I have in my possession a review copy of Crochet Love by Jenny Doh.
The subtitle of this book is 27 Sweet & Simple Zakka-Inspired Projects, so my first thought was that I needed to Google “zakka.” But then I opened the book to the intro page and read the first paragraph:
Zakka is a Japanese term for a design sensibility that is cute yet sophisticated, playful yet profound, contemporary yet nostalgic. Zakka’s multifaceted definition elevates the ordinary and mundane to imaginative levels that make people smile.
Okay! After looking through this book I came to the conclusion that the projects contained within are indeed zakka-inspired. So many cute and clever things!
The first one that caught my eye was this:
A project called “Birthday Cake Bunting.” Seriously, it doesn’t get much cuter than that. And it looks like something that even the crochet-impaired (meaning me) could make. Each project has detailed step-by-step instructions, with nice clear photos:
While a birthday cake bunting is completely adorable, it’s not what you would call functional. The book has useful functional projects as well, like this camera strap with attached lens pouch:
Again, so cute, and the instructions for making it are detailed and accompanied by how-to photos.
In addition to the how-tos that accompany each pattern, there is a very extensive “basics” section that shows you how to create the different crochet stitches, and has info on materials, tools, abbreviations, etc.
The 27 projects include embellishments you can add to ready-made clothing, small gift items like paperweights, coasters, mobiles, jewelry, a purse, a belt, and more. The projects all look pretty easy to work.
And most if not all of the projects in this book would make great quick holiday gifts!
Are you a crocheter? Would you like my review copy?
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I’m not sure this looks too different from the last photo I posted on Sunday, but I am making progress.
I do manage at least 4 rows a night. Not much, but the rows are still very long! It is a little over one-third the total length but I estimate that I am close to halfway done since the rows get shorter.
There have been some questions asked about whether I’ll write up the pattern for sale. The answer is yes, as long as the final product is not a disaster!