Monday, 4 September 2017

35 Crocheted Bags by Emma Friedlander-Collins

35 Crocheted Bags by Emma Friedlander-Collins
Published in the UK by Cico Books in September 2016.

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How I got this book:
Received as a gift

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Using the latest colours and techniques, Emma Friedlander-Collins brings you a fun and functional collection of bags to crochet. There are bags for carrying around all your essentials, such as the Aztec Shoulder Bag made in tapestry crochet, and the Strawberry Handbag. Then there are totes and holdalls, including a Spring Shopper with neon-bright trim, and a Hipster Duffle in green and khaki – perfect for camping and festivals, or just for when you’ve got a lot to carry. To complete the set, there are cases and covers, such as a Zig-zag Glasses Case to match the Aztec Shoulder Bag, a Pencil Case and a cover for your e-reader. With a techniques section covering all the basic stitches and tapestry crochet, instructions on lining your bag, and suggestions for variations to make each design your own, you will be able to make a bag that is both beautiful and useful, as well as unique.

35 Crocheted Bags is a great resource for practical crochet patterns. It includes clear instructions for all kinds of bags from large totes and satchels to coin purses and glasses cases and I like that many are designed to be made with thick, chunky yarns. I can get from pattern to finished product pretty quickly! Friedlander-Collins has a good eye for quirky details so, for example, a green-edged circular bag with the addition of a couple of brown embroidered 'pips' resembles a slice of apple! Instructions also include methods for attaching various types of straps, handles and closure fastenings all of which give their respective bags a new style. 35 Crocheted Bags probably isn't ideal for an absolute novice crocheter, but for someone like me who has already grasped the basics it is inspirational both in its existing patterns and in providing jumping-off points for my own projects.

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  2. I'm selling my copy of 35 Crocheted Bags on eBay right now!