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Image Credit: From Crochet Home: 20 Vintage Modern Projects for the Home by Emma Lamb. © 2015 by Emma Lamb and reprinted by permission of David & Charles/F+W.

Crochet Home: 20 Vintage Modern Projects for the Home
By Emma Lamb
David & Charles/F+W; $24.99
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Crochet Home:

20 Vintage Modern Projects for the Home

Crochet Home: 20 Vintage Modern Projects for the Home is sure to please any Crocheter who is looking for a way to add warmth and charm to their home with handmade projects. You will find a variety of fun and pretty projects to create including: Garlands & Decorations, Potholders, Cushions and  Blankets & Throws.

Each design provides written instructions using U.K. Crochet terminology, as well as, a crochet chart (crochet diagram) depicting the International Crochet Symbols to make it easy for Crocheters to complete the projects. You will also find a helpful Pattern Abbreviations & Symbols section on pages 10 and 11. Each Chart Symbol used in the book is listed with its corresponding U.K. abbreviation and U.S. abbreviation and the descriptions for each.

The patterns included in the book are:

Garlands & Decorations

  • Flower Garlands
  • Polka Dot Streamer
  • Paper Flower Charms
  • Geometry Garland
  • Blossom Wreath
  • Day Dreamer Dreamcatcher
  • Oversized Wallflower Hanging

Potholders

  • Simple Folk Circle Potholder
  • Fabulous Rose Potholder
  • Filet Daisy Potholder
  • Vintage Folk Medallion Potholder
  • Octo-Pop Potholder

Cushions

  • Tiny Squares Patchwork Cushion
  • Pinwheel Patchwork Cushion
  • Log Cabin Cushion
  • Fabulous Rose Cushion
  • Candy Corn Cushion

Blankets & Throws

  • Scarborough Rock Floor Throw
  • Daisy Dot Lap Blanket
  • Granny Chic Pinwheel Blanket

The Getting Started section explains different blocking techniques and the pertinent gauge information. The Techniques section, which begins on page 130, includes step-by-step instructions with images for each stitch used in the book. The Suppliers section at the end of the book lists the different Suppliers you can contact (with web addresses) for the supplies used in the book.

Many of the projects included in Crochet Home: 20 Vintage Modern Crochet Projects for the Home would be achievable for Crocheters working at Skill Level: Easy projects and I believe some are even straightforward enough for a dedicated Beginner to accomplish. All the projects are worked in the round. Some assembly is required to make some of the projects – and this is discussed at length in the provided instructions.

Some of my favorite designs in the book include:

Tiny Squares | Crochet Home | Book Review | Oombawka Design
Tiny Squares Patchwork Cushion
Simple Folk Circle Potholder | Crochet Home | Book Review | Oombawka Design
Simple Folk Circle Potholder
Scarborough Rock Floor Throw | Crochet Home | Book Review | Oombawka Design
Scarborough Rock Floor Throw
Oversized Wallflower Hanging | Crochet Home | Book Review | Oombawka Design
Oversized Wallflower Hanging
Filet Daisy Potholder | Crochet Home | Book Review | Oombawka Design
Filet Daisy Potholder

As an added bonus, F&W Media International, Ltd. has provided us with an excerpt of the pattern: Flower Gardens. This pretty design will brighten any room and includes design instructions to make three pretty flowers and two sizes of leaves. Bright, colorful and vibrant – add a little color to your Crochet Home.

Crochet Home – Flower Garlands excerpt

For the complete pattern including images, drawings and schematics please see the PDF Excerpt of Flower Gardens. Thank you!  

FLOWER GARLANDS

Flower Garlands | Crochet Home | Book Review | Oombawka Design

Some crocheters find the humble granny square to be their crochet therapy, but for me it’s flowers – in all colours, sizes and shapes. It is my opinion that an hour spent with a crochet hook and gorgeous floral-coloured yarn making a pile of pretty petals is an hour spent very wisely indeed. I have designed three pretty floral motifs and two sizes of leaf for this garland. The pattern instructions describe one possible arrangement for stringing them together, but with a little imagination they can be combined in dozens of different ways with almost endless colour combinations. Let your imagination run free!

Tools and Materials

  • Size 3.5mm (US E4) and 1.5mm (US 7) crochet hooks
  • 50g balls (115m/126yd) of Rowan Cotton Glacé, one each in shades 865/Lipstick (yarn A), 730/Oyster (yarn B), 856/Mineral (yarn C), 845/Shell (yarn D), 844/Green Slate (yarn E) and 100g ball (400m/437yd) of DMC Petra size 5, one in shade 54460/Off – white (yarn F
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Yarn Substitution

This design will work well with any standard DK (worsted) weight cotton yarn or lighter, so that the motifs don’t become too heavy for the garland. If using DK cotton yarn one 50g ball will be enough to complete a garland in a single colour.

Tension (Gauge)

6 rnds of circular motif worked in tr sts (12st inc each rnd) = 10cm (4in)

Finished Size

Flowers vary from 6–6.5cm (23⁄8–21⁄2in) diameter
Length of garland approx. 1.45m (57in)

GARLANDS & DECORATIONS

PATTERN

All flower and leaf motifs are crocheted using the 3.5mm hook.

8-PETAL FLOWER MOTIF

Make 4, one each in yarns A, B, C and D.

Foundation ring and round 1: create an adjustable ring, ch3 (counts as first tr), 15tr into ring, close ring, ss into 3rd ch of starting ch3

Round 2: ch5 (counts as first htr, ch3), *miss 1st of prev rnd, [htr, ch3] into next st* rep from * to * 7 times, ss into 2nd ch of starting ch5

Round 3: ch1, *ss into next ch-sp, ch4, 3dtr-cl into same ch-sp, ch4, ss into same ch-sp* rep from * to * 8 times, ss into starting ch1, fasten off

5-PETAL FLOWER MOTIF 

Make 4, one each in yarns A, B, C and D.

Foundation ring and round 1: create an adjustable ring, ch2, 3tr-cl (counts as fi rst 4tr-cl), *ch4, 4tr-cl* rep from * to * 4 times, ch4, close ring, ss into top of 3tr-cl

Round 2: ch1, [dc, htr, tr, 3dtr, tr, htr, dc] into each ch-sp around, ss into first dc, fasten off

SMALL LEAF MOTIF 

Make 4, one each in yarns A, B, C and D.

Foundation chain: ch8

Round 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook *dc, htr, 3tr, htr, dc*, [ch3, dc into 3rd ch from hook] leaf point, rotate the work and rep from * to * along the bottom of the foundation ch, fasten off

7-PETAL FLOWER MOTIF

Make 4, one each in yarns A, B, C and D.

Foundation ring and round 1: create an adjustable ring, ch2 (counts as first htr), 13htr into ring, close ring, ss into 2nd of starting ch2

Round 2: ch5, *miss 1st tr of prev rnd, [htr, ch3] into next st* rep from * to * 6 times, ss into 2nd of starting ch5

Round 3: ch1, [dc, htr, tr, ch3, dc into 3rd ch from hook, tr, htr, dc] into each ch-sp around, ss into first dc, fasten off

LARGE LEAF MOTIF 

Make 4 in yarn E.

Foundation chain: ch8

Round 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook *dc, htr, 3tr, htr, dc*, ch3 (leaf point), rotate the work and rep from * to * along the bottom of the foundation ch, turn

Round 2: ch1, dc, htr, tr, 2tr inc, 3tr, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] into leaf point chsp, 3tr, 2tr inc, tr, htr, dc, turn

Round 3: ch1, miss 1st tr of prev rnd, 2dc, 2dc inc into next 2 sts, 6dc, [dc, ch3, dc into 3rd ch from hook, dc] into leaf point ch-sp, 6dc, 2dc inc into next 2sts, 2dc, ssinto next st, fasten off motif at the bottom, string the motifs together as follows:
First: using 1.5mm crochet hook, join yarn G in top of large leaf motif (opposite pointed tip), *†ch3, dc into top of small leaf motif, ch36, dc between 2 petals of 7-petal flower motif, ch40, dc between 2 petals of 5-petal flower motif, ch 40, dc between 2 petals of 8-petal flower motif†, ch40, dc into top of large leaf motif* rep from * to * 3 times, rep from † to † once more

Hanging loop: ch20, ss into same sp as last dc into 8-petal flower motif, fasten off securely and weave in loose ends

BLOCKING

Using a press cloth, steam press each motif on reverse with a hot iron to these approx. sizes:

8-petal fl ower: 6.5cm (21⁄2in) diameter
5-petal fl ower: 5.5cm (21⁄4in) diameter
7-petal fl ower: 6.5cm (21⁄2in) diameter

Small leaf: 2 x 3.5cm (3⁄4 x 11⁄4in)
Large leaf: 4.5 x 6cm (13⁄4 x 23⁄8in)

MAKING UP

Arrange the motifs according to the colour placement diagram and, beginning with the large leaf

TIPS AND TRICKS

This garland is designed to hang vertically but you could easily work a small hanging loop at either end to hang it in a swag if you prefer. To do so, join yarn F in first motif, ch20, ss into same sp as joined yarn, then continue stringing the garland motifs together as described. To make a multiple garland display as shown, you will also need a 50g ball of Rowan Cotton Glacé in shade 725/Ecru.

COLOUR PLACEMENT

Lipstick
Oyster
Mineral
Shell
Green Slate

Excerpt and Images from Crochet Home: 20 Vintage Modern Projects for the Home by Emma Lamb. © 2015 by Emma Lamb and reprinted by permission of David & Charles/F+W.

Photography © 2015 Jason Jenkins.

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40 Comments

  1. I just love the country charm of the patterns in this book. All the patterns just say ‘Welcome’.

  2. I love the potholders and the floor rug. I am glad there is still a written pattern. Diagrams don’t agree with me 🙂

  3. Hi! I’ve followed your beautiful work for quite some time now.
    I must say this is one design that truly touches home for me! Reminds me of my mother, who was such an avid crocheter, that we even wrote about it in her obituary last year!
    She would have LOVE this, as she did so many patterns…and I am blessed to say she taught me as well…just wish she and I could have sat down together for this project!

  4. I just recently received this book. It has so many wonderful patterns, I just don’t know where to start! I believe that it was your review of the this book that compelled me to buy it.

  5. I have this book and just love all the patterns. Easy to follow too 🙂

  6. This book looks fantastic – lots of great ideas and twists on vintage themes to decorate modern homes in fresh new ways…

  7. I love this book and the colors they used…I would love to have this one!!!

  8. I am working on the over-sized wallflower hanging for my daughter’s room:) Its beautiful and easy!

  9. I am honestly scared of color sometimes, especially brights and pastels for home furnishings. This book is beautiful though! Inspiration to try to inject something sunny into my home. I do love the filet daisy potholder!

  10. I’d love to check out this book. Bright colors against a white background make me happy!

  11. There are some beautiful useful patterns in this book. Love it!

  12. Soooooooo Love this book!!!! So many things to make for my Home, and as gifts for Friends & Family! Loved the review! Thank you!

  13. I really like the patterns in this book, especially the Oversized Flower Wall Hanging … but I think what really sets it apart is the styling. The way the items are photographed–the simple white walls and props around them–really makes it special.

  14. The variety offered looks great. Will have to try the potholders and pillows.

  15. I love the light and airy feel of the colors that are used in this book. You can find several ideas whereby you can make something to decorate your home.

  16. Oh goodness! Loving the pot holders!! Might have to make a few for xmas presents

  17. I love the colours and iatterns in this book. I am definitely going to buy it!

  18. I totally love the Scarborough Rock Floor Throw.. All the decorations r so chic n colourful 🙂

  19. Love Emma Lamb`s work, she is so talented. The book must be amazing. Thanks for the garland pattern. Love peace and crochet Gabriela

  20. I purchased this book a while ago, and although I haven’t used it yet, I am very happy with the contents, specifically the garlands

  21. The daisy filet is my favorite, but I LOVE the simplicity in all of them.

  22. I just love all the wonderful vintage patterns in the bright modern colors!