Halloween: The Ideal Holiday for Beastly Crochet Patterns

Brenda K.B. Anderson’s pattern book, Beastly Crochet, wasn’t specifically intended to be a book of Halloween patterns. However, if you celebrate Halloween, October is a great time for crocheting the patterns in the book. That’s because this pattern collection is all Halloween friendly.

Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press

Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press


For example, let’s take the critters on the Beastly Crochet book cover (pictured.) If you look closely at their mouths, you’ll see these little monsters are stuffed with candy. They’re the perfect storage units for all the Halloween candy your little trick-or-treaters or party-goers might collect on Halloween night. Cute, aren’t they? You can crochet and felt them using the pattern and instructions given in this book.

If you want to make Halloween costumes for yourself or a child you know, this book has patterns you could use. There’s a super cute pattern for Sasquatch Slippers and Mittens, which I think might also work as bear claws. So you could dress up as a sasquatch or a bear if you make these. There’s also a vampire hat which could be the basis for an interesting Halloween costume.


The sweet skull hairpins are totally Halloween friendly. If those aren’t quite what you had in mind, you can check out bunches more knit and crochet skull patterns on our website. The link takes you to a list that’s mostly free patterns aside from the ones included in this book. The book also includes a sugar skull bag pattern, which I think is a little creepy — but I guess that’s the idea, right?


One of the fantastic things about this book is that the patterns are great for Halloween, but you can also use them at other times too. That translates to a great value for the time and money you spend on both the book and the projects. A big thumbs up to that!

Overall I really enjoyed this book, which tells you a lot since I am not someone who ordinarily enjoys crocheting skulls or creepy projects.

If you want more details about the book and its contents, I invite you to click here for my detailed book review.

See Also:

Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Book GIVEAWAY and Blog Tour

Updated 7-21-2015: — We have a couple of giveaway winners!

Maria commented,

I love the apron top of the volumen 2 and the boleros of volume 1. Both to crochet for mg niece. But in general I loved your designs!!

Maria, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the spring patterns!

Sara commented,

The headband and lace edgings are really cute! I like the pink lace top for girls, too.

Sara, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the summer patterns!

Maria and Sara, please be sure to check your email ASAP (including your spam folder, just in case.) I’m hoping to hear back from you before 7-23-2015 at midnight, Eastern time, to confirm your contact information and other details. After I hear back from you, I will forward your info to the book’s publicist so she can connect you with your copy of the book you won.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Please know that I really appreciate your interest, and I also really appreciate the great response from all of you. Your presence here in this community means a lot to me and Mike!

Welcome to KnittingandCrochet.net, the First Stop on Alla Koval's Blog Tour for the Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Books

Hello everyone! Today is July 13, 2015 and you’ve arrived at the first stop on the blog tour for two of Alla Koval’s latest crochet pattern books. These books are the first two publications in a series called “Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12.”

Do you enjoy any of the following?

  • Crocheting lovely baby blankets or coverlets
  • Crocheting gorgeous, feminine lace projects
  • Crocheting clothing or accessories for girls aged 2-12
  • Crocheting projects for warm-weather using spring or summer crochet patterns

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, I think you’re going to want to get in on this giveaway — and you’ll probably also want to take a closer look at these two new crochet pattern collections that offer you the opportunity to enjoy all of the above options.


Volume 1 of the Imagical Seasons collection is devoted to spring crochet patterns, and Volume 2 is devoted to summer crochet patterns. These books are delightful compilations of lovely, lacy projects including baby blankets, girls’ accessories, girls’ clothing, and components like lace edgings and motifs.

These books include helpful, detailed instructions including symbol crochet charts, schematics and written instructions. So whichever type of instructions you prefer, you’re covered.


Want more info about these books? Please be sure to take a look at my detailed book reviews and the product detail pages at Amazon.com:

What We’re Giving Away:

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 1, Spring; and another lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 2, Summer, compliments of the publisher and Alla Koval. The giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law. Winners in the USA and Canada can choose between a paperback copy of the book or a digital copy. Winners outside the USA will receive digital downloads. Winners are responsible for paying any taxes or duties that may be imposed in their country or area.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.

Want to win one of these books? Here’s how to get your entries in the drawings:

  • Take a look at my reviews and the Amazon product pages, linked above.
  • Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in each book you’d be most excited to make!
  • To get up to two extra entries in the giveaway, you can post a link to my book reviews of the Imagical Seasons crochet books in your crochet blog, craft blog or personal blog — then leave an additional comment on this post letting me know where to find your links.

  • Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
  • Post your comment any time before July 19, 2015 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winners by email shortly thereafter — and I’ll try my best to announce the winners on the blog sometime the week of July 20th. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I am pregnant, and it’s close to the time of my baby’s due date. If my little one decides to make an unexpected early appearance, there will be a delay in making the announcement. Thanks so much for your understanding.

More Highlights From the Blog Tour:

  • Click here to check out some insights crochet designer Alla Koval has shared about this brand new series of crochet pattern books — plus bunches of other interesting tips and tidbits that any crochet enthusiast will find helpful. Alla discusses a variety of topics, including tips for new crocheters, insights about what it’s like to write a book, and the scoop on some of her absolute favorite crochet resources. You won’t want to miss this!


  • SPECIAL DEAL for Blog Tour Participants! — Buy the print edition for $24.95 and receive the digital download for free (retail value $19.95). To take advantage of this deal, use promo code IMAGICAL.
  • Best wishes to all of you with your giveaway entries! Can’t wait to see who the winners will be — and best of all, I cannot wait to see the fabulous projects y’all will be crocheting once you get your hands on these beautiful patterns.


    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO,

    Amy Solovay

    Photo Credits: Book cover photos are courtesy of Alla Koval/IMagicalSeasons.com


    Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a review copy of these books. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the books on this page and in my review. There is no financial relationship, or for that matter any relationship, between me and the publisher, or between me and the author. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

Sneak Peek at a New Crochet Lace Pattern Collection for Girls

Do you enjoy crocheting for a girl aged between 2 and 12 years old — perhaps a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece or friend? Or perhaps your charity crochet efforts involve making beautiful things for girls in this age group.

I’m thinking those of you do enjoy crocheting for young ladies will be super excited to preview this sneak peek of a new crochet lace pattern collection for girls. These are all summer-friendly patterns that are ideal for both working on and wearing in the warm weather months. They’re beautiful, feminine designs that will appeal to little girls.

A Floral Crochet Lace Top Pattern for Girls From the Imagical Seasons Volume 2 Pattern Book for Summer

A Floral Crochet Lace Top Pattern for Girls From the Imagical Seasons Volume 2 Pattern Book for Summer

These finished projects would make fantastic gifts. It’s notoriously challenging to find suitable summer crochet patterns to use for making birthday gifts. If your beloved girl was born in the summer months, this collection is definitely worth taking a look at, because it offers many lovely gift-worthy project ideas.

These projects would also be useful Christmas gifts for those in warm climates. I’m thinking Californians and Floridians are going to get lots of mileage out of this book, because many of the designs would be useful year-round in warm-weather regions.

This book also includes a couple of gorgeous blanket patterns. Are you in need of a summertime baby shower gift, a summer coverlet for a girl’s bed, or a fabulous project for a Project Linus donation? If so, I think you’re likely to want to get your hands on a copy of this book.

Summer Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern from the Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Book, Volume 2, Summer

Summer Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern from the Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Book, Volume 2, Summer

I have exciting news for you: Coming up soon, you’re going to have 10 different opportunities to WIN a FREE copy of this book for yourself. You also have the opportunity to buy the book, if you’d rather not wait around to get your hands on a copy of it.
A digital copy of the book is available for instant download through Amazon.com,
or you can order a paperback copy to be shipped to you.

Want to “meet” the book’s author, Alla Koval, and find out some of the interesting insights she has shared about this book, her book-writing process and her favorite crochet resources? If so, I invite you to check out this designer interview with Alla Koval. I found it interesting to learn about her take on what it’s like to write a book, the latest trends that are influencing her design work, and her other favorite crafts and hobbies.

If you want to try to win a copy of the book for yourself, I suggest visiting here again tomorrow morning, July 13, 2015 for the first giveaway! We’re celebrating the release of this gorgeous pattern collection with a virtual book tour. You’ll be able to visit 10 different blogs to find out more about the book and how other crocheters like it. My fellow crochet bloggers and I be sharing the full scoop, including the following:

  • Bunches more project photos
  • A special offer you can take advantage of
  • Interviews with the author; you’ll find insights about some of her favorite crochet stitches and resources; her take on the latest developing crochet trends; helpful hints any crochet enthusiast can use; plus insights into her process for learning how to crochet, writing a book, pattern design, and more.
  • Book reviews with more details about the projects, and about what these patterns are like to work on
  • Not to mention, of course, the part I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to the most: the book giveaways!

You won’t want to miss this…


I’ll be your hostess at the first stop on the blog tour, and I’m kicking it off right here tomorrow morning at 8 am, Eastern time, if all goes according to plan.

Best wishes to all of you with your giveaway entries! Can’t wait to see who the winners will be — and best of all, I cannot wait to see the fabulous projects y’all will be crocheting once you get your hands on these beautiful patterns.


XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO,

Amy Solovay

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of Alla Koval/IMagicalSeasons.com, and used with permission.


Disclosure: The publisher provided a complimentary review copy of this book. This is not a compensated review, and there is no financial or other relationship between me and the book publisher, or me and the author. I’ve done my best to post an unbiased review offering my honest opinions about the book and its pros and cons. The links included in this post and in my book reviews are affiliate links.

Crochet Pattern Book Giveaway — Win a Copy of Tunisian Crochet for Baby This Blog Post Includes Affiliate Links.

We Have a Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Yvonne:


Yvonne’s comment:


Amy, first of all, I am very glad to be in touch with you again! I am newly physically disabled because of back surgery, and have always loved to crochet. This Tunisian stitch is new to me, and I cannot wait to give it a try. The item, Favorite Skirt, is very pretty and I would love to give it a try. The Thumbless Mittens would be my first project because I know how little ones can scratch their faces with their fingernails! I would love to win this great project book, but if not, I will save up until I can purchase it!


Yvonne, congrats on winning the giveaway! I am glad to be back in touch with you as well! Thanks for dropping by. I am so sorry to hear about your back surgery. :( I think — hope — that you are going to LOVE Tunisian crochet. If you would like to share pictures of your baby mittens, skirt or other projects from the book, please drop me an email; I’d love to post them for everyone to admire.

This Giveaway Is Now Closed. Thanks to Everyone Who Entered!

Hello everyone! Today is October 6, 2014, and you’ve arrived at the latest stop on the blog tour for Sharon Hernes Silverman’s latest crochet pattern book called Tunisian Crochet for Baby. Welcome!


Tunisian Crochet for Baby -- A Crochet Pattern Book by Sharon Silverman

Tunisian Crochet for Baby — A Crochet Pattern Book by Sharon Silverman


Today I’m posting a fun Giveaway for this book. Read on for the details!


Tunisian Crochet for Baby is both a crochet pattern book and a technique book. The book includes 23 patterns for baby projects, all of which can be hand crocheted using interesting Tunisian crochet stitches. Unless you are really experienced with Tunisian crochet, there are probably some stitches included in this book that you haven’t learned yet.

To help you beat the learning curve, the book includes helpful step-by-step photo tutorials showing you what to do to achieve success with these projects.

Want more info about the book? Please be sure to take a look at both my detailed book review, and the Tunisian Crochet for Baby Book Preview posted at the Stackpole Books website.


One lucky winner will receive a copy of this title, compliments of Stackpole Books and Sharon Silverman. The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.

Want to win this book? Here’s how to get an entry in the drawing:

  • Take a look at the book preview, and my review.
  • Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in the book you’d be most excited to make!
  • Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our WordPress blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
  • Post your comment any time before October 13, 2014, midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winner by email shortly thereafter — and the winner will be announced on the blog sometime the week of October 13. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I live on a sailboat; where I am currently docked, the marina Internet connection is intermittent and unreliable, and sometimes I am not able to get online for hours or days at a time. Thanks for your understanding.

Important Notes: This giveaway is open to anyone who a) has a mailing address in the USA and b) is not prohibited from entering by local or state law in their area. Void where prohibited by law.


Disclosure: Stackpole Books provided me with a review copy of the book. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the book on this page and in my review. This is NOT a sponsored post; there is no financial relationship between me and Stackpole Books, or between me and the author.