I was contacted by the team at ‘Love Crafts‘ before Christmas and asked if I’d like to do a product review. Love Crafts is a huge website which offers yarns, accessories, products, patterns, community and inspiration for all kinds of crafts including crochet, knitting and sewing! There’s loads to discover so do have a look…
I always love a book so agreed to do a book review and the one which caught my eye was ‘100 Bright and Colourful Granny Squares‘ by Leonie Morgan
So I was sent a copy and here’s my review…First impressions are that it really is colourful! 🙂 Lots of variations and there are some gorgeous squares. I love that they can be mixed and matched to create amazing blankets, cushions and endless projects… there are plenty of suggestions for this in the book… 🙂
The patterns are written in UK crochet terminology and there’s a really helpful patten chart for each square if you prefer to follow patterns in this format…
To really test the patterns some squares needed to be made and I was of course immediately drawn to the square called ‘Baltic Sea’…
I enjoyed crocheting it very much! 🙂 But for those of you who read my previous blog post you’ll know my hooks have been super busy recently and I didn’t have time to make too many more. So what better way to test the book than to ask others including beginners!
So my daughter crocheted a square… a twist on the traditional granny square with taller stitches. She found the pattern easy to follow…
I used the book during a 1-1 crochet lesson with lovely Lindsay who I’ve been enjoying teaching… this was a real test for the pattern! It worked really well using the book in this way… a small project which could be achieved in a short amount of time and it taught pattern reading too… Lindsay crocheted it beautifully!
Then I asked the ladies at my local crochet group to crochet a square – they sent me these photos of their progress…
Thank you Liz and Justine! 🙂
They both did say that it was harder than they thought it would be… so there are obviously a mix of easy designs and more challenging ones in the book. And of course each different crochet book will have its own style of pattern writing which can take a little getting used to if you’re used to other styles.
I wanted to try one more square myself so decided on the ‘She Sells Seashells’ square – another coastal inspired square!
I liked that it’s a square crocheted in rows rather than in the round. There are quite a few of these in the book…
Again, I enjoyed crocheting it and I found the pattern well written and easy to follow. There are suggestions in the book for edgings and how to join the squares, plus a guide on how to read the pattens and charts as well as a couple of pages on ‘Working with Colour’.
It’s a lovely book which I can certainly recommend! 🙂
Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂
What a great review! I really like that the squares turn out the same size.
Thank you Tracey… yes it’s a book which gives so many possibilities! 😊❤️
Thank you for the great review. Have ordered the book. I think a great way to use up that ever growing stash and learn new techniques all based on the simple granny square. I love making blankets so this will add to my growing pile.
Sounds perfect for you! And yes, really great for using that stash – 😊❤️ enjoy!
It looks to be a really good book to get to know all the different stitches and in lovely colours too. Great review, Eleonora. Xx🌸🌸
Thank you so much Jenny! 😊❤️
After reading this I have ordered the book, I will let you know how I get on with it, thanks!!!
Good morning the postman just delivered my new book(100 bright and colourful granny squares). First impressions are very positive, I like the layout and beautiful selection of squares plus the easy to follow instructions. Also it gives an easy to follow chart for materials and amount for different blankets. I think I will try to make every square and join them together to make something beautiful. THANKS for the review!!!
Fantastic to hear! And I love your idea of joining all those squares… that will be really special! 😊❤️
I loved reading this review. The colors of these granny squares make me smile. I will buy this book. Thank you.
You’re very welcome… glad you enjoyed it! 😊❤️
I loved reading this review. The granny squares are so beautiful and colorful. They make me smile. I will buy this book. Thank you.
This book looks Great ! But I have wasted alot of money trying to find patterns I can read and understand. After a while I am really leery to spend money on a pattern that says easy “( Its finding the one designer that you can understand what they have written. I stopped crocheting for a long time because of this. I will wait to see what others say. I have a box and folder full of patterns I couldn’t do. Thank you for Sharing!
It’s amazing how different pattern writing styles can be! I understand your frustration… my tip is to read patterns very slowly and just do each step exactly as it says. This book is good….good luck! 😊❤️❤️