulous Brett Bara.  If you have been missing her crochet inspiration, this collection will fill that void.  Brett is the former editor of Crochet Today, and the host on our PBS show, Knit and Crochet Now.  Besides that she has a great eye for color and textures, and combined with her vast knowledge of needlework (crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, and more!); this book just oozes will beautiful projects.

There are 25 projects inside that Brett culled from her crochet designer favorites.  For my projects in the book, we worked together very closely to create her vision.  I personally adore working that way!  I love collaborating to create a project that has a bit of everyone in it.  We actually hashed out the clutch on the set of Knit and Crochet Now, Season 4.  I was demo'ing how to needle felt motifs to a project I made for the show, and she loved the idea.  And the clutch was born from that moment!  The mittens were taken from an inspiration photo she sent me and my recent obsession with post stitches.  Combined with her colors and stripes, the mittens were created.   Totally a collaboration, I love it!  You can see my pictures of the projects before I sent them in over at Flickr (esp if you want to see the size the clutch was before I felted it).

Mixed Motif Clutch
Stripey Mitts
Diamonds and Lace Socks




Inside, I found a number of other projects I love.  Two are the Fine Feathered Cloche by Linda Cyr and Diamond Lace Socks by Kim Kotary.  The hat has a great textured with the double crochet in the back middle bar.  The diamond lace socks are a projects that would move fast for you with all the lace. The book has crochet diagrams, crochet illustrations, and clear patterns.  I don't think you could go wrong with asking for this book for Christmas or Hanukkah.  There are a ton of projects that will keep you crocheting all year!

Fine Feathered Cloche
You can enter to win yarn to make your favorite project from the book by leaving a comment on the blog about your favorite yarn to crochet (or  send me a tweet or email).  I will pick a winner on Wednesday and email them (so leave a way to get in touch with you!)

22 comments:

carmelvineyard said...

Well, my favorite is still Mission Falls 1824 wool... :( I'm still looking for a new favorite! Something a little lighter maybe... a squishy animal fiber that's soft like butter in maybe a sport or dk weight. Gotta find one...

Carmel J.
Ravelry: carmelvineyard

CrochetBlogger said...

The book looks like a good one. Definitely nice to see some new crochet from Brett!

Kacy said...

I really like the stitch definition I get when crocheting with Berroco Comfort.

Ilona said...

I love Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand Yarns.

~ Ilona

Kim said...

I like Punta by Merisoft because it's like a rainbow of fluffy kittens.

Jenee said...

I like to try all different yarns, but one I keep going back to as a favorite is cascade 220 superwash. It's great for baby projects. This looks like a great book! Jeneer on ravelry

Melody said...

I like Bernat Softee Chunky.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy said...

I love love Rowan Handknit Cotton and Red Heart Soft yarns. :)

Changing Paths at 55 said...

I love that Brett has a book out! I love to crochet with Plymouth Encore!!!

Veronica said...

Knitpicks Swish is my absolute favorite.

veronica.medina.addison(at)gmail(dot)com

Katelyn said...

This book looks great! Perfect for Holiday projects. Lately I have really liked working with Vanna's Glamour. I recently finished a shrug with it and now I find myself looking for more projects to make with it!
Thanks for the chance to win!
kateyhbf@gmail.com

Carmen Nuland said...

For acrylics, I'm currently loving Vanna's Choice. But I have recently started making socks and fell in love with Lorna's Laces.

Laura L said...

I really like Vanna's Choice and Caron Simply Soft

cveditions said...

very interesting book. I love all of Webs Valley yarns.

tamdoll said...

Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite yarn right now to crochet with is Cascade 220 because of all the color choices.

Sweet Seahorse said...

I love Moda Vera Beetle which is a cotton acrylic blend. It is soft and squishy yet very sturdy. I haven't experienced any stretching or distortion with it. I find I keep going back to buy more.
xXx Helen

jmo said...

How can I pick just one favorite yarn? I Love them all! I guess I've really enjoyed Berocco Comfort. The stitch definition is amazing and it holds up quite well to children and washing!

jmo said...

eeek.. see above Jenmo42 on Ravelry

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict said...

I love to try new yarns as I usually only make things with yarns at the cheaper end of the market.

Tina GivingNSharing said...

I really like that cloche hat at the bottom of the post. My favorite yarn is probably the "I Love This Cotton" you can find at Hobby Lobby. I haven't crocheted with any of the fancy yarns as I can't afford them - but this particular yarn is about $2.99 and crochets up beautifully.

Is the giveaway still open - or has the winner been chosen? I'd love to be entered. =D

Thanks!
Tina 'the book lady'
wswpub2(at)gmail
http://givingnsharing.blogspot.com
http://familyliteracy2.blogspot.com

margiwarg said...

I really love soft natural fibres. I had a bunch of Rowan purelife organic cotten that was so nice and soft and in muted colours that was great. Is discontinued though :(

Ashley Weeks said...

For those of you who have made the Saturday Beret, is one of the directions an errors?
Ribbon 3 Row 1 it says, DC in 6th ch from hook, dc in next 3 chs; ch 2, sl st on any outer ch-5-edge loop of the FIRST ribbon to join, ch 2.

The 3rd row says to sl st in same ch-5-edge loop of 2nd ribbon where previously joined;ch2.

I feel like Row 1 is wrong, the sl st should be in the 2nd ribbon, not the first.

Has anyone made this Beret??