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Crochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs With Fine Yarns by Kristin Omdahl

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Crochet So Fine book by Kristin Omdahl, published by Interweave Press

Crochet So Fine book by Kristin Omdahl

Interweave Press

Book Title: Crochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs With Fine Yarns
Author: Kristin Omdahl
Publisher: Interweave Press
Copyright Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59668-198-9
Format: This book is available in both trade paperback and digital (ebook) formats.
Number of Pages: 160
Cover Price: $22.95 US dollars
Skill Level: No skill level is given. Experienced crocheters will get the most mileage out of this book, although some of the patterns are appropriate for intermediate-level crochet enthusiasts. This is not a book for beginners, although it could inspire a beginner to want to learn new skills and aspire to create these designs.

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The Premise

Many crafters seem to have the idea that crocheted garments just aren't wearable, stylish or flattering. This book attempts to challenge those unfortunate notions, and to show off crochet's potential as a medium for soft, drapey, stylish fashions.

To that end, most of the projects in this book are constructed using fine yarns or crochet thread.

The Projects:

This book includes complete instructions for 21 projects:

  • 7 shawls and wraps
  • 3 hats
  • 2 scarves
  • 1 neck warmer
  • 1 bag
  • 3 tunics, sized S through XL
  • 3 cardigans, also sized S through XL
  • 1 top, sized S through L

These designs are all lacy and feminine, featuring plenty of openwork.

Many of the designs are dressy. If you'd like to crochet something special to wear to a spring / summer party or wedding, take a look through this book; you might just find a pattern to tempt you. A few of these designs are also suitable for fall and winter; the majority aren't going to be very warm though. A few of the designs are intended to be warm, but most focus on being pretty rather than practical.

The Shawls and Wraps

  • Dragonfly Shawl: Delicate, feminine and lovely!
  • Starry Night Wrap: A romantic and beautiful one-skein project
  • Orchid Circular Shawl: Dramatic and eye-catching!
  • Sprout Chains Shawlette: Very chic and sophisticated -- This looks like one of those garments you'd spend a zillion dollars to buy at an upscale boutique.
  • Diamonds Shawl: A classic yet contemporary look
  • Spiral Waves Shawl: On one hand, this is a unique and dramatic design. On the other hand, it doesn't really work for me; it's a bit overpowering. Your mileage may vary. This pattern is available for free download through Crochetme.com, so why not check it out for yourself?
  • Shimmer Beaded Lace Cape This is a sophisticated cape with gorgeous details; the design will flatter most figures, and the design is versatile enough that it could go with many different outfits. Definite winner!

Accessories: Scarves, Hats and Bags

  • Cables and Lace Broomstick Hat: This hat is both beautiful and practical; Despite the lacy look, it's warm, and it is made using machine-washable yarn.
  • Amour Sequin Lace Scarf: Soooo pretty!
  • Skinny Flower Scarf: This is a pretty little "sweet nothing" of a scarf; it's dainty and delicate, perfect for adding a bit of flair to an otherwise blah outfit.
  • Chains Bucket Hat: A sophisticated design with mass appeal
  • Willow Bag: This is an openwork lace bag, which limits its usefulness a bit; it would work fine for transporting large items like cabbages and squash, but I'm not sure I'd want to toss my sunglasses, cell phone and lipstick in there.
  • Honeycomb Neck Warmer: I added this to my "must crochet" list. It's an amazing project -- it manages to be classic and trendy, beautiful and functional, all at once. Love it!
  • Visage Lace Beret: This is another one of those designs you'd see available for sale in an upscale boutique, with a high price tag attached. The recommended yarn for crocheting this also comes with a high price tag, but at least this is a one-skein project.

Tunics:

  • Tranquil Hairpin Lace Tunic: While this project is actually crocheted with worsted weight yarn, it manages to look as dainty as all the other projects in the book which use finer yarns. This tunic looks as airy as a summer breeze. I'm not sure how practical it is, but it sure is pretty!
  • Cascade Pullover Tunic: I love the shape of this tunic, but I think the details are a little odd. The sleeve edging reminds me a bit of a bird cage, and the details at the neck look clownish.
  • River Tunic: Depending on how you look at it, this tunic is either a delightful little slice of hippie-chic, or a horribly dated disaster.

Tops and Cardigans

  • Pearl's Cardigan: You have to use your imagination when you look at this sweater. At first glance, it seems as if it's missing something. It's pictured without a belt, which is OK -- without the belt, it's easy to see the details in case you want to crochet the design. Yet, Kristin envisions this design being worn with a scarf threaded through the belt loops, which would dress it up and give it definition at the waist. I do wish they'd included at least one photo of this sweater worn with a scarf or belt; It's hard to tell, but I'm thinking that would improve the look a great deal.
  • Serene Box Pleat Top: This is a chic and lovely design with a lot of appeal.
  • Petals Wrap Cardigan: This lovely design, pictured on the front cover, is my favorite project in the book. The crochet work is stunning, and I think the gently-draped shape would be flattering to most figures.
  • Enigma Hooded Cardigan: If you cross a granny square with a sweater, this is the result; it's a pretty design with intriguing details. I'm not crazy about the way the shoulders and hood are shaped, but I love everything else about this design.

Crochet So Fine -- Pros:

  • This book features both stitch diagrams and written instructions for each design. Schematics are also included for some of the patterns.
  • The book features plenty of gorgeous color photographs, giving you a close look at the details of each and every project. Interweave Press did not skimp on the photography.
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