If youâ€™re waiting for snow to fall with a yarn gauge in hand and a nervous looking sheep nearby, this book is decidedly for you. Mary Beth Temple has an array of patterns from the easy-ish to the more challenging by which you can hook your heart out, while pulling together crocheted pieces that go all the way up to 6x. The already experienced crochet queens will likely skip ahead as fast as possible to the patterns: from skirts to bags to tunics to capes, theyâ€™ll have plenty to choose from. For beginners and those knew at crocheting for larger sizes, Temple goes over some very important basics including the possibly tedious but very necessary way of determining whether that yarn you bought is indeed wash and wear, or if youâ€™ll end up inadvertently melting the whole thing in the dryer. My only real complaint is that she puts the helpful guide that cracks the code of crochet patterns in the back of the book, instead of at the front. I was so worried no translation was forthcoming I spent some time searching for translation charts online, to find that very few online crochet charts actually give you all the commonly used abbreviations.
Personally I only started learning crochet last winter, and I hope to put this in front of my crochet mentor and see if she can keep a straight face when I propose I make a crocheted tank top. While this may end with me tangled to my apartment doorknob, other more expert types will find plenty to work with between the pages.
So, hook on hookers â€“ this oneâ€™s definitely for you. What are you crocheting right now?