Quick and easy doesn’t mean boring, as this vibrant crochet guide attests. Twenty-four simple patterns, each of which can be finished in 24 hours or less, include garments, bags, and home accessories. They’re easy to pick up whenever you have a few moments to spare — but they’re hard to put down! You’ll be amazed at what you can create in such a short time.
Patterns include stylish hats, scarves, sweaters, and purses as well as afghans, doilies, and baby clothes. Full-color photos illustrate the easy-to-follow instructions, and a helpful “Refresher Course” offers diagrams of stitches and describes gauge. From a cute little sweater to a trendy scarf and a little black bag for a night on the town, these 24 patterns offer a terrific variety of projects that make great gifts and treasured keepsakes.
I have to start off by saying that I didn’t realize this crochet pattern book was published in 2005 when I requested it from NetGalley. On browsing this one some of the patterns do look outdated.
This set offers 24 crochet patterns that can each be finished in 24 hours or less. I found that the patterns included are very simple and you might even find similar ones online for free. This was a free review copy from NetGalley but one of my biggest things when purchasing crochet patterns is that I want to be paying for patterns that are unique and that I won’t find free of charge online.
While I was not a fan of the presentation, in particular the photos, the patterns themselves are well written and simple. This collection is good for beginners. There are patterns here for scarves, hats, baby items, purses and more. Each pattern gives you an approximate time for how long the project will take to complete.
There is also a “Refresher Course” at the end of the book with diagrams and a stitch guide like every good pattern collection should have.
Out of all the patterns, this Hipster Scarf is the one I liked. I have added this to my list of things to crochet.
I have to mention that one thing that made me cringe is the blurb on Amazon:
What would you like to have crocheted by tomorrow —a cardigan with a matching halter top? A cozy afghan? Perhaps a warm hat to ward off the wind? Then get out the needles and follow these patterns, because every one of them takes just a day to do.
Crocheters don’t use needles, we use hooks. Knitters use needles.
So, overall this is a collection of simple crochet patterns for beginners with clear instructions and would make a nice addition to your collection if you are a crocheting newbie and were looking to purchase a pattern book. However, if you are looking for great patterns, Lion Brand and Caron yarns are my go-to’s, and they offer them free of charge. I print patterns from there and keep them in a binder for reference.
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 24-Hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss via NetGalley. Nothing in this post is available for download, the photos are my own.