Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode – Book Review and Pattern Excerpt

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Crocheted Abode a la Mode Book Review

Title: Crocheted Abode a la Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home
Author:
 Twinkie Chan
Format: Softbound, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781589239302
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
Size: 8.5 x 8.5
Published: April 1, 2016
Price: $21.99

Crocheted Abode a la Mode, Book Review

What a fantastic book! Read my book review below.

Something I’m sure you all know about me by now is I tend to lean toward the more practical types of crochet patterns – “patterns with a purpose”. So I was pleasantly (very pleasantly I might add) surprised when I opened Twinkie Chan’s newest book and discovered each of these yummy crochet projects does have a purpose! At the same time they are super FUN!

I have a number of favorites – including the functional TV Dinner Tablet Cozy, the bright and colorful Licorice Allsorts Afghan and the Cheeseburger Tissue Box Cozy.

Crocheted Abode a la Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects For Your Home includes the following patterns:

Kitchen & Dining

  • Strawberry Shortcake Stand Mixer Cover
  • Grocery Fridge Magnets
  • Honey Bear Apron
  • Breakfast Dishcloths
  • Cherry Pie Seat Cushion
Breakfast Dishcloths - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
Breakfast Dishcloths

Living & Lounging

  • Frosted Animal Cookie Garland
  • Banana Split Throw Pillow
  • Cheeseburger Tissue Box Cozy
  • Licorice Allsorts Afghan
  • Giant Donut Floor Pouf

 

Licorice Allsorts Afghan - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
Licorice Allsorts Afghan

 

Bath & Beauty

  • Gummy Bear Towel Basket
  • Birthday Cake Toilet Paper Cozy
  • Ice Cream Cone Shower Mitt
  • Little Cherry Zipper Pulls
  • Bubble Gum Bath Mat
20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
Little Cherry Zipper Pulls,Carnival Pen Cozies, Red Licorice Wrist Rest & Bubble Gum Bath Matt.

Home Office

  • TV Dinner Tablet Cozy
  • Taco Pencil Case
  • Carnival Pen Cozies
  • Bread Loaf Letter Organizer
  • Red Licorice Wrist Rest
TV Dinner Tablet Cozy - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
TV Dinner Tablet Cozy, Carnival Pen Cozies, Taco Pencil Case and Bread Loaf Organizer.

From cover-to-cover the book is visually pleasing. Bright colors and pretty illustrations are used throughout. The font used is clear and easy-to-read, the important text is bolded and indentations are used to make it easier to locate and keep track of your place in the instructions. Both the front and back flap extend to be used as page-markers too!

Basic crochet instructions have been provided from page 106 to 111. This section includes the essentials in a Crochet Tool Kit, recommendations for types of yarn, the importance of gauge and basic stitches you will need to know to complete the projects. Written instructions (U.S. Crochet Terms) and diagrams have been included for the basic stitches and definitions; which include:

  • Foundation chain
  • Slip Stitch
  • Single Crochet
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Double Crochet
  • Half Treble or Half Triple Crochet
  • Treble or Triple Crochet
  • Decrease by Working One Single Crochet into Next Two Stitches
  • Invisible Decrease
  • Work Even or Work Evenly
  • Skip
  • Continuous Spirals vs. Joining Rounds
  • Fasten Off or Break Off
  • Weave in Ends
  • Change Yarn Colors
  • Basic Abbreviations in Alphabetical Order

Which project(s) would you like to try?

Darla and Andrew already asked me to make them the Carnival Pen Cozies!

As an added bonus, QuartoKnows

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

 Cheeseburger Tissue Box Cozy

The first time I crocheted a cheeseburger tissue box cozy was for the 2012 Plush You! art show which is founded and annually curated by my friend Kristen. Ever since then, people have been writing to me for the pattern, and now I’m excited to serve it up with a juicy patty, frilly lettuce, tomato slices, onion strings, cheesey goodness, and even cute little sesame seeds on the top bun. Your tissues will become a talking point, and you will be the first person you know with a cube-shaped burger to impress all the gourmet-burger fanatics! If anybody happens to shed happy tears over the savory amazingness of this cozy, you’ll already have something handy to wipe them away.
Cheeseburger Tissue Box - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
 
INGREDIENTS
worsted weight
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, 100% Premium Acrylic, 3.5 oz (100 g)/170 yds (156 m) per skein: 1 skein 860-130 Honey (A)
Red Heart Soft, 100% Acrylic, 5 oz (141 g)/256 yds (234 m) per skein: 1 skein #E728-9344 Chocolate (C)
Small amounts of worsted weight acrylic yarn: 10 yds (10 m) Beige (B), 5 yds (5 m) Green (D), 9 yds (9 m) Yellow (E), 6 yds (6 m) Red (F), 6 yds (6 m) White (G) Small amount light tan wool felt OR small amount of B for sesame seeds
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TOOLS
H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook cube-shaped tissue box tapestry needle
fabric glue (if using felt for sesame seeds)
stitch markers
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DIRECTIONS
Gauge
17 sts x 21 rows in sc = 4″ (10 cm). Take time to check gauge.
Finished Size
4.75″ (12 cm) wide x 4.75″ (12 cm) long x 5.25″ (13.5 cm) high
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Special Stitches Used
DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHET  (DTR)
Yo 3 times, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 4 times.
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Note: The top of the cozy is worked first in rows. Then, work is continued in rnds for the sides.
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Bun and Burger
With A, ch 19.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn—18 sc.
Rows 2–10: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 11: Ch  1, sc in next 4 sc, ch 10 (for opening), sk 10 sts, and sc in next 4 sc, turn—18 sts.
Rows 12–20: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. Do not turn at end of row 20. Do not fasten off.
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BEGIN SIDES
Rnd  1: Ch  1, sc 19 evenly along side of square, sc 18 across foundation ch, sc 19 evenly along 2nd side of square, sc in next 18 sc, join with sl st to 1st sc, turn—74 sc. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Rnds 2–8: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st to
1st sc, turn. Fasten off A. Join B.
Rnd 9: Ch  1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st to 1st sc, turn. Fasten off B. Join C.
Rnds 10–18: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st to
1st sc, turn. Fasten off C. Join B. Rnd 19: Rep rnd 9. Fasten off B. Join A
Rnds 20–27: Rep rnds 10–17. Fasten off and weave in ends.
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Lettuce - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
 
Lettuce
With RS facing and cozy facing right side up, join D to beg of rnd in the first B rnd up from the bottom of the cozy. (Photo 1)
Rnd 1: *[Ch 4, sk 1 st, sl st in B st]  3 times, [ch 6, sk 1 st, sl st in B st] once. rep from * around, ch 4 sk 1 st, sl st in 1st st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
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Cheese (make 3)
With E, ch 2.
Row 1: (3 sc) in 2nd ch from hook, turn—3 sc.
Row 2: Ch 2, (hdc, sc) in first sc, sc in next, (sc, hdc) in next sc, turn—5 sts.
Row 3: Ch 2, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 3 sts, (sc, hdc) in next st, turn—7 sts.
Row 4: Ch 3, sc in next 6 sts, (sc, dc) in next st—8 sts. Do not turn.
Border row: Ch  1, work 6 sl st along the side of the piece, (sl st, ch  1, sl st) in point, work 6 sl st along opposite side. Fasten off, leaving a tail 24″ (61 cm) long for sewing, and weave in short end.
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Assembly - Crocheted Abode A La Mode, Book Review
 
Assembly
Place cozy on tissue box. Arrange cheese slices as desired along the upper B row. Whipstitch top of cheese slice to B row, then using straight sts, sew down cheese edges.
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TOMATOES
Join F in st to the left of a cheese slice.
Row 1: Ch 3, sk 3 sts on cozy, work 1 dtr in the 4th st, (ch 3, dtr into same st as previous dtr) twice, ch 3, sk 3 sts on cozy, sl st in the 4th st. Fasten off and weave in ends. Rep for 2 more tomatoes.
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ONIONS
Cut a 2 yd (2 m) strand of G and join to cozy 2 spaces to the right of the left side of tomato (between the center and left of tomato).
Row 1: Ch 18, sk 8 sts, sl st to the 9th st on cozy, sl st in next st on cozy, ch 18, sl st in st to the left of joining. Rep for 2 more onions, being sure that they reach the cheese slices.
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SESAME SEEDS
Cut sesame seeds out of wool felt and attach to top of cozy with fabric glue as desired. OR embroider sesame seeds to top of cozy with B.
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Excerpted from Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects For Your Home.  Copyright © 2016 Creative Publishing International an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.

Used by permission of the publisher.

All rights reserved.

Photography by Stephanie Lee.


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9 Comments

  1. How fun is Twinkie Chan!! I had no idea there were so many cute patterns in this book. I really like the corn dog pen holders.

  2. The Banana Split Throw Pillow made me giggle. I’d love to make it.

  3. Just what I was looking for to make foods for my grandaughters new play kitchen.

  4. I love this book-give more than 5 stars!! Made the frosted animal cracker banner!!

  5. Thank you for the review. I love Twinkie Chan’s whimsical style!! It’s so much FUN! A must have for any crocheter especially me. 😀

  6. I would love to have this book, but haven’t seen it anywhere (yet). Such cute things 🙂

  7. I love all these food ideas for crochet items. So cute and creative. Thanks for sharing.