Book Review

I love books of any type and lately its been all about craft books.  I got some at Christmas & I am slowly getting through them.

Going to just have a look at this book today called
‘Crochet Home’ – 20 vintage modern crochet projects for the home by Emma Lamb.

Anyone that knows the name of Emma Lamb will know how great her work is. She is a British designer and has been featured in the likes of Mollie Makes to Inside Crochet.  This book deals with, yes vintage modern projects for your home.  They range from beautiful throws, cushions to potholders to sun catchers, the book is so visually appealing and you could look just look at the pictures and be happy.  It’s a visual treat for the eyes.  She explains her patterns well and uses the most gorgeous yarns.

The books itself is broken down into these sections

  • Pattern Abbreviations & Symbols
    There is a very detailed list here and she does use charts throughout the book on all the patterns as well as the written instructions.  I am trying to get used to reading charts.  You also have side by side chart symbols in UK and US terminology, which is a bonus.
  • Getting Started
    She gives information on charts, tension and blocking.
  • The book then starts into Garlands & Decorations.  These are just so lovely and the colours she uses are very appealing. I am currently working on the oversized wallflower hanging, this uses t-shirt yarn.  I was delighted to see this project in the book as I had some of this yarn & was wondering what to do with it.  These patterns are very beginner friendly and easy to whip up.  She has included garlands, a polka dot streamer, paper flower charms, this uses paper twine and a blossom wreath, the flowers here are worked in linen, which is a first for me & lastly a suncatcher.
  • The next section deals with potholders.  I know you might not think this is going to be very exciting but again the colours and techniques she uses are lovely.  I am going to try my hand at the Filet Daisy potholder.  There are charts all the way through to help guide you if the written instructions seem daunting.  She starts with a simple folk circle potholder and works up 5 patterns in total in this section.  These are great small projects with a nice selection of stitches.
  • Cushions and blankets/throws are covered in the final sections of the book.  I especially love the Fabulous Rose Cushion.  It has colourful layers of petals against a cream background, it’s kinda like a 3D effect the way it’s done.  There are 5 patterns to chose from. Also it’s good to note there are no fiddly zips to be worrying about on the cushions, she uses simple button fastenings.  All the designs are versatile and she uses a great colour palette but you can easily substitute your own of course.  She has 3 patterns for the blankets/throws, again in great colour choices, I especially love the Granny Chic Pinwheel blanket, very modern and a great take on granny chic.
  • Lastly, the book deals with techniques and has some handy pictures to guide you along. This makes it accessible to all skill levels I think, as she covers a lot.  Details on the suppliers she uses are also given.

Here’s a peek at my work in progress  – this is from her pattern on the wall hanging using t-shirt yarn ……….

Crochet Wall Hanging in T-Shirt Yarn


Crochet Wall Hanging in T-Shirt Yarn


Crochet Flowers

The above is her flower garland pattern, a very simple project but lovely all the same.

All in all, a great visual appealing book with great instructions.  Not a hint of old granny but new modern granny!

You can find more on Emma here.

I hope to have this wall hanging finished soon, would you like to see?

What are your thoughts on Emma’s book? Or have you tried any of her patterns before?

Till next time !