21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics Book by Sandi Rosner Stylish Tank Tops and Tunics to Crochet

21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics Book by Sandi Rosner
21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics Book by Sandi Rosner. Photo Courtesy of Stackpole Books; We’ve Used It With Their Permission.

Sandi Rosner’s lovely book called 21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics gets my vote as one of the most stylish crochet pattern book releases from the last few years. While there have been bunches of truly outstanding pattern books published in the last decade, this one stands out as having a significant number of flattering, wearable designs that were graded in a wide range of sizes. If you wear a size extra-small, 2XL or any size in between, you’ll find projects worth making in this book.


This book is useful in all seasons of the year. In spring and summer time, these tops make great standalone items to pair with shorts, jeans, skirts and khakis. In fall and winter, these tops make excellent layering pieces to wear underneath cardigans, blazers and jackets. Some of them would be suitable to wear to work, and most work well for casual wear, too. They’re all versatile pieces that you’re likely to get a LOT of use out of.

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No Need to Sew If You Join As You Go

Here’s a fun limerick I wrote awhile back in celebration of joining crochet motifs as you go:


Piles of projects have ends that are loose.

Their numbers, I’d like to reduce.

So I’ve learned to join as I go.

Although it is slow,

There’s no longer any excuse.

Once you learn how to do join-as-you-go crochet motifs, you’ll love how you won’t have to weave in zillions of loose ends when you’ve finished your projects. It’s definitely a technique worth learning.

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Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway

Update: Our original giveaway winner did not respond to my email, so we selected a new winner:


Shelly said, “love the necklace pattern
thanks so much
Shelly”


Congrats, Shelly! I will be reaching out to you shortly by email.

I wrote out all the entrants’ names and comment numbers on slips of paper, then I let my 3-year-old draw one name out of the basket. Shelly’s name was the one she drew — so check your email, Shelly, and get ready to receive a brand new copy of Delicate Crochet. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


THANKS so much to everyone who participated in our giveaway!


Hello everyone! Today is November 2, 2018; and I’m among the crowd of people who are counting the days until the release of Sharon Hernes Silverman’s latest crochet pattern book called Delicate Crochet. We’re expecting to have copies of the book in our hands soon — just in time for the Christmas gift-giving season!


In the meanwhile, how about a fun giveaway?


Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway! Delicate Crochet is a brand new pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Win a Copy of Delicate Crochet in Our Pattern Book Giveaway! Delicate Crochet is a brand new pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books

I invite you to check out some information about this book to see if the crochet patterns included would be ones you’d enjoy. Imagine how the yarns would feel in your hands as you’re crocheting with them…and imagine how these projects would work into your wardrobe — or your gift recipients’ wardrobes, if you crochet for loved ones.


If you decide the book is one that would be useful to you, I hope you’ll participate in the giveaway — and perhaps even consider buying copies of the book for yourself and any of your friends who crochet. Read on for more info about the book, and more giveaway details!

Delicate Crochet includes 23 patterns for wearable women’s projects, all of which can be hand crocheted using delicate, lovely yarns. The book includes helpful step-by-step technique photos and tutorials showing you what to do to achieve success with these projects.


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.


Important Disclosure: I contributed 2 patterns to this book, and Stackpole Books is planning to provide me with a couple of contributor copies of the book. So, if you view my preview of Delicate Crochet, please do keep in mind that it is NOT an unbiased review (which is what you normally get when you read my crochet book reviews.) Instead, think of it as a PREVIEW of the book being shared by a proud and excited contributor.

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

  • Scroll down and take a look at the photos of the projects.
  • Leave a comment telling us which project(s) in the book you’d be most excited to make! (To my regular readers — You can be totally honest in your answers. Please do not feel obligated to choose one of my projects; my feelings will not be hurt in the least if you choose one of the others. In fact, I’m pretty excited about making a bunch of the projects designed by the other contributors — so I will definitely share your enthusiasm for whichever of these projects you choose.)
  • 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 win, please be sure to respond to the email notification within 48 hours — otherwise a new winner will be chosen. 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 Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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 December 2.

Important Notes: This giveaway is open to anyone in the world who is not prohibited from entering by local, state or national law in their area. Void where prohibited by law.

Delicate Crochet: 23 Light and Pretty Designs for Shawls, Tops and More by Sharon Hernes Silverman, Published by Stackpole Books

What You Need to Know About This Crochet Pattern Book:

Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books


Copyright Date: December, 2018


ISBN 13: 978-0811719889


ISBN 10: 081171988X


Book Format: Softcover / Trade Paperback


Number of Pages: 176

This Book’s Main Focus:

The phrase in the title, “Delicate Crochet”, gives you a hint at this book’s contents. The projects in this book are all delicate, wearable wardrobe pieces for ladies: sweaters, tops, shawls, wraps, scarves, accessories and even a skirt. You’ll find that numerous lacy, feminine details are included. Check out the pictures below to get a better understanding of the crochet patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet.

Crochet Projects Included in This Book:

I counted a total of…

  • 8 crochet patterns for shawls, wraps and ponchos
  • 8 Crochet patterns for tops, sweaters and cardigans
  • 4 Crochet cowl and scarf patterns
  • 1 Crochet skirt pattern
  • 1 Crochet necklace pattern
  • 1 Crochet pattern for fingerless gloves

That’s a total of 23 GORGEOUS projects featured in Delicate Crochet — enough pretty new clothes and accessories to completely revamp your wardrobe.

Read on to see pictures of all these projects. I’ll start by sharing the two projects I contributed to Delicate Crochet:

Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace Pattern

Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace by Amy Solovay for Delicate Crochet, Published by Stackpole Books
Elegant Trios Bead Crochet Necklace by Amy Solovay for Delicate Crochet, Published by Stackpole Books

My Mama always told me never to buy junk jewelry.


“It’s a waste of money”, she says.


And it’s true that you can waste a lot of money on pieces that will break the first time you wear them, or turn your skin green.


Fine jewelry — jewelry made using precious metals or precious stones — usually costs more; but it also tends to retain its value in the long term.


As I was designing my project contributions for Delicate Crochet, I knew I wanted to submit a necklace as one of my two project contributions. But, I had a hard time choosing the materials I’d use for the necklace. I wanted the project to be so fabulously special, so remarkable and so unique that it would become a go-to piece in the wardrobe of any crocheter who decided to make it. And I wanted the piece I came up with to have lasting value — to be worth the time and effort


At the time I designed this necklace, the only retail store I had within easy visiting distance was a Walmart. So off to Walmart I went to check out the beads. Somehow, as I looked at the selection of beads Walmart offered in their craft section, none of them seemed quite special enough for the necklace I wanted to create.


In fact, they mostly seemed like the junk my mom warned me not to waste money on — lots of plastic beads, and the few glass beads that were available weren’t consistent in size.


I thought to myself, “The buyers of this book deserve better.”


So I left Walmart empty-handed and turned to the internet to find better beads.


I looked at hundreds (or maybe even thousands?) of different bead assortments before it occurred to me that I should search for gold or silver beads. And after I had that inspiration, it didn’t take long at all to find the beads I knew I wanted to use for this necklace:


14-Karat Gold-Plated Beads and Toggle for Jewelry Making
14-Karat Gold-Plated Beads and Toggle for Jewelry Making

They’re delicate, sophisticated, 14-Karat gold-plated beads that add visual interest to the necklace without being gaudy or overwhelming.


Perfect! Just the effect I was hoping for.


The beads, combined with the truly stunning, soft, luxurious yet practical cotton yarn = the ideal combination for a necklace that’s comfortable, beautiful and valuable. It’s a project that I’m proud to offer you — one of the nicest creations I have ever designed.


I hope you’ll consider making one or more of these necklaces so you can experience the dreamy softness of the suggested yarn, Bio Sesia by Plymouth Yarns. It’s a gorgeous organic cotton yarn that I’ve simply fallen in love with. I’ve made more than a dozen variations on this necklace, using up just about every scrap piece of yarn I had in the right general weight range — but so far, my favorite is the project sample I made for the book using the Bio Sesia cotton and the Gold Elegance 14 karat gold plated beads.


I hope you’ll agree that the necklace is worthy of your crafting time. But, if the beads happen to be beyond your crafting budget, or not to your taste, don’t hesitate to try substitutes. I’ve tried crocheting this necklace with bunches of different types of beads, including glass seed beads and others. I’ve found that the pattern lends itself extremely well to being made with beads other than just the gold-plated round ones.

Another selling point: As far as crochet projects go, this is a fast one. If you need to crank out a whole bunch of gifts quickly, this pattern is definitely worth considering. I’m obviously biased, because this is a pattern I designed — but I think this project is definitely worth the small investment you need to make in time, yarn and beads.

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Ruffled crochet fingerless gloves designed by Amy Solovay. The pattern for these fingerless gloves is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.
Ruffled crochet fingerless gloves designed by Amy Solovay. The pattern for these fingerless gloves is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.

I’ve designed bunches of different patterns for fingerless gloves, but this pair is one of the prettiest I’ve yet managed to come up with. They look fancy, but you’d be surprised at how easy they are to crochet.


The colorful speckled yarn is part of the reason these fingerless gloves turned out so special. Even if you use a really simple stitch pattern, like the ultra-simple crochet mesh stitch I’ve used to create the hands on the gloves, the yarn makes it look exquisite. Yet this yarn is surprisingly affordable, especially considering it’s handpainted.


The suggested yarn for this pattern is Hawthorne Speckle, a wool blend yarn which is available for sale at Knitpicks.


The easy mesh stitch is paired with a lacy ruffle, which helps to keep the crochet work interesting. It also adds an elegant touch to the finished project. The pattern has a crochet skill level rating of easy.


Don’t you think pairs of these fingerless gloves would make fabulous gifts for your female friends and relatives? If you’re inclined to make your own gifts, I think this pattern is one you’ll definitely want to consider using for that purpose.

Crochet Sweater, Top and Garment Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater Pattern

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Iced Silver Fox Crochet Sweater designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Low-Back Crochet Lace Top Pattern

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Low-Back crochet lace top designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this gorgeous top is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Low-Back crochet lace top designed by Kristin Omdahl. The crochet pattern for this gorgeous top is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Muriel Lace Cardigan Pattern

Designed by Robyn Chachula

Muriel crochet lace cardigan pattern designed by Robyn Chachula. The crochet pattern for this lovely sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Muriel crochet lace cardigan pattern designed by Robyn Chachula. The crochet pattern for this lovely sweater is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Palmy Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Rhonda Davis


Palmy crochet cardigan sweater pattern by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Palmy crochet cardigan sweater pattern by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Ziggy Vest

Designed by Vashti Braha

Ziggy crochet vest pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Ziggy crochet vest pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Marty Miller

Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Lacy Sleeveless Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern

Designed by Marty Miller

Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Filet Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern Designed by Marty Miller for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

Designed by Karen McKenna

Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Karen McKenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Flirt Short-Sleeved Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern Designed by Karen McKenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Crochet Shawl, Wrap and Poncho Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman


Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern  designed by Sharon Silvernman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Berrywine Crochet Wrap Pattern
designed by Sharon Silvernman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Blox Crochet Shawl Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman


Blox crochet shawl pattern by Sharon Silverman. If you want to crochet a shawl like this one, you'll find the pattern for it available in  Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Blox crochet shawl pattern by Sharon Silverman. If you want to crochet a shawl like this one, you’ll find the pattern for it available in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Damask Rose Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Katya Novikova

Damask rose crochet lace wrap pattern by Katya Novikova. The crochet pattern for this wrap is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Damask rose crochet lace wrap pattern by Katya Novikova. The crochet pattern for this wrap is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Gentle Whisper Shawl

Designed by Judith Butterworth

Gentle Whisper crochet lace shawl pattern by Judith Butterworth. The crochet pattern for this shawl is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.
Gentle Whisper crochet lace shawl pattern by Judith Butterworth. The crochet pattern for this shawl is included in Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books.

Lotus Wrap Crochet Pattern

Designed by Katya Novikova

Lotus wrap crochet pattern by Katya Novikova for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Lotus wrap crochet pattern by Katya Novikova for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Peacock Lace Shawl

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Peacock Lace Shawl by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Peacock Lace Shawl by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Sea and Shells Crochet Poncho Pattern

Designed by Karen McKenna

Sea and shells poncho pattern by Karen Mckenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Sea and shells poncho pattern by Karen Mckenna for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern

Designed by Vashti Braha

Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Yveline Crochet Wrap Pattern by Vashti Braha for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Crochet Scarf and Cowl Patterns Featured in Delicate Crochet

New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern

Designed by Rhonda Davis

New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern Designed by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
New Wave Crochet Cowl Pattern Designed by Rhonda Davis for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Judith Butterworth

Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Judith Butterworth for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Diamond Dreams Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Judith Butterworth for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Optical Illusion Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designed by Sharon Silverman

Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Hourglass Crochet Scarf Pattern Designed by Sharon Silverman for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

The Crochet Skirt Pattern Featured in Delicate Crochet

Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern

Designed by Vicky Chan

Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern Designed by Vicky Chan for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books
Cyndi Floral Lace Crochet Skirt Pattern Designed by Vicky Chan for Delicate Crochet, published by Stackpole Books

So there you have it: The 23 outstanding crochet patterns you’ll find in Delicate Crochet. Which one(s) do you most want to make? Leave us a comment for a chance to win a copy of Delicate Crochet — then keep an eye on your email in box in case you’re the lucky winner of our giveaway!

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Tea Time Is Always Nicer With Crocheted Potholders

I enjoy savoring a cup of organic herbal tea and a sweet treat with my family — perhaps some fruit, a bowl of yogurt or a freshly baked treat. What I don’t love: burning my fingers on a hot teapot or teacup. Between all the cooking and baking we do and our newly instituted afternoon tea time tradition, the potholders I crochet get bunches of use around our place.

Tea time is always nicer with crocheted potholders. A potholder will help you avoid burning your fingers on a hot teapot or tea cup during afternoon tea. Not only that, the potholder can add a pretty touch to your tea table setting. Want to crochet your own potholders for tea time or any time? Read on for fantastic crochet potholder pattern suggestions.
Tea time is always nicer with crocheted potholders. A potholder will help you avoid burning your fingers on a hot teapot or tea cup during afternoon tea. Not only that, the potholder can add a pretty touch to your tea table setting. Want to crochet your own potholders for tea time or any time? Read on for fantastic crochet potholder pattern suggestions.

We recently moved several times, and we couldn’t take everything (truthfully, we couldn’t take much of anything) with us. Our old potholders were left behind when we made the transition — so I’ve been crocheting new ones. I’m super proud of how they’re turning out. If you’d enjoy crocheting some of your own lovely new potholders for tea time, dinnertime or any time, I think you’ll be excited to get your hands on the patterns I’ve been using. Want to take a peek at a couple of my new favorites?

The Sunny Daisy Crochet Potholder

Sunny Daisy  Crochet Potholder: This potholder is made using two octagon motif patterns from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. The potholder is finished with a simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.
Sunny Daisy Crochet Potholder: This potholder is made using two octagon motif patterns from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. The potholder is finished with a simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

To create the golden daisy-themed crochet potholder you see pictured here, I used two different octagon motifs from Sandra Eng’s amazing new book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, published by Interweave:


Motif #98 — motif #98 is an 8-pointed star motif with a crochet flower in the center. If you choose a golden-yellow yarn for the center of the flower and a white yarn for the flower petals, the way I did here, the flower resembles a daisy. Of course, you could customize your potholders by choosing any yarn colors that match your tea set, your dinnerware, your bakeware, your kitchen or your dining room décor. I used Cascade 220 wool yarns to crochet this potholder.


As far as crochet flower patterns go, this daisy is a really easy one; it isn’t complicated at all. There are lots of other ways you could use it besides just making potholders. You could incorporate the same design into a crochet daisy blanket, a doily or lots of other sorts of projects.

Motif #97 From Crochet Kaleidoscope Is an Octagon Shape Featuring a Sun Shape or Star Shape. This motif was designed by Sandra Eng. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.
Motif #97 From Crochet Kaleidoscope Is an Octagon Crochet Shape Featuring a Sun Shape or Star Shape. This motif was designed by Sandra Eng. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

Motif #97 — motif #97 is an octagon shape with another polygonal shape in the center. This polygon could be interpreted as a sun or a star. I’m choosing to think of it as a sun for this particular design.


After crocheting these two motifs, I whip stitched them together to create a double-thick potholder that’s extra protective (no more burnt fingers!). Then I added a simple shell stitch edging around the outside, placing 2 shells comprised of 5 double crochet stitches on each of the potholder’s 8 sides (these are alternated with slip stitches). In the same round, I also added a hanging loop comprised of 15 chain stitches.


The finishing touch is a round of surface crochet slip stitches worked in white yarn in the spot where the white ground of the potholder touches the golden yellow edging. It’s interesting to me that this looks quite a bit like a round potholder or crochet mandala after adding the edging — although you can tell it’s an octagon shape if you look carefully (especially at the back).


If you do all your stitching carefully, the potholder turns out totally reversible — with a daisy or other flower on the front and a sun or star on the back.


I’m working on trying bunches of other variations on this design using other colors and perhaps (we’ll see) other edgings and other details. I’ll be excited to share information about how they turn out.

Vintage Potholder From Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen

Crochet Loom Blooms is one of my new favorite craft books. The patterns in the book are simply beautiful! One of the patterns is called “Vintage Potholder”. I crocheted a modification of this design, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. Take a look!


Vintage Potholder from the Book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave. This Colorway of the Potholder Was Crocheted and Photographed by Amy Solovay. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Note That It Is Much Thicker Than the Yarn Suggested in the Pattern, Resulting in a LARGER Potholder That Is More Like a Hot Pad!)
Vintage Potholder from the Book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave. This Colorway of the Potholder Was Crocheted and Photographed by Amy Solovay. Yarn: Cascade 220 (Note That It Is Much Thicker Than the Yarn Suggested in the Pattern, Resulting in a LARGER Potholder That Is More Like a Hot Pad!)

Isn’t it gorgeous? I LOVE IT!


The Crochet Loom Blooms book is simply amazing. It’s filled with patterns and instructions for making lovely flowers using a flower loom and then finishing them with crochet work. The technique works well for making potholders, blankets, throws, shawls, wraps, doilies and bunches of other projects. This flower loom technique is a fun and interesting way to mix things up a little and keep your crochet from getting repetitive or boring. If you want to learn a new craft without introducing a huge learning curve, this is definitely the way to go; I found the flower loom technique to be intuitive and easy to understand — especially since the author of the book, Haafner Linssen, has provided such clear and helpful instructions for the technique.

See Also: An interview with Haafner Linsssen, where she answers your frequently asked questions about the flower loom crochet technique and more.

Find More Knit and Crochet Potholder Patterns

Don’t worry if fancy floral potholders aren’t your thing; there are zillions of other crochet potholder patterns available in a dazzling variety of different design styles. If you want basic potholders, textured potholders, striped potholders, snowflake potholders, Christmas potholders or just about any other type of potholders imaginable, you’ll find excellent pattern suggestions on our page of knit and crochet potholder patterns. Many, but not all, of the patterns we’ve suggested on that page are free patterns.

Find More Flower Loom Crochet Resources

If the flower loom crochet technique interests you, we invite you to check out our page on the topic. You’ll find information about some of the flower looms and pattern books that are currently available.

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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

Girls Summer Crochet Lace Patterns
Girls Summer Crochet Lace Patterns by Alla Koval
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.

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