Book Review: Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagancomments (3) May 8th, 2008
Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagan is exactly what the title states: a great jumping-off point for designing your own projects. With large, clear, uncluttered photographs of each and every motif, this book is very visually appealing. To engage the reader’s imagination, Kagan uses a variety of colors and fibers in her swatches. This is a welcome change from bare bones resource books that use one blurry white fiber all the way through. Each swatch also includes written instructions and a symbol chart—a must-have, as far as I’m concerned. I find charts to be perfect for beginners who might not be comfortable reading patterns just yet, but be forewarned: there is very little information on making basic stitches, joining motifs, and reading charts (a symbol guide is provided, but that’s basically it), so you might want to save this book for when you’ve had a little practice.
Also included are 11 fashion and accessory projects to get you going. Each one is stylish and wearable without being too “trendy." They’re truly integrated into the feel of the book and won’t be outdated a few years from now.
Experienced crocheters may be slightly disappointed at the lack of new interpretations in stitch patterns (the “Fabric” section in this volume), so if you already own a few dictionaries, be sure to page through it first. I think you’ll find that the amazingly detailed motifs, grannies, and flowers sections more than make up for that. If you’re one of those crocheters who already has everything, this book is definitely worth checking out for color and design inspiration.