Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living

Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living

by Brett Bara, Bara Brett


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ISBN-13: 9781596688377
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 852,845
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Brett Bara is the author of Sewing in a Straight Line: 25 Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight , editor of Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 Quick Weekend Projects , and host of the Emmy-nominated television series Knit and Crochet Now! She blogs about crafts, DIY, and food at

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Crochet Kaleidoscope was born out of my love of crochet, color, and geometry. While most of you likely share my love of crochet and color, my fascination with geometry is perhaps somewhat more obscure. Nevertheless, I imagine that many of you also find delight in the ways you can combine crocheted shapes to create intricate and exquisite tapestries.

Motifs are the bread and butter of crochet. From the humble, ubiquitous granny square to more complex and detailed shapes, motifs comprise the building blocks of an endless array of crocheted projects. The versatility of working with individual motifs is unparalleled; from one shape, you can create a blanket, a shawl, a cushion, or a rug. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination (and perhaps the size of your yarn stash!).

When I set out to write this book, I wanted to create shapes that could highlight the ways in which different combinations of colors, whether across a single motif or an entire project, could shift the appearance of the motif or project. In the same way that a twist of a kaleidoscope shifts what you see through the eyepiece, changing up yarn colors, or the order in which you use them, can alter the look of a crocheted piece. Crochet Kaleidoscope offers not only a compendium of crochet motifs of varying shapes and sizes, but also a compilation of alternative ways of working with the colors in motifs to achieve a variety of effects.

As you peruse the motifs in this book, try to envision what each might look like when worked in a different color scheme, or if you alter the rounds on which you change colors. What appears as a flower in one palette may be transformed into a more abstract shape when worked in an alternate palette. Motifs comprised of a single color will contribute to a very different finished object than motifs worked in multiple colors. I offer a substitute palette and/or order of colors for many of the motifs in this book; you can use these alternates as a concrete guide, or as more of a suggestion for how to begin experimenting with your own color ideas. I also offer color choice guidelines in the first chapter to kick-start your own exploration process.

Take some risks, reach beyond your color comfort zone, and let your imagination run wild when it comes to considering how to apply your own unique color schemes to the motifs in this book. With every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope, you're sure to land upon new and exciting ideas to apply to individual motifs, and to projects as a whole.

Happy Hooking!


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Bright & Modern Living Room
1. Happy Hexagons Throw
2. Ruffles & Ridges Pillow
3. Technicolor Cube Ottoman
4. Switchable Seasons Wreaths
5. Lace & Wire Bowl
6. Stitchy Nesting Dolls
7. Snowflake & Owl Buntings
8. kitty doorstop

Chapter 2: Tranquil Bedroom
9. Filet Zigs and Zags
10. Trinket Bowls
11. Chunky Doily Rug
12. Pinwheel Baby Blanket
13. Tissue Box Cozy
14. Chevron bed spread
15. Stitch sample bolster

Chapter 3: Colorful Kitschy Kitchen
16. Nested Squares Dish Cloths
17. Blooming Potholders
18. Watermelon Coasters
19. Racy Pink Runner
20. Overstuffed Seat Cushions
21. Tiered Tea Cozy
22. Flowering Trivets
23. Scrubbies
24. Pan handlers
25. Berry pie

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Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
This crochet pattern book is a collection of 25 different projects from different designers, so you are getting a nice variety here. The three chapters in the book are Bright and Modern Living Room, Tranquil Bedroom and Colorful Kitschy Kitchen. The book jumps right into the patterns and abbreviations and techniques are discussed at the end. I'd say this pattern book is great for crocheters who are advanced beginners and onward. I wish I could stay home and crochet every single thing in this book, they are all so nice. I think it's seeing crocheted items here and there throughout the home, gives any room a nice extra touch. ..Nothing makes a house more like a home than filling it with your own personal touches-and what better way to do that than with crochet? Even if you don't have a ton of time to dedicate to yarn and hook, a few well-chosen handmade accessories will go a long way toward personalizing your abode... p.5, Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living I whipped up the Blooming Potholder. The pattern was clearly written, easy to follow and fairly quick to work up. I love the way this turned out and am already working on one for my mom. This is a new favorite pattern! With such a nice variety of sweet and cozy crochet patterns, Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living has become an instant favorite. I'm happy to have it in my pattern book collection. I recommend this one to crocheters looking to spruce up their home décor or looking to create nice presents for friends and loved ones. disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and designers, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my copy of Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.