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Cover Overlay Crochet Patterns. Leisure Arts. eBook Review by Oombawka Design Crochet

Title: Overlay Crochet
Author: Kristi Simpson
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4647-7693-9

Overlay Crochet Book Review

There are 10 different projects you can make with the patterns included in Overlay Crochet. Choose from a basket, a blanket (made up of 8 inch afghan squares), a crossbody bag, a mandala, a pillow, a pouf, a doily rug, a towel, a placemat or a coaster set.

The patterns range in difficulty from BASIC to INTERMEDIATE.

What is Overlay Crochet?

Overlay Crochet is a technique that creates texture and dimension by occasionally layering crochet stitches on-top of one another. There are a few different ways to achieve this effect. One of these ways is by working in the back loop of stitches for the background of the project and then in later rounds (rows) returning to add stitches into some of the unworked front loops.

This layering effect creates an added level of dimension to the project, where the stitches stand above the background fabric. It is a very pretty way to add an extra element to a project and is used frequently in Crocheted Mandala Projects.

Overlay Crochet Patterns Included

  • Basket. BASIC. Size: 9.5 inches long X 7 inches wide X 3.75 deep. Hook: 4 mm (G)
  • Blanket. EASY.  Size: 26 inches X 42 inches. Hook: 6 mm (J). Assembly Diagram included.
  • Crossbody Bag. EASY.  Size: 10 inches diameter. Hook: 5 mm (H).
  • Mandala. EASY.  Size: 10 inches diameter. Hook: 4 mm (G).
  • Pillow. INTERMEDIATE. Size: 14 inches square. Hook: 4 mm (G).
  • Pouf. EASY.  Size: 65 inches diameter X 13 inches high. Hook: 5 mm (H).
  • Doily Rug. EASY.  Size: 25 inches diameter. Hook: 5 mm (H).
  • Towel. EASY.  Size: 17 inches X 16 inches. Hook: 4 mm (G).
  • Placemat & Coaster Set. EASY.  Size: Placemat: 11 inches X 16 inches. Coaster: 5 inches diameter. Hook: 4 mm (G).

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Each pattern is in American Crochet Terms.  The instructions are written out in full, the stitch counts are provided. Each Rnd (round) or Row heading is displayed in bold font and italics are used to indicate important information. Very important information (“Work in Back Loops Only through Rnd 13.” or “Work with right side facing throughout.“) is written in a different color. If a special stitch is being used in the pattern, the written instructions for it will be included in the individual Pattern’s Stitch Guide after the Gauge information.

The projects have been crocheted in bright and cheery yarn colors.  Every project is crocheted with medium weight yarn [4].

The Yarn Used to Create these Projects

  • Red Heart® Scrubby Smoothie™ (Basket)
  • Bernat® Handicrafter® Cotton (Blanket, Crossbody Bag, Pouf, Placemat & Coaster Set)
  • Lion Brand® 24/7 Cotton® (Mandala, Pillow, Towel)
  • Lily® Sugar’n Cream® (Doily Rug)

General Instructions

Abbreviations, symbols and terms are included on page 58. Special notes about Gauge and Markers are also included. The Crochet Terms include a written explanation and a diagram (for some) to help you master the stitch and/or technique.

Crochet Terms

  • Joining with single crochet, joining with double crochet and joining with back post single crochet stitches.
  • Back Ridge
  • Top Loops, Back Loop Only, Free Loops
  • Post Stitch
  • Changing Colors
  • Working in a space before a stitch
  • Working in front of, around, or behind a stitch
  • Working in a horizontal bar
  • Reverse Single Crochet
  • Whipstitch
  • Tassel

The projects included in Overlay Crochet are bright and cheerful. They will add a fun decorative touch to your home and they will also make great gifts. I especially love the Pillow and the Doily Rug designs.

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  1. I love that this author has used readily available yarns for the projects in this book.

  2. I always looking for new techniques to try and this looks interesting and challenging. The directions are explain in very good detail on how to make the different stitches. Excited in trying this out!

  3. Thank you for your reviews. They do make a huge difference! I had been thinking about getting this but wasn’t sure. Now it’s on the list to buy! 😉

  4. Beautiful patterns. Love how you provide the details of the pattern that is necessary to make the items in the book.

  5. I’ve been wondering exactly what ‘overlay crochet’ was – now I know! Thanks for the clear and concise explanation!

  6. this book i just gorgeous, makes me want to pick up my hook right now!

  7. I’m working on an overlay crochet shawl for a wedding in December! Such elegant designs!

  8. I just love the look & texture of overlay crochet…looks like a great book.

  9. I love these designs! Not sure if I could have the patience to do them, but would love to try.

  10. Well those are some awesome patterns!
    Will have to give the pillow a try.

  11. I really enjoyed this review of the book overlay. I hadn’t heard about this technique but now look forward to learn more. The results are beautiful. Thank you for this review.

  12. Thank you for reviewing this book. It looks like these would be fun and easy to make household items which I enjoy working on

  13. Thank You so much for this review! I’ve been wanting to try this and now it’s a little more clear on just what it is!
    If it’s possible I would love to see you review Hooked On Quilted Crochet – 6 Colorful Patterns for Crochet Lovers. This looks very interesting! 😉

  14. Wow, this book sounds awesome..! Leisure & Arts has awesome books, this is a must have!

  15. I loved reading your review on the Overlay crochet book. I never realised there was a name for items made that way. Thank you

  16. I would like you to review “Shrugs and Boleros” which looks interesting.

  17. I would love to try a mandala from your ebook. Actually all the patterns look lovely!

  18. I really like the color & texture equally in the Overlay Crochet book.

  19. I’d really like you to review T-Shirt Yarn Home Decor. I’ve been collecting t-shirts for this purpose

  20. I would like to learn about Scrappy Afghans(SKU#7135) especially how to do the Tumbling Blocks blanket.

  21. I would like to read a review of Crocheted Succulents. I would love to give one to everyone that I know that has a knack for killing plants.