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“Mandalas to Crochet”

maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-09When I found Haafner’s beautiful blog for the first time, my heart skipped a beat……
I had just re-entered the world of crochet, and although I was not a very experienced crocheter at that time, I instantly knew I was looking at an extremely talented crocheter’s work.

Not only is Haafner’s crochet immaculate, her designs/patterns and use of colors are one of a kind as well.
I loved making her “Popcorn Blanket”, my “Baby blanket Justine” – it’s fascinating to see how the squares form a pattern-within-the-pattern once they’re joined.maRRose - CCC --- Babyblanket Justine-14

We connected via Instagram, and I was thrilled to read last Summer that she was writing a crochet book!
Even more thrilled when back in October of last year, she asked Andrée and me for some book advice, and I was able to test run one of her gorgeous patterns – an honor, really.maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-11maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-08

And then last Friday “Mandalas to Crochet” landed on my doormat …….
What a wonderful-wonderful book! I can’t help myself: I love everything about it!
The patterns are – no surprise – beautiful and unique, and there’s an attention to detail that I’ve rarely seen before.
I don’t know how she did it, but the patterns are concise, yet very easy to follow, and all patterns have fab charts also. Photography throughout the book is ace, and the section “Before you Begin” is so informative, every crocheter can benefit from the tips&tricks Haafner gives here.
Last but not least: I love how she has incorporated seven gorgeous and different projects that all use a particular mandala pattern from the book.

The book is already published – in English – in the UK and South-Africa, will soon be out in the USA, and a Dutch translation is underway.

maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-03aThe big mandala in grey/blue/black/off white was the project I made last October; I’ll probably add some more rounds and turn it into a cushion cover.

maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-12Yesterday I made the small one, which is a little present for one of my nieces. A collector of fine bone china tea cups, I hope she’ll like this recent lucky thrift store find, that now has a matching coaster.
maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-07 maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-06Love,
Marianne xx


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