Crochet designer Alla Koval has been working on writing a brand new series of crochet pattern books called Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2 – 12. I invite you to dive in and take a look at the first book in the series, which is a spring crochet pattern collection for girls. I’ve posted bunches of pictures and info below for your consideration.
This pattern collection includes several different types of crochet projects:
- Some gorgeous, springy, lacy girls’ clothing patterns
- Lovely springtime accessory patterns for girls
- Crochet baby blanket patterns; these could arguably be unisex designs. In Alla’s opinion, they would work well for boys, too, if re-colored into boy-friendly colorways. However, they are really lacy, froo-froo designs, so some crocheters may find the patterns too “girly” to use for making boys’ blankets.
Girls’ Crochet Clothing Patterns:
Crochet Patterns for Girls’ Accessories:
Lemon Meringue Shawl and Cuffs:
Alla presents two different versions of this neck warmer style scarf for springtime wear. I imagine this design would also be lovely for wearing in the fall — although for a fall scarf, perhaps you’d want to use merino wool or alpaca instead of the suggested cotton yarns.
I found this project irresistibly pretty, and so I decided to crochet one of these. I debated about whether to use some pretty variegated wool yarn I have on hand to make a fall scarf. In the end, I decided that the spring version will be more useful in my area. So I settled on using a cotton-linen-novelty blend. I’ve had this yarn in my stash so long that I can’t remember precisely what it is, and it has long ago been discontinued.
So far, my cowl is a work in progress.
I’m finding that I’m having to use both the written instructions and the symbol crochet charts, so I am glad the Imagical Seasons team included both sets of instructions in the book. I’m finding the instructions usable and workable, and so far my project is turning out well. However, I wouldn’t describe the instructions as being 100% “crystal clear.” There are some places here and there along the edges of the piece that required me to focus extra care and attention in figuring them out. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend this particular pattern to beginning crocheters. I think most intermediate and experienced crochet enthusiasts will probably do just fine with this pattern.
Right about now, I should mention that I think of myself as being an expert crocheter, but not an expert pattern-follower. Under normal circumstances, I almost always find myself with the urge to redesign some aspect of the patterns I attempt to work — which means that I rarely end up with a finished piece that looks like the project photo. So far I haven’t had that impulse with this pattern, and I’m enjoying the process of watching this piece develop as Alla designed it. I really like the design as she created it, and I haven’t found any details that are demanding improvement.
What will I end up with when I am finished crocheting? Who knows? Hopefully this time I’ll produce a Jardin cowl much like Alla’s project sample — but you never know. Stay tuned!
Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns:
Hugs of Love Blanket:
Tutti Frutti Blanket:
Crochet Edging Patterns
Airy Fairy Ruffles:
Where to Buy This Book Online:
- Imagical Seasons Crochet, Volume 1, Spring, Paperback version at Amazon.com
- Imagical Seasons Crochet, Volume 1, Spring, Digital Kindle version at Amazon.com
- 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.
Things I Like About This Book:
- In my opinion, these projects are all truly appealing designs. I’d want to make any of them. I think they’d all be worth the yarn, and the time investment. This is not a statement I’m able to make about many pattern books! Every last project in this book has something interesting or outstanding about it. There isn’t a single project in this book that I look at it and think, “who’d want to make that?” In that regard, this book is a rare gem!
- The photos, colors and styling are all gorgeous and eye-catching.
- I love how Alla has given us options and ideas for different ways to approach these projects. I find this so inspiring!
- I think this book is an amazing value for the asking price — particularly for the Kindle version, which is priced more attractively. However, even for the paperback edition, I think the asking price is a great value. It’s rare to find a pattern collection that incorporates this many quality details — a fantastic variety of gorgeous and intricate patterns, on-trend styling, symbol crochet charts, schematics and written instructions.
- I love the detailed yarn info that Alla has provided for each pattern. She gives you the actual yarns used in her project sample or samples; in some cases, you even have two different suggestions for workable yarn combinations. She also includes the general yarn weight standard in case you want to make substitutions.
- You get bunches of helpful reference info at the back of the book, which will come in handy if you need to brush up on things like which yarn weights are which, how to measure, etc.
- The Imagical Seasons team has already made updates to the books to correct some errata that came to their attention before the start of the blog tour. Yay! Seems like they’re pretty on top of things in that regard.
Things I Didn’t Like About This Book:
There really isn’t anything crucial to dislike about this book. It’s a pretty amazing collection of patterns overall, and I think it would be a worthwhile addition to most crocheters’ bookshelves. But since this is a review, and I feel obligated to give you my 100% honest opinion about it, I’ll get excessively nit-picky and reveal a couple of little things I didn’t love about this book:
No skill level ratings are included. This should totally not be a deal breaker for anyone; if you are determined to work a crochet pattern, you can do it, regardless of what any skill rating system says. However, when you decide to start a new project, I do think it’s nice to at least have an upfront idea of what you’re getting yourself into. Skill level ratings can help with that. It’s nice when they’re included, and I miss them when they aren’t.
I asked Alla’s opinion about this when I interviewed her, and she is comfortable recommending this book to crocheters of all skill levels. Here’s what she wrote:
I see my book to be useful for English readers from US or Europe and for readers with no English at all; useful for crocheters of any skill level – from beginners and to advanced designers; and finished projects to be worn by girls from 2 to 12 years old and some pattern are suitable for adults also!
Because so many of the projects in this book involve not-so-basic stitches (like post stitches) and fine yarns or threads, I’m not totally convinced these patterns are all suitable for all crocheters; I’m thinking the book is best suited for crocheters who have already successfully completed at least several projects, and are ready for expanding their skillsets. I acknowledge that a crochet beginner with patience, determination and some knitting or other yarncraft experience will likely do fine with these patterns. However, when I first learned to crochet, I was a young child. I would have been unlikely to have successfully completed these patterns at that time, at least not without lots of help from a more experienced crocheter.
So there you have two different opinions; I think both have validity, because the bottom line comes down to your confidence in your own abilities to successfully complete any particular project — and then your continued determination to complete it.
While the subtitle of the book states that it’s “for kids 2-12,” I’d have to say that a more accurate subtitle would be more like “for girls 2-12.” Depending on your point of view, there’s either nothing, or very little, for boys included in this book. Some would say that the baby blankets in this book are suitable for boys, and others might disagree. I’ve posted photos of the blanket patterns above, so you can decide for yourself whether you think they are boy-friendly or not.
Just to be clear, I think it’s perfectly lovely to have a collection of patterns intended for girls! There’s nothing at all wrong with that. My main concern here is that you have clear expectations before making a purchase. I’d enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend this book to any of you who have daughters, granddaughters, little sisters, and nieces to crochet for. But if you’re only crocheting for sons, grandsons, brothers, and nephews, this book is probably not the best choice; you’d be better served by a pattern book offering a wider selection of designs for boys.
This Books’ Details at a Glance:
Book Title: Imagical Seasons: Spring, Vol. 01; Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12
Author: Alla Koval
Copyright Date: 2015
Format: Paperback, digital PDF, and digital Kindle editions of this book are available.
Number of Pages: Amazon lists the paperback version as having 104 pages. My most updated copy of the PDF digital version is 106 pages long including the back cover.
Cover Price: $24.95 US dollars for the paperback version. Digital versions are less expensive; check the Amazon links posted above for current pricing.
- Imagical Seasons Crochet, Volume 2, Summer, Paperback version at Amazon.com
Imagical Seasons Crochet, Volume 2, Summer, digital (Amazon Kindle) version.
- Alla Koval Discusses Crochet Books, Crochet Tips, Learning How to Crochet, Current Trends and More
- Imagical Seasons Giveaways! This Is Your Chance to Win a Free Copy of This Book, or a Free Copy of Volume 2, the Summer Patterns.
- Crochet Books — Find the Best Crochet Pattern Books, Crochet Stitch Dictionaries and More
- Crochet Lace — Find Bunches of Fabulous Tutorials and Patterns for Making Gorgeous Crochet Lace Projects