I’m back this week with another book review. This week, I have the opportunity to review the Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Emma Guess. The fun thing about this book review is that I am a beginner when it comes to Tunisian Crochet so we’re going to get to see if a beginner can pick up a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and make something. 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 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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So I’ve been dying to try tunisian crochet and I’ve done some swatches and to be honest, not all of them have been successful. Half of them I’ve ended up abadoning prior to finishing them. When the opportunity came up to check out this book, I decided it was time to give tunisian crochet another try. I decided that I’d give the cute little basket pattern a try as it uses at least 3 different techniques to see if I could be successful and how quickly I could be successful.
The book starts out with a resource section that walks you through the basic techniques as well as a variety of stitches. The illustrations were very clear and I was able to pick things up really quickly. Like many beginners, I was eager to get straight to the project, so I skipped the resource section and got straight to work. I read through the pattern and flipped back to the reference section to learn the stitches as they came up in the pattern. Within 30 minutes, I had the first panel of my basket done.
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I took a break from crocheting after my first panel and went back to read through the resource section more thoroughly and it really genuinely helped me understand the different techniques and concepts like reading a chart. Several different stitch instructions are included with the book, kind of like a mini stitch dictionary. Although they don’t include the step-by-step photos, once I worked through the basics section, I didn’t have any issues understanding the instructions for the more complex stitches.
Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet has a good variety of projects in it for getting started. There are patterns for scarves, fingerless gloves, blankets, a wall hanging, basket, bag, pillow and tablet pouch. Even as a beginner, you’re able to customize the pattern with your different colour choices and adding or omitting a colour like I did with my basket. The pattern called for three different colours but I used two and it looks so different! So there’s plenty to keep you busy and igniting your passion for tunisian crochet.
The patterns were very clear and as I said previously, I had the first panel to the basket without having even fully read the book, done in 30 minutes. My basket isn’t perfect but I think it’s pretty darn good for my first tunisian project! I didn’t worry about my gauge (gasp!) because it’s just a basket and my main concern was learning the stitches and executing the pattern (like a begginer!).
Overall, I really loved this book! A lovely, clear resource book that is genuinely acccessible to a beginner. Any resource that can get me up and running with a skill as fast as this book did is an absolute winner in my book. Emma has got me hooked on tunisian crochet and I’ll be working my way through the patterns in the book to continue working on my tunisian skills. So if you’re interested in giving tunisian crochet a try, I recommend checking this resource out to see if it may be a winner for you too.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Tunisan Crochet you can find it on Amazon.
If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:
- Fairytale Blankets to Crochet by Lynne Rowe
- Two-by-Two Crochet by Bendy Carter
- Fair Isle Crochet Workshop by Nastasja Vreeswijk
- Debrosse Modern Crochet
- You can find all my crochet book reviews here.
Thanks to Search Press, I have a copy of the book Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Emma Guess to giveaway to one lucky winner!
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