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Book Review: Vintage Modern Crochet by Robyn Chachula




Robyn Chachula is the "Wonder Woman of Crochet Design!" Not only has she appeared regularly as a crochet expert on the PBS show, Knit & Crochet Now, and continued to create pattern books that inspire her fans; but she has also created two children in the last few years!

A modern young designer, Robyn also has great admiration for the traditional fine thread motifs that would surely have been showpieces in her grandmother's home. Her talent lies in her ability to use classic stitch patterns that date back to the 1850s while transforming them to trending fashion!.

Zandstraat Jewelry by Robyn Chachula

Together with some of the most innovative crochet designers in the crochet world, her passion for breathing new life into classic stitch techniques inspires her team. Crochet is a vibrant art form, and the compelling use of vintage techniques in the book gives the reader designs in which they can look fabulous yet not out-dated!

Carefree Pullover by Natasha Robarge
Including 5 chapters, the book highlights a specific technique in each one: Pineapple lace, Bruges lace, Filet lace, Irish lace and Tunisian crochet. Robyn provides a brief yet interesting history of the technique in each chapter, and experts fill each one with inspired fashions. I particularly like Robyn's guidance at the beginning of each chapter that advises the crocheter on how to choose the pattern best suited to his/her skills or goals. "Technique Tidbits" also provide further insight into understanding what to expect from the patterns.

Bromelia Infinity Scarf by Moon Eldridge

Fidelma Motif Shawl by Cristina Mershon

Tunisian Swing Top by Megan Granholm
Perfect for any crocheter who respecst the traditions from our past and wants to dress fashionably today, I highly recommend Vintage Modern Crochet. Published by Interweave, it retails for $24.99.


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