Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Obviously, I LOVE crochet! My tastes in our craft have changed dramatically over the many years that I have crocheted, but one thing is certain: I LOVE crochet lace and 'lacey' patterns. It is what drew me to crochet so many years ago.

So, when I flipped through Mary Jane Hall's newest crochet book, Colorful Crochet Lace published by Interweave, I was in heaven!

Truly, the designs in this book are BEAUTIFUL! Each project is as pretty as the next!

After reading through this book and seeing all the incredible designs in it, I believe that this is one of the best wearable crochet design books I have ever seen!

Colorful Crochet Lace has a total of 22 designs, including both garments and accessories. Each pattern features 'lacey' and feminine stitch designs. Some of the designs are intricate, but others are simple openwork lace patterns that are surprisingly easy to do!

Several of the projects are crocheted using the Graduated Stitch Method, a technique Mary Jane developed that allows for shaping and customized fit without increases or decreases.  Mary Jane originally introduced this technique in her Crochet That Fits book.

The photography is stunning and the diagrams and schematics are consistent with the perfection that we all associate with Interweave publications. I also love the Custom Fit information that is included with some of the designs.
  There is definitely something for every crocheter in this book.

All of the projects in this book can be seen on Ravelry at the link below.

From the Back Cover:
Mary Jane Hall is a crochet designer and best-selling author of Positively Crochet! and Crochet That Fits, which was voted “Best Crochet Pattern Book of 2008!” by the Crochet Liberation Front. She is a mentor with the CGOA and speaks at various crochet gatherings and fashion shows. Mary Jane has designed for popular magazines including Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting Crochet, and Fifth Avenue Magazine and has appeared on the TV show Knit & Crochet Now

You can read my review of Mary Jane's previous book for Crochet That Fits. Don't forget to check out another of her books, Positively Crochet as well!

With most of our book reviews, my blog readers have a chance to WIN a free copy!
It is never difficult to enter a GIVEAWAY at Cute Crochet Chat!

Just leave a COMMENT below telling me what is your favorite item to crochet AND THEN send me a note to cutecrochet AT with your email address, so I know where to get in touch with you if you are the winner!


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Friday, August 07, 2015

Blog Tour for Colorful Crochet Lace!

Mary Jane Hall's newest crochet book has been released and it is BEAUTIFUL! Follow along each day on the blog tour. There will be many chances to win a copy including right HERE on August 19!

  1. Vickie Howell / Knit Crochet Craft – 8/4
  2. Outstanding Crochet – 8/5
  3. Bonnie Bay – 8/6
  4. Crochetville – 8/7
  5. My Little City Girl – 8/10
  6. Yarn Thing Podcast – 8/13
  7. Hook & Needle Designs – 8/14
  8. GoCrochet – 8/17
  9. Turquoiz Blue – This is Crochet - 8/18
  10. Cute Crochet Chat – 8/19
  11. Hot Lava Crochet – 8/20
  12. The Crochet Architect – 8/21
  13. Crochet Renee – 8/24

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

You can learn more about Mary Jane on her website: Positively Crochet.
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Back To School Crochet on Pinterest

Back To School Crochet

I love Pinterest, who doesn't? 
Most especially, I love searching Pinterest for crochet projects! 
Here is a great search board I created for Back To School! Enjoy!
While you are there, why not follow me (cutecrochet) on Pinterest?
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Imagical Seasons Book Review (and a GIVEAWAY)!

Cute Crochet Chat is the FINAL stop on the blog tour of Imagical Seansons Volume 1 and 2! This is your LAST chance to WIN copies of these new crochet books and there will be two (2) winners!

If you love crocheting for children, then you  are going to LOVE Alla Koval's newest books, Imagical Seasons, Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12.

I was originally introduced to Alla Koval through her beautiful website My Little City Girl, and on Ravelry, where she began designing one-of-a-kind fashions for her little girl.
I have been admiring her designs since the website first began, so I am thrilled to be presenting a GIVEAWAY of her newest books!

Imagical Seasons is comprised of four volumes (Spring and Summer are available now) of crochet patterns featuring versatile and whimsical designs for kids ranging in sizes 2-12.

Imagical Sesaons, Volume 1 and 2 are full of beautiful, lacy patterns that are gorgeous and feminine. The books are beautifully formatted, with full written instructions and interesting stitch patterns, as well as fun and colorful photographs. They also include very nice, easy-to-read stitch diagrams.

The designs and photos are VERY colorful (which I love) and so well presented.

You can get a SNEAK PEAK of all the designs in each Volume at the link below. Click on GALLERY to see the designs in each volume.

Both volumes are available as PRINTED hard copies at the link below:

If you purchase the hard copy from this website, you will receive the PDF for free! 
Use the special code IMAGICAL at checkout. 
After your purchase, Alla will send you an email with a link to your free download! 


you may purchase both volumes as PDF's through Ravelry!

I cannot wait to see the other 'SEASONS' in this book series!

As always, with most of our book reviews, everyone has a chance to WIN a free copy!
It is never difficult to enter a GIVEAWAY at Cute Crochet Chat!

Just leave a COMMENT below telling me which Volume you would like to receive AND THEN send me an email to cutecrochet AT with your email/contact information, so I know where to get in touch with you if you are the winner!
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 1, Spring. The second lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 2, Summer. This giveaway is open worldwide. Winners in the USA and CANADA can choose between a hard copy of the book or a digital PDF copy. Winners not in the USA or CANADA will receive a PDF digital copy.

WE HAVE CHOSEN 2 WINNERS. Thank you for participating!

ALL photos courtesy of Alla Koval/ 

Alla Koval Blog Tour 2015

July 13: Knitting and Crochet - Amy Solovay
July 14: Faina’s Knitting Mode – Faina Goberstein
July 15: Crochet Queen: Royal Ramblings – Gwen Blakely Kinsler
July 16: Crochet Concupiscence – Kathryn Vercillo
July 17: Petals to Picots - Kara Gunza
July 18: Stylish Knits – Simona Dest Merchant
July 19: Craft Gossip – Sarah E. White
July 20: Positively Crochet – Mary Jane Hall
July 21: Magic with Hook and Needles - Vendula Maderska
July 22: Cute Crochet – Jocelyn Sass 

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