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Book Review: Colorful Crochet Lace by Mary Jane Hall

Colorful Crochet Lace
I loved reading Mary Jane’s introduction, and felt like I was right there in the room with her as she shared her excitement for creating this book of chic crochet patterns for us. Inspired by the architecture, fashions, gardens and culture of France, the patterns all carry French-inspired names. I couldn’t wait to take a look at this collaborative approach and to see how Mary Jane translated her inspiration into crochet!

Known for her exquisite styling when it comes to her pattern designs, this book is no exception! The pineapple is a classic crochet pattern, but used as a peplum on the cover design, Haute Couture, it is a perfect example of how Mary Jane uses vintage style to create on-trend fashions. She has also developed the use of another classic technique which she calls the Graduated Stitch Method as her signature approach to create elegant shaping in her garments.

As we’ve come to expect from the folks at Interweave, great diagrams, beautiful color photos and even symbol crochet bring together all the tools crocheters need to achieve great results.

Tunique Unique Pullover
Tunique Unique Pullover is shaped to flatter just about anyone’s shape and will even camorflage any flaws you might have!

Au Naturel Cropped Top
 Au Naturel cropped top is the perfect example of a lacy garment that fits both casual and more formal occasions. Paired with denim jeans, it is a winner because it looks so comfy and stylish at the same time.

 
Dominque Dress Overlay
I was particularly taken by the back of Dominique Dress Overlay because of the back opening which is not often seen along with the sweet buttons that complete it. Fairly easy, this pattern comes with bonus options, as it can be made as a crop top, skirt or tunic!

Colorful Crochet Lace offers 22 chic garmenets and accessories and you will have a tough time deciding with which one to start! Available at Interweave/F+W, it retails for $24.99


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