Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Simply Crochet

Ok, so it's not exactly fair that I'm reviewing this book... since I'm IN IT! It's Robyn Chachula's new book, Simply Crochet.  The book is now available in hardcopy and ebook formats from Interweave Press.

The book is based on the 1, 3, or 5 balls of yarn. My Dots and Dashes blanket, is 5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft.
Of Course Robyn has several of the 22 designs in the book, but she also included many designers you might also enjoy:  Rebecca Velasquez (the cover design! GO REBECCA!) Marly Bird, Linda Permann, Kristin Omdahl, Doris Chan, Margaret Hubert and several more.

All the designs are shown in both written and stitch diagram instructions. There are several accessories and several garments, a few kids garments, a few household items. All in all, there is a little something for everyone.

I love this little Natalie shrug by Megan Granholm, so SWEET!
Interweave Press is offering a prize for one lucky blog reader.  Leave a comment on this post by Thursday night at midnight Eastern, December 22nd with your first name and city. I'll randomly pull a name from the comments, and post it on Friday. The winner will need to email me ASAP, because you'll win a coupon for a DIGITAL copy of the book!  Which means the sooner you claim your book the faster you can start enjoying your prize. 

HAHA, I guess I didn't really talk about my blanket, did I? LOL.  I'm truly in love with ovals.  I just think they are so elegant and interesting.  Of course that means that they fit wonderfully into an oval box.  Paired with the circles in squares, it's almost like little exclamation points.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robyn Like you is a wonderful designer!And this book has so many patterns! Look like fun!
Deb S., NY

Kathie McG said...

TY for the review! Looks like this is a good sampling of different creations and well worth a closer look.

Anne said...

I'd love to win this book! I'm just starting to make a project list for 2012, so it would come in handy!

Haley said...

This book is amazing! I've been following Robyn's review of it on her blog and can't wait to get my hands on a copy!! My stash is crying out for a book like this - if I don't reduce it soon, I'll be put on a yarn-diet. Yikes!

p.s. My copy is in the mail so don't include me in the drawing :o)

fatima said...

This looks like a book I'd like to add to my collection. You can never have too many ideas.

fatima said...

This looks like a book I'd like to add to my collection: you can never have too ideas.

Andrea said...

I love Robyn's designs. Hope I win this book!

Andrea

Andrea said...

I love Robyn's designs.

Andrea B.

Dars said...

Fun new patterns!

Katalin said...

Can I apply from Europe? I would love to have this book.
Kata, Budapest

Greenmtnknitter said...

There are so many things in this book I am dying to make!!
Maureen, VT

TN teacher said...

Great patterns! Love your blanket, and only 5 balls of yarn!

Katelyn said...

I still can't believe that there is a blanket in this book! It doesn't seem possible to make it with 5 balls or less! Thanks for the great giveaway, can't wait to see the book!

Kate, Fleetwood

Sherry said...

This book looks fabulous!

Ashley said...

I've been eyeing this for awhile, love the patterns!

Ashley : Flint, MI
madaleysah at gmail dot com

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I love the design! Marie in NYC.

fracksmom said...

wow a nice Christmas Present

Marolee, Whittier, CA

aka Fracksmom on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I've just picked crochet back up in the last year and would love to win this inspiring book! Thank you for this opportunity!
carol
lcconnallyATgmailDOTCOM

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict said...

The patterns in this book look fantastic. SusanD1408 from Bolton in U.K.

whenonedoorcloses said...

Love the blanket. Really cute and colorful.

Paula Annapolis MD

Carmel said...

I love this book, and everything I've seen so far. I have a lot of 1-2-3 balls of yarn, so this is a book for me. :)

Carmel in Newnan, GA

Anna Bananas said...

Ohhh man! I'd love to win this book!! I LOVE your blanket!!
Anna From Lebanon, OH

Stitch 'n Frog said...

I love crochet patterns and crochet pattern books! So naturally I'd love to win the book~

Being disabled now, I have a LOT of Sit 'n Stitch time, and new patterns draw me like a moth to flame. ~LOL~

Gail E., Tifton

Kacy said...

I love the circles and rectangles together. And it only takes 5 skeins! Wow!

Maren said...

I love all of the designs and really want my own copy! My 11 year old daughter was admiring your designs along the right side of the page....

Kimberly and Abby said...

Looks like another great stash-busting pattern book. :-)

Kimberly, Charleston, SC

Traci said...

I have this book on my wish list so it would be nice to win it and save myself some money!

Traci from FL

SpringSplndr said...

I love the ovals! I was in B&N today looking for Robin's new Encyclopedia and other crochet books. Thanks for the review!

Andrea G., Long Island, NY

Julie said...

What a great giveaway, it would be a perfect Christmas gift for me!

Julie in Ellicott City MD

Anonymous said...

Hi Ellen! I'd love to get a copy of this book. One of my crochet goals for 2012 is stash reduction:) All of the projects I've seen so far look really great! Thanks for hosting the book give away! Sheila, Mount Prospect, IL

cbk said...

Looks like a great book, I'd love to win!

Iesadora said...

MMmmmmmm yummy book =D Keeping my fingers crossed!

Steph said...

Really fun pattern! Great job! Looks like a terrific book.

Yarn Twins said...

Hee Hee...It cracked me up that talking about your own project was an after thought. Love the colors. It's so cheerful!

Kim said...

I love the blanket- I want to make it in greys and blues for my nephew!

Kim
Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Zsuzska said...

Supercool pattern in a supercool bool. I would love to win it :)

Danielle said...

I am so stoked for this book! Danielle H from Pocatello, ID :)

Nancy said...

Does anyone have further explanation for the fan details on the flapper hat? The wording is a little unclear for an intermediate beginner (like me) help!

Thank you