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Cool Crochet 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear

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Book Name: Cool Crochet 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear

Author: Melissa Leapman

Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications

ISBN: 0-8230-1124-0

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: color photos & patterns

Experience Required: Intermediate

Book Review

This is not your traditional book of crochet patterns. The projects in Cool Crochet include: sweaters, ponchos, tank tops, skirt, halter, scarves, skully (cap), dress, bags, tops, stole, jacket, bikini, hat and a necklace. The crocheted items are unique, fun and fashionable. The title of the book says it all, Cool Crochet 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear. I like that there are thumbnails with models wearing the crocheted items at the beginning of the book. You can get a good idea of what the items look like on someone and can begin thinking about what you want to make even before turning a page. Under each thumbnail are the page numbers, the experience required and the types of project. You really get a sense of where the author got her inspiration for these projects as well as her background in crochet from the introduction, she learned to crochet at 2 years of age.

Cool Crochet is a very handy and user-friendly book for crochet enthusiasts with a flair for fashion. There is an important abbreviations section at the beginning of the book to explain the terminology used throughout the book as well as explanations of pattern symbols, American and U.K. terminology used and yarn choice and substitution. The skill level, sizes, finished measurements, and materials (including materials and tools) are listed with the instructions for every project. There are also important notes on the crocheting of each project contained in a distinct yellow box next to the instructions. There are clear close-up photographs of portions of the finished products next to the relevant section of the pattern so you can focus on what the techniques should look like. Cool tips are contained in a distinct green box throughout the book and an index of all the cool tips is included at the back, which is handy and different from any other craft book I’ve seen.


  • Poncho with beaded tassels
  • Pullover with detachable scarf
  • Skinny mesh scarf
  • Sleeveless cotton pullover
  • Halter with ties and beaded edging
  • Cozy cloche hat

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