Book Review/Blog Tour: “Elegant, Fashionable, Chic Accessories to Crochet”

I’m thrilled to take part in Karen McKenna’s blog tour for her first book, “Elegant, Fashionable, Chic Accessories to Crochet”. I haven’t “officially” met Karen in person, but I look forward to meeting her next month at the CGOA Conference in Charlotte, NC. For more information about CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) and this conference, click here.

Karen’s book is published by Annie’s and can be purchased here as a pdf download. It will also be available in print in a few weeks. Here’s a photo of the front cover of Karen’s book:

"Elegant, Fashionable, Chic Accessories to Crochet" front cover

“Elegant, Fashionable, Chic Accessories to Crochet” front cover

Now many of you know that I like “challenging” patterns. But from time to time, I enjoy an “easy” pattern and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this book. Karen has done a great job of designing these patterns. There are 6 sets of accessories in this book. All sets have 2-3 items in them for your head, neck and/or hands. The patterns in this book include 4 hats, a headband, a head wrap, 4 scarves, 3 pairs of mitts, 1 pair of mittens and 2 pairs of gloves (each mitt/mitten/glove has either no fingers, partial fingers, full fingers or finger spaces). So there are lots of options to choose from! The Metro set (below in black) includes seed beads. And the thumb, as well as the index finger, have tips that fold back to allow you to text. How clever! The Pacific Northwest set (below in red and shown on the front cover) includes nice buttons for a finishing touch.

 

Here are some photos of these lovely sets:

Desert Southwest set

Desert Southwest set

Heartland set

Heartland set

Metro set

Metro set

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England set

New England set

Pacific Northwest set

Pacific Northwest set

Purple Mountain set

Purple Mountain set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had some Cascade 220 Superwash yarn in my stash, so I decided to try one of the patterns last week. I chose the mitts of the Heartland set (the set with the cute guy model!). These mitts have partial fingers in them, which I think is great! How do you like my mitts?:

My Heartland gloves

My Heartland mitts/gloves

Yes, I crocheted 2 mitts, but I had to hold the camera with my other hand to take the photo! You can see that it “fits like a glove” (pun intended)!

If you’re a fan of “easy” patterns and you’d like to win a copy of this book, Karen is giving away a signed copy, along with a skein of Casablanca yarn by Cascade Yarns on her blog here. Just follow the instructions and you might be the lucky winner! You can read about the other participants in Karen’s blog tour on her site, as well. There are many talented people taking part, so you won’t want to miss any of them!

Good luck and happy crocheting,

Susan

 

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One Response to Book Review/Blog Tour: “Elegant, Fashionable, Chic Accessories to Crochet”

  1. auntkaren says:

    Thanks Susan, the gloves look great….on the road will meet you in a few weeks..

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