Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker by Lindsay Smith

source: free review copy via NetGalley
title: Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker by Lindsay Smith
published: Dover Publications (November 18, 2015)
pages: 96
genre: crochet/crafting
rated: 4 out of 5

Experience the enduring charms of the holiday classic in an entirely different way! This version of the beloved tale is illustrated with full-color images of crocheted characters. Each chapter of the adventure ― from the Christmas Eve party to the fierce battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King to the visit to Toyland and beyond ― features complete instructions for crocheting charming representations of the story’s personalities and props.

Twelve easy-to-follow patterns depict Marie and her Nutcracker, the Mouse King, the enchanted clock, a Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped gifts, and other festive figures. Well-illustrated instructions specify yarn colors, materials, gauge, and abbreviations for stitches; a Techniques section offers guidance to crocheters. All patterns specify yarns that are readily available in craft stores. The ideal gifts for all Nutcracker enthusiasts, these amigurumi figures are keepsake treasures that will brighten every holiday season.

My thoughts:
First off, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and I hope you are all enjoying the holidays with your loved ones. I thought today was a good day to post my thoughts on this crochet pattern book.

Lindsay Smith has created twelve patterns inspired by the beloved classic story, The Nutcracker.
What I like here is that the patterns are easy to follow and the presentation is very well done. How cute are these little holiday themed creations? The characters are introduced before each crochet pattern with snippets from the book, which I thought was a nice touch. There is a Technique section at the end of the book to help guide you as well.
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There are patterns for Godpapa Drosselmeier, Christmas presents, The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy and more. I made a Gingerbread Man and turned him into a Christmas ornament. The pattern was simple to follow and the instructions were clear.

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Overall, Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker by Lindsay Smith is a nice crochet pattern book inspired by The Nutcracker.

Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my free copy of Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker by Lindsay Smith via NetGalley. The photos in this post are my own and are not to be removed from here.

13 thoughts on “Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker by Lindsay Smith

  1. Hi Naida,

    I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations. We spent the day with my family, including our 12 week old great nephew and my nintey year old father, so all in all, a fantastic day.

    As most of the country outside of the retail and hospitality sectres, have a total of 4 days holiday this year, we are hosting my sister-in-law and her husband tomorrow.

    I probably wouldn’t think to crochet items like those featured in your latest pattern selection, as I mostly make things for resale in the charity shop and we are legally no longer able to retail hand made items which do not conform to EU regulations, including the visible CE labelling, which it is almost impossible to obtain without stringent testing.

    Your characters would make unique decorations for your own personal Christmas tree though, that is if you are intending to make the full set?

    A nice seasonal post and a relaxing way to spend your holiday time, thanks for sharing 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne, it sounds like you are having a wonderful Christmas with family. That’s the best part of the holidays when it brings family together.
      I know you have mentioned the regulations over there concerning handmade toys and items.
      I won’t be making the entire set, I made the gingerbread man this time and placed him on my tree. I had been working on a stuffed bunny for my niece which I will post this upcoming week on my mailbox monday.
      Happy New Year to you!


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