Book Review: Cuddly CrochetBy Rachel Choi – 10 Comments
|Recently I received Stacey Trock’s Cuddly Crochet book in the mail for review. As much as I like to talk about fluffy rainbows and sunshines, below is my complete and honest review of the book, telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I have to say that the Cuddly Crochet book has one of the most unique concepts for baby crochet patterns. The book features 10 baby toys, with each toy having either a blanket, hat, or bib to match! That’s a total of 20 crochet patterns. The book is themed around cute stuffed animals: teddy bear, pig, mouse, bunny, and penguin, to name a few. At the end of the book there’s mysterious toy truck. Maybe this is for all the boy babies?
My favorite part has to be the beginning of the book, before the crochet patterns even start. Stacey provides a lot of useful crochet information and techniques, from how to work the stitches needed in the patterns, to stuffing your toys and sewing the parts together. These resources can be used far beyond just the patterns in the book. Make sure you read this section before starting your crochet patterns, even if you are an advanced crocheter.
The patterns themselves are clearly written for those who have experience reading crochet patterns. I wouldn’t recommend this book for beginners, although there are a couple of beginner level patterns. Beginners will probably have a hard time deciphering the crochet pattern instructions.
It is also interesting to note that most of the patterns in the book require you to use a US H (5.00 mm) crochet hook and to crochet in the back loops only. I’m not a true fan of working in the back loops only for everything. Yes, it does give you a different textured look, but I don’t think it looks great on every single crochet pattern. You can be the judge! As for the 5.00 mm hook, it’s a great size for when you’re crocheting blankets, hats, and bibs, but you might want to use a smaller hook that is traditionally used when you crochet toys that contain stuffing in them, such as a 3.75 mm or 4.00 mm hook. Smaller hooks will make your work tighter so that your stuffing won’t show through. Play around with it to find what works for you.
Despite the minor flaws that I poke at, Cuddly Crochet is a fun book with a ton of adorable crochet patterns. In my opinion, this book is worth the asking price if you’re looking for a bunch of cute baby patterns.
If you would like to take a peak into the Cuddly Crochet book yourself and to see items made from the patterns click here. The link will take you to Amazon where you can click the book’s image to see the first few pages of the book. Under the book’s cover, there are some pictures you can scroll through. My favorite is the mouse bib!
What do you think of Cuddly Crochet?