Resolved to make more STUFF this year? Let us help you with a round-up of the most recent crafty books for the new year.
(We’ve also found some free patterns from the books, so check those out too!)
The latest book from the craft duo responsible for the excellent Best In Show series, Knit Your Own Farm is the perfect book for spring.
There are also some free patterns available online from the Knitting & Stitching Show (with some great prizes for the best knitted farm):
by Ruth Maddock
Ruth runs Lupin & Rose, craft shop in Bromyard, Herefordshire, where she designs patterns for magazines and runs craft workshops.
Her latest book, Hooked on Crochet, is a book for beginners. It features 25 fashion-led patterns that increase in complexity until you’ve mastered all the basic stitches and techniques you’ll need to set you on the path to long-term crochet addiction.
Ruth has a selection of Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns on her website.
Sarah gets extra points for providing some of the patterns on her blog with Japanese-style international pattern charts.
They’re so much easier to understand and follow than written instructions – so let’s hope there are some in her book too!
Left to my own devices, our house would look like the Cbeebies set. Luckily, my natural inclination to paint everything a bright colour is checked by the (mostly) sane grown up I share the house with.
Which is why, Kristin’s book caught my eye immediately, featuring “21 step-by-step projects to make your home cozy and bright including colourful sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, painting, crafting and more.”
By Fiona Goble
I tried to webstalk Fiona before writing this piece, but she seems to have let her Knittle.com site wander off the web and her blog hasn’t been updated for a while (no judgment from me there). There are plenty of patterns available on her Ravelry page, however.
Fiona’s latest book follows on from her previous book Scarves and Cowls – 36 Quick and Stylish Knits. And let’s not forget her opus, Knit Your Own Zombie.
She sounds like a lady with a dork heart.