'Easy Crochet Weekend. 30 quick projects to make for your home and to wear' by Nikki Trench includes patterns and ideas for every skill level. There are different types of hats and scarves, socks, slippers and bags.
For the home, you can find cushions, place mats, very cute fruit shaped egg cosies and a crocheted cake selection that looks so real that you have to look twice before you realise that you can't eat them.
What surprised me about some of the more advanced projects was how much they looked like 'knitting' rather than plain crochet. They certainly challenged my perception of crochet! So if you like crochet and would like a book with quite a wide range of different and interesting patterns, then this is one book to get! Available from book depository.
The second book is even more playful and aimed at a younger audience. 'Crochet with One Sheepish Girl' is a collection of whimsical crochet projects by popular crochet blogger Meredith Crawford. The book is divided into several sections.
"Getting hooked" introduces materials and tools and basic techniques, all through detailed photographs.
The following three sections contain a range of projects for
- 'wearing' (cowls, a turban and a brooch plus ideas on how to use crochet to smarten up a plain sweater or shirt),
- 'living' (pillow cases, baskets, placemats, a gorgeous tea cozy, bags, coasters and an apron with heart pockets), and
- 'giving' (boxes for presents, garlands, ideas for decorating cards and gift tags using crochet and (again!) crocheted food and drinks, in this case a crochet latte and a crochet blueberry muffin.)
Both books are currently on sale at bookdepository.