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“The Art of Crochet Blankets” – book review & giveaway

“The Art of Crochet Blankets” – book review & giveaway

Oh, you guys! There is such a won-der-ful & inspirational new crochet book on the market!
The mere fact that it’s been written by one of the queens of crochet – someone I’ve both admired and learned a ton of crochet techniques from – the renowned Rachele Carmona is (or at least was for me) a reason to instantly preorder&buy this book. I literally could not wait for its release, and I’m so pleased it’s finally here!

I think we have all seen Rachele / Cypress Textiles and her fantastic innovative work, her many beautiful blankets, and her blog filled to the brim with very helpful crochet tips/tricks/tutorials. If you haven’t yet, you should really do yourself the favor of hopping right over to her IG and blog.
As I said, I’ve learned quite a few fantastic techniques from her. For instance, Rachele’s ace tutorials on the continuous-join-as-you-go and her pull-loop-through have definitely improved my crochet game big time.

Looking back, I’ve not only enjoyed learning from and being inspired by Rachele, I’ve actually crocheted one of her patterns, the pretty “Chevron 2.0 Blanket”. Going through my archives to find pictures of that blanket, I discovered another fab Cypress Textiles-pattern I bought, the “Zendoodle Blanket”, but have not found the time to crochet it yet.
A situation that has only gotten worse now that her book is out, and as far as I’m concerned almost all of the 18 lovely new designs carry the tag “crochet me”, especially the “Ombré Stripe”, the “Boho Desert” (shown below), the “Multifaceted” and the “Layered Waves”, four of my favorites.

There are two things that I particularly loooove about “The Art of Crochet Blankets”: firstly Rachele’s unique signature. You see, she has experimented before – and does this in the book again – with different kind of shapes and patterns coming together in 1 design. By doing so, I think she’s has opened a new window as to how we can look at crochet and the endless possibilities it offers. Just when you think “everything has been done already”, and how you can only distinguish yourself by your color choices, Rachele shows us an array of new possibilities.

The second thing that is very different and unique about this book is how Rachele used the art work of 6 inspiring modern makers and their art forms (weaving, digital art, screen printing, quilting and even paper crafts) to create her 18 gorgeous crochet blankets. There is information about every one of the 6 artists, and how their specific work inspired Rachele to design ‘their’ blankets. I really liked that as well – very, very interesting indeed!

It goes without saying that Rachele has covered all standard crochet bases in the book too: patterns are written out, many have diagrams for layouts and colors, there are charts for some patterns, as well as quite some explanation regarding construction. Many different construction methods are used throughout the book and all of them are perfectly explained. Special techniques in diagram and written format that cover joining, changing color, adding edge stitches and finishing tips can be found in the book too, as well as a full list of abbreviations, a glossary and key for the charts.
All details on where to buy the book can be found here!

Being all inspired after having gone through the book and ‘simply for the fun of crocheting’, I started on two of the designs. I’m not sure what I was thinking, because due to the omnipresent lack of time, of course I can’t show you anything finished yet … Since I’m seriously liking the start of both though, something very pretty will come out of this, eventually!

Rachele and her publisher have very kindly offered a copy of “The Art of Crochet Blankets” that I’m allowed to give away to one of you!
Please leave a comment under this blog post, make sure I can reach you via email, and ‘you’re in’, it’s that easy!
The giveaway is open internationally, and will close Saturday December 1, 2018 (24:00 CET); a random number generator will pick a winner. If I do not hear back from the winner within 24 hrs after notification, a new winner will be drawn. Good luck to all!

Marianne xx

edit: this giveaway is now closed – thank you all for participating! xx

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