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Rustic Modern Crochet by Yumiko Alexander

coverMost of us who crochet tend to look to the internet when we are searching out new ideas or inspiration. In this age of Pinterest, Ravelry, and a tremendous amount of crochet video tutorials on YouTube, sometimes it’s hard to imagine what a crochet book might offer that the internet does not.

In the book “Rustic Modern Crochet: 18 Designs Inspired by Nature” by Yumiko Alexander, the benefit is found in the innovation of the designs and patterns.

Yumiko Alexander is not just a master at crochet, but an incredibly gifted designer as well. The crochet patterns offered in “Rustic Modern Crochet” are truly out of the ordinary. Inspired by the natural world (particularly sea life), the finished pieces look like a combination of wearable art and haute couture.


contentsThere are 18 patterns in this book, and the majority of them are for shawls, scarves, and shrugs.

Each garment is named for the sea life that inspired it, and each pattern is completely unique and quite stunning. I’ve seen a lot of crochet patterns in my online travels, and I can honestly say I haven’t seen many things like the designs in this book.

2The caveat to that is some of the designs are more about being fashionable than they are about being versatile.

If you are looking for instructions on how to crochet a timeless, traditional, heavy-duty  sweater that will keep you warm through through the next decade of winters, “Rustic Modern Crochet” is not the source for information on how to do that.

However, if you are looking for interesting and innovative ways to crochet yarn into fascinating yet completely wearable apparel, you should absolutely consider adding this book to your collection.

Because the designs are progressive, this is not a good book for total beginners. Although there are wonderful pattern guides, including illustrated layouts, the variation in crochet stitches requires a bit of experience.

5However, if you have the patience, the crochet experience, and are looking for a fresh and modern take on crochet, “Rustic Modern Crochet” is an inspiring and unconventional book full of really  designs. Overall, I rate this book as highly recommended.

One very important note about “Rustic Modern Crochet” is that (like happens to many pattern books) it went to press with a few errors in the patterns. If you visit Yumiko Alexander’s “Pattern Errata” webpage, you will find necessary corrections.

Pros

  • Innovative and inspiring crochet designs.
  • Well-presented instructions and patterns.
  • Beautiful photographs and layout throughout.

 Cons

  • Projects may be too complex for beginners.
  • Designs may not be to everyone’s taste.
  • There are several errors in the crochet patterns in the book so you’ll have to download corrections.

Rustic Modern Crochet: 18 Designs Inspired by Nature by Yumiko Alexander is published by Interweave Press and is available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon.com.

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Chel Micheline is a mixed-‐‑media artist and writer living in Southwest Florida. After receiving her Master's Degree in Media Studies in 1999, Chel spent several years as a graphic artist before deciding to focus on both writing and mixed media art. In addition to writing regular columns for several online and print publications, Chel spends significant time in her art studio working on jewelry design and various mixed media projects. In 1995, Chel began to design and maintain the website Gingerblue. Originally intended to be a multimedia art experiment, Gingerblue soon evolved into one of the very first personal journals on the internet, and also hosted several collaborative projects for other writers and artists. Over fifteen years later, Chel is still writing regularly at Gingerblue, pondering everything from paintbrushes to philosophy to life with her husband, Tom, and her daughter, Gracie.
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