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Title: Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet Accessories
Author:
 Melissa Leapman
Format: Trade Paperback, 144 Pages
Size: 8.5 ” by 11″
ISBN:9781589239289
Publisher: Creative Publishing International, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, Inc.
Published: December 15, 2016
Price: $21.99 USD

Melissa Leapman’s

Designer Crochet Accessories

fresh new designs for
HATS + SCARVES + COWLS
SHAWLS + HANDBAGS + JEWELRY
and more

Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet Accessories offers accessory options for every occasion and every crocheter! Designs are included for various skill levels; from beginner to advanced level crocheters. Each pattern is written out in American Crochet terminology and also includes a crochet chart with international crochet symbols. Schematic diagrams are provided when necessary to show you the finished shape and measurements of the project.
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I love how each pattern includes the yarn information for the yarn which was used to create the project in the MATERIALS section and also includes an Alternate Yarn Choice.
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25 Designs are included:

designs
  • Hadley: Aran-inspired Cabled Shoulder Bag
  • Minerva: Semicircular Shawl
  • Collafirth: Fair Isle – Style Ski Hat
  • Benedetta: Top-down Triangular Shawl
  • Cosi: Keyhole Scarf
  • Foglie: Skinny Summer Fashion Shawl
  • Celestia: Airy Infinity Cowl
  • Orlaithe: Aran Cowl
  • Soleil: Ramie Summer Hat
  • Christie: Diagonal Hat
  • Fenchurch: Tote
  • Guinevere: Little Bag with Handles
  • Harmonia: Fingerless Mitts
  • Ooh La La: Beret
  • Prepster: Boa Scarf
  • Delicata: Reversible Wrap
  • Astrid: Triangular Shawl
  • Phoebe: Ring
  • Danelle: Bracelet
  • Haymarket: Bias Scarf
  • Louisa: Market Bag
  • Oro: Cowl / Ponchini
  • Monterra: Boot Toppers
  • Ashley: Headband
  • Elisse: Button Necklace

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Take a look at all 25 of the fantastic patterns included:

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The Resources section begins on page 126 and includes the Abbreviations List, UK equivalents, a section about Understanding International Crochet Symbols and Tips on Reading Crochet Charts.

Crochet Techniques

The General Crochet Techniques are clearly written with supportive diagrams and demonstrate the following:
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  • Slip Knot
  • Adjustable Ring
  • Chain
  • Slip Stitch
  • Single Crochet
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Double Crochet
  • Triple Crochet
  • Double Triple Crochet
  • Recommended Turning Chains

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Stitch Variations

Stitch Variations are also included in this section and include:

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  • Beaded Chain
  • Single Crochet 2 Together
  • Half Double Crochet 2 Together
  • Double Crochet 2 Together
  • Double Crochet 3 Together
  • 5-DC Popcorn
  • Reverse Single Crochet
  • Working around the front post of a stitch
  • Working around the back post of a stitch
  • Working behind the last row
  • Working in front of a chain space of the previous row
  • Working in the back or front loop only
  • Working over a chain space
  • Slip st into a button

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Working with color and how to attach new yarn and carry your yarn along the side of your project are explained, as well as, finishing techniques (examples: whipstitch seam, mattress stitch seam, blocking, fasten off and weaving in ends).
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My favorite designs are:

  • Collafirth – which mimics Fair Isle patterns and can be easily modified to be a slouch hat
  • Foglie – lightweight openwork scarf
  • Celestia – very feminine and romantic styled cowl

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As an added bonus, QuartoKnows

(part of the Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.) has provided us with an excerpt of the following pattern:

Celestia Melissa Leapmans Designer Crochet Accessories - Book Review - Pattern Excerpt

CELESTIA AIRY INFINITY COWL

Although light as air, this ethereal cowl will keep you—or a lucky gift recipient—warm and cozy. The frilly chain-loop edging makes it especially feminine and adds an air of nostalgia.

SIZE

One size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

8″ (20.5 cm) deep × 56″ (142 cm) in circumference

MATERIALS

• Berroco Briza (51% mohair/43% nylon/ 6% wool; each approximately 1.41 oz/40 g and 219 yd/200 m), 2 balls of #9315 Napa

• Crochet hook size G/6 (4 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

GAUGE

12 sts (1 repeat) = 2¼” (5.5 cm); 4 rows in pattern = 2″ (5 cm).

To save time, take time to check gauge.

ALTERNATIVE YARN CHOICE

Willow Yarns Fawn Worsted

TOP EDGING COWL

Chain 338. Being careful not to twist the chain, slip st in the first ch to form a ring.

Foundation Round (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in the next ch (counts as dc2tog), ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, *2 dc in each of the next 2 ch, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, [dc2tog over the next 2 ch] twice, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch; repeat from the * FOUNDATION ROUND around, ending with 2 dc in each of the next 2 ch, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, dc2tog over the next 2 ch, join with a slip st in the top of the beginning ch-3.

Round 1: Ch 8, skip the next ch-3 sp, *dc in each of the next 4 dc, ch 8, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next 2 dc2tog, skip the next ch-3 sp; repeat from the * around, ending with dc in each of the next 4 dc, ch 3, dtr in the top of the beginning ch-3 in row below, join with a slip st in the 5th ch of the beginning ch-8.

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in the first st, ch 3, skip the next ch-3 sp, *[dc2tog over the next 2 dc] twice, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, 2 dc in each of the next 2 ch, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch; repeat from the * around, ending with *[dc2tog over the next 2 dc] twice, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, 2 dc in the fifth ch of the ch-8, join with a slip st to the top of the beginning ch-3.

Round 3: Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc in the next dc, *ch 8, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next 2 dc2tog, skip the next ch-3 sp, dc in each of the next 4 dc; repeat from the * around, ending with ch 8, skip the next ch-3 sp, skip the next 2 dc2tog, skip the next ch-3 sp, dc in each of the next 2 dc, join with a slip st to the top of the beginning ch-3.

Round 4: Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc in the next dc (counts as dc2tog), *ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, 2 dc in each of the next 2 ch, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, [dc2tog over the next 2 dc] twice; repeat from the * around, ending with ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, 2 dc in each of the next 2 ch, ch 3, skip the next 3 ch, dc2tog over the next dc with the beginning ch-3, join with a slip st to the top of the beginning ch-3. Repeat Rounds 1–4 twice. Do not fasten off.

TOP EDGING

Next Round (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 18, sc) in the same st as the last slip st, *2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc in the next dc, ch 18, sc in the next dc] twice, 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc, ch 18, sc] in each of the next 2 dc2tog; repeat from the * around, ending with 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc in the next dc, ch 18, sc in the next dc] twice, 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc, ch 18, sc] in the next dc2tog, join with a slip st in the top of the first sc. Fasten off.

BOTTOM EDGING

Round 1: With RS facing, working across opposite side of foundation ch, join yarn with slip st in last ch at base of last st in Round 1, ch 1, sc in the same ch as the last slip st, ch 18, sc in the next ch, *2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc, ch 18, sc] in each of the next 2 ch, 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc in the next dc, ch 18, sc in the next dc] twice; repeat from the * around, ending with 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, [sc, ch 18, sc] in each of the next 2 ch, 2 sc in the next ch-3 sp, sc in the next ch, ch 18, sc in the next ch, join with a slip st in the top of the first sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING

Weave in ends. Block to the finished measurements.

Excerpted from Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet Accessories. Copyright © 2016 Creative Publishing International an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.

Used by permission of the publisher.

All rights reserved.


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9 Comments

  1. Such a variety of patterns 🙂 The book is sure to interest any crocheter, of course, myself included. Thank you for your review..

  2. This sounds like a book that I would like to purchase, especially since I didn’t win it! I appreciate the complete review.

  3. I can’t wait to get this book. It is one of very few, that I would like to do most of the patterns in (not just one or two).

  4. I love this book! It’s not often that a review is as comprehensive as this one is which makes the book so much more enticing! I love the resources offered by the book so it is always useful whether using an included pattern or not. And the variety of items included is great. Even more helpful is the inclusion of yarn substitutes. I’m allergic to wool so I’m always on the look out for alternatives. So much to consider – weight, drape, give, so confusing. Any help on de-mystifying that is so appreciated! Can’t wait to get this one in my hot little hands!

  5. Rhondda, Happy Holidays! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Love your blog.

  6. Beautiful designs. Need this book. Putting this on my Christmas wish list.

  7. Melissa Leapman’s book “Designer Crochet Accessories” contains crocheted pieces that I see as enjoyable to make. I have 5 granddaughters who would love to wear many if not all of the accessories in this book…and they have a grandmother who would love to crochet these “pretties” for them.