Creative Play with Crochet illustrates twelve yarn projects that are appropriate for beginners.
These projects require large size hooks and yarn; each can be completed with speed. Finger crocheting, which requires no hooks at all, is also incorporated. The finished products include two scarves, worked as long rectangles and worn cowl-style; a hooded, wrap-around shawl; and appealing pompom-topped stocking caps for all audiences. But many of the projects are geared toward younger crafters, including a clever, layered double-decker cheeseburger that unfolds to make a long scarf; an oversized hot dog and bun; and a watermelon that splits in half.
Crocheted hearts are among the projects, displayed as a multicolored garland, while a beehive surrounded by a half dozen bees is an eye-catching, soft, and safe mobile. And a clever roll-up mat unscrolls to become a stovetop scene with movable crocheted burners, knobs, and a sink—a compact take along to keep young ones busy.
These projects allow for any choice of colors, though most of the finished projects pictured come in bright primary shades. The written instructions are accessible, even to those with minimal crocheting experience, though the small, single picture photographs may stump absolute beginners. A larger scale drawing comes later in the book to display how finger crochets work; it illustrates the basic slip knot stitch on which crochet is based well.
These projects will be useful in teaching helpful techniques, like changing colors, increasing and decreasing, and using color and stitches to create effects like bubbles, clusters, and the distinctive chevron pattern seen in afghans and throws. None require complex blocking or joining pieces together.
Creative Play with Crochet is filled with fast projects that expand the craft while leaving plenty of room for inspiration and personalized color options.
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