- Copertina flessibile: 111 pagine
- Editore: Interweave Pr (28 febbraio 2014)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1596687363
- ISBN-13: 978-1596687363
- Peso di spedizione: 431 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
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Rustic Modern Crochet: 18 Designs Inspired by Nature (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 16 gen 2014
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Yumiko Alexander is a designer of both knitting and crochet patterns. Currently residing in Chandler, Arizona, Yumiko was born in Japan and brings a unique organic sensibility to all her creations.
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One thing worth noting, the first pattern I chose to make was the Sea Flower wrap with instructions that had some mistakes (not all that uncommon for needlework publications--oopses happen). I checked the author's site (dandoh . com / pattern-errata) and found the corrections and penned them into my book. Worked like a charm.
If you're a beginner at crochet, I would suggest holding-off until you have either mastered difficult patterns or written any for yourself. I cannot stress enough how unclear these patterns are, and I am a skilled crocheter! The written directions for the cover-photo pattern are strange to follow, and a bit off. If you don't use the chart and/or count using the pictures, this will not turn out correctly. I bought the yarns to make the cover-pattern: "Sea Turtles" and the first pattern in the book: "Lacy Shoals". While I am currently working on Sea Turtles, I have glanced-over Lacy Shoals numerous times and it's given me a headache each time. Why? Because there's no clear directions on which strip to start with. Which strip is next? How do you attach them to each other? I am sure I'll figure it out once I sit down, yarn and hook in hand -- but really, when you pay over $20 for a book, it should not be giving you headaches -- much less have directions that aren't written in a basic: first, next, last, bullet-ed, numbered, by row/round -- simplicity. These directions turn what should be an enjoyable project into a puzzling and frustrating undertaking. And let's face it, we don't want to look at our end-results and be reminded of what a pain-in-the-arse it was to make!
I have to say I am very disappointed that Interweave published these written directions in this state. They barely follow normal pattern rules/guidelines for typical crochet patterns. I wonder why they did not edit, or perhaps bring in a more experienced crochet pattern writer to make sense, and double check the accuracy of the pattern directions? While I can muddle through, and fully intend to do so as the designs ARE gorgeous -- these items are going to take a lot longer to make simply by trying to decipher the written directions. They're a hot-mess. And clearly, I'm frustrated as I write this. I just don't like buying pattern books only to have to sit and re-write the patterns so they make sense as I am trying to hook!
One bonus: I am finally learning how to follow Japanese style crochet-patterns with the graphs included with each pattern (well, frankly it's because I have no choice)!
Next I am heading over to their website and hoping with fingers AND crochet-hooks crossed -- that Interweave did have someone with better experience in pattern-writing -- rewrite these patterns. Please please please!
The designs are lovely; the execution via Kindle is not.
I would like an abbreviation summary at the back of the book..and more detail charts..or more description of the whole pattern, for example, maybe saying at the end of rows..how many circles..etc.
Still, I was able to follow through the instructions and am well on my way!
I would like either an actual diagram ...of at least the beginning rows with circles and 3*doubles...not the abbreviated one..as the abbreviation makes it impossible to decipher.
The patterns look great, I am hoping author sees this, and responds somehow...as I want to make many patterns from this book..
if anyone knows of a way to contact the author, please advise!!