Crochet at Play – Book Review

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Back in April I entered a fabulous giveaway on the blog Crafts from the Cwtch – to win a copy of Kat Goldin’s book “Crochet at Play” (Publisher: Kyle Books).

Crochet At Play – Kat Goldin – Book Review

I love seeing what Sarah (of Crafts from the Cwtch) is doing, be it spinning, knitting, crocheting or even just the fabulous photos of Wales that I see posted on her page – my Nana was born in Wales (Pontypridd) in the 1920’s and I have a fondness for all things Welsh – I was drawn to Sarah’s blog earlier this year and I have been following along ever since.

When I received the message that I had actually won the giveaway – I was thrilled! Not only was I to receive the book I have been coveting since I learned of its existence, I was also to receive the yarn I needed to complete the “Shaggy Lion” hat shown on the cover of the UK Edition!

I have hooked other patterns designed by Kat and I have followed her blog Slugs on the Refrigerator for ages – I love her Designs – I find them very straightforward and easy to follow.  I like Designs that leave very little doubt in my mind as to what I need to do to make the pattern work for me.  If I meet the recommended gauge I know the project is going to turn out as depicted and it is going to fit.

Best of all – her book is also full of FUN! Fun patterns – for boys and girls –

I’ve noticed in the last few months of searching for patterns (either by request on my Facebook page) or for my own son – there are very few really good crochet patterns designed specifically for boys.  I have actually created a pinterest page dedicated to crochet patterns that can be used for boys.

I am very excited about the number of great patterns in “Crochet at Play” – I had seen some previews in different posts but after actually reviewing  the book for myself, I am thrilled by how many of the Designs I truly love and I plan on crocheting for my own children.

Visually the book is charming – the instructions are clear and easy to follow – the photographs are full of colour and show the Designs being worn by children.  I love seeing how an item ‘works’ on a model –

The beginning of the book outlines all the different stitches you need to know – both written and pictorial instructions – as well as how to follow the patterns – “Pattern Basics” –

There are more than 30-original-Designs in “Crochet at Play” – among my favorites are:

Flat Cap
Leafy Capelet
Beastie Feet
Hedgehog Mittens
Cabled Yoke Cardigan
Silver Birch Tunic
Hobby Horse
Shaggy Lion

I received the book and the yummy yarn on Friday evening and immediately dropped all my other projects to hook the “Shaggy Lion” hat – Darla and Drew both love this hat –

Kat has some free patterns available in honour of the release of her book –

Rainbow Bright Dress
Mermaid Tail

You can also view a ‘trailer’ for the book


“Crochet at Play” is available for purchase from Amazon:

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  1. Congrats on winning the book! I just found out that you followed me on Bloglovin' and stopped by to say thanks! You've got some really great stuff going on on your blog. And I love your Not Another Owl hat! 🙂 Now if I only had the time to learn to crochet…

  2. Thank you Sarah! I actually visited Wales, Scotland and England with my Nana and Gramps in 1986 (seems like a lifetime ago!) – the countryside is so very beautiful there – we visited some family and touristy places – the memories 🙂 Even visited the Rhondda Valley 🙂 I must admit though it was mighty strange to be called "Rhontha" the whole time I was there 😉

  3. What a wonderful review and your bag is totally adorable! I am so ad that you won the giveaway and that you enjoy my blog. XxxxPS my Nanna used to take me to "Ponty Market" some Saturdays and I have lots of memories of being there – I recently revisited and bought some vintage sheets, one of which will probably be making an appearance soon as it's destined to be playhouse curtains!!! X

  4. Yay! Congrats on your win, Rhondda! The lion hat looks great. 🙂 That 'trailer' was most excellent!