Title: Crochet From the Heart
Author: Kristin Spurkland
Photographer: Brent Kane
Crochet from the Heart provides 72-pages of quick to crochet designs perfect for donating to your favorite Charitable Organizations.
The crochet techniques and finishing instructions are included at the front of Crochet From the Heart from page 7 to 21; starting with the basics of holding your hook, the basic crochet stitches, increasing and decreasing, joining yarn, changing yarn colors, working with 2 colors, gauge swatches and yarn substitutions. The finishing section includes blocking, seaming, weaving in ends, duplicate stitch joins, adding borders and edgings, adding embroidery and lining a blanket with fabric.
The patterns included are:
- Rainbow Baby Blanket
- Sweet Baby Hat
- Pretty Baby Blanket
- Pretty Pink Hat and Scarf
- Finger Puppets
- Floral Wristbands and Choker
- Classic Hat
- Fingerless Mitts
- Kitty’s Bed
- Ruffle-Edge Hat
- Color-Block Scarves
- Lap Blanket
- Retro Scarf
- Geometric Bags
- Preemie Hats
Each pattern begins with the Finished Size of the project, the Materials you will need (yarn, hook, accessories, etc.), Gauge, special stitches and the written pattern instructions. The pattern instructions are included in clearly labelled sections. For example for the pattern Booties, you will find Foot, Heel and Finishing. A stitch count is included at the end of each Row/Round of the pattern when it varies from the row immediately prior.
Extra options are also provided, including suggestions for sizing changes, embellishments and packaging options. Tips are also included throughout the patterns in colored sections and written in italic fonts. They are easy to spot and provide valuable information pertinent to the pattern.
The patterns do not specify a difficulty level but they do appear to be mostly Easy to Intermediate Level Patterns. The instructions are written using US Crochet Terminology.
A handy list of national organizations that accept crochet items are included. It is important to note many groups have specific requirements for the charitable items they will accept so it is recommended you check first before crocheting your project. You can also ask your local church, hospital, hospice, shelters, community service organizations and crochet guilds if they are looking for charitable donations of crocheted items. A few of the National Charitable Organizations mentioned in Crochet From the Heart include:
Overall, Crochet From the Heart provides a great basic level of understanding for Crocheters just learning the craft. The projects appear quick and easy to complete. I did notice the projects included in Crochet Bright – Scarves, Hats, Booties, and More are all included in Crochet From the Heart. If you are trying to decide which of the 2 books to purchase I would recommend Crochet From the Heart.
The projects I like the best in this publication are Kitty’s Bed (this is a Felted Project) and Footies.
You can purchase your own copy of Crochet From the Heart by Kristin Spurkland at Martingale here:
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A special thanks to Martingale for providing me with a review copy of this book! All images used with permission from Martingale and their Photographer Brent Kane.