Thursday, 11 May 2017

Supersize Crochet

This lovely new book by Sarah Shrimpton landed in the office yesterday, along with some other fabulous titles (including Emma Varnham's super 'Cute Crocheted Animals' toy book), which will be added to the web site over the next few days. Supersize Crochet includes 20 quick crochet projects made using super chunky yarn - and when Sarah describes the yarn as super chunky she means it - the projects in this book use crochet hooks ranging in giant sizes right up to 40mm!  

The book has a range of great projects - theres a cat bed, baskets, bags, rugs, shrugs and hats to name a few and all of them will be quick easy and fun to make!

Using jumbo hooks takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you get the technique there will be no stopping you and you can use just about anything to crochet with such as string and cut up strips of fabric, but there are also some great retailers selling scrumptious giant yarns too, such as Woolly Mahoosive and Hoooked and I particularly like the Rico Gigantic Mohair.

Big yarn and giant hooks are perfect for beginners as it is so easy to see and recognise stitches and the projects Sarah has made are simple in construction but well thought out, making them perfect for the novice crocheter. The styling of the book is retro yet wonderfully contemporaray and I particularly like the string hanging plant pot holder (which is like something straight out of my 1970s childhood) and the incredibly comfy looking cosy shrug which is now on my wish list along with a thousand other lovely projects!

Supersize Crochet by Sarah Shrimpton is published by SewandSo Books and is available from all good book shops for just £14.99!