Today I have a new book to share with you all called Stylish Succelents to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio. This book was just recently released by Search Press and I was excited to take a look at it and share my thoughts with you.
Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy of Stylish Succulents by Sarah Abbondio for yourself.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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As you may, or may not know, I got my start in the crochet designing word designing crochet cacti characters. The reason I started with crochet cacti was because I cannot keep plants alive, no matter how hard I try. So I crocheted my plants. Whether it was crocheted cactus or succulents, I wanted them all. So when the opportunity came up to check out this book, I was all over it.
Stylish Succulents to Crochet contains the patterns for 15 colourful cacti and other potted plants. The cover is bright and clean and really drew me in to take a better look. The pictures in the book are beautiful, although limited to only pictures of the projects. No tutorial-based photography to supplement the patterns were included with the patterns.
Patterns Included in Stylish Succulents to Crochet:
- Conophytum bilibum
- Crassula marnieriana
- Kalanchoe orgyalis
- Cotyledon Undulata
- Aloe vera
- Crassula umbellata
- Crassula tecta
- Escobaria abdita
- Haworthia limifolia
- Sanservieria cylindrica
- Xerosicyos danguyi
Do you know what any of those names mean (besides Aloe Vera)? Me neither! Thank goodness there are pictures! lol. The projects look beautiful and really get me itching to break my hooks out and to start a new crochet window plant garden.
The patterns use either fingering weight or DK weight cotton yarn and a 2.5mm or 3mm crochet hook. Patterns for five (5) different soil sizes are included and there is a note indicating that these are designed to fit a noted range of sized flowerpots generally available at craft shops and garden stores. No gauge information is provided for the patterns so it’s hard to make sure that your succulents will match the sizes given. So, I’d recommend holding off on buying your pots until after you have crocheted your succulent with this book to make sure you get something that fits to avoid disappointment. The only yarn information incuded in Stylish Succulents to Crochet is that the designer used balls of cotton yarn with between 174 – 185 yards per ball. Again, with no gauge information included, it’s hard to know if you’ll have enough yarn, so make sure you’ve got extra on hand. No brand or exact colour information is included.
The patterns in Stylish Succulents to Crochet are written in the UK terminology but a conversion chart is included in the beginning of the book to assist you should you not be familiar with these conversions already. The reference section at the beginning of the book walks you through the basic stitches used in the book but not much else. There were no extra tips or instructions on amigurumi assembly or finishing techniques were included. This would have been a really nice touch and made this book more accessible for crocheters new to amigurumi. As is, I’d say this book would be best suited for crocheters already familiar with amigurumi and how to assemble them, how to do the ultimate finish, etc.
This book, like this author’s other title I’ve reviewed, Mini Amigurumi Animals, is all about brevity and getting to the point. It’s what I would imagine is the crochet equivalent to minimalism. You get the stitches you need to create the project but without any of the supporting tools to help you find the most success possible. No difficulty rating is provided in the book, that I could find, but I’d recommend this book only to people that have amigurumi experience and are intermediate level crocheters at a minimum. If you have experience crocheting and assembling other similar succulent patterns, even better because it will help make understanding the assembly process of these succulents easier for you.
If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:
- Crochet Foundry Magazine Review
- Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern Review
- Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Review
- Lovable Amigurumi Toys by Mari-Liis Lille Review
- Crochet Iconic Women Book Review
- You can find all my crochet book reviews HERE.
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