Book Review, Crochet

Book Review: Mandalas to Crochet

Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen
30 Great Patterns

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The heart of this book is all about mandala patterns, but you’ll also find so much more.
The book is divided into 5 chapters covering essential information,  crocheting mandalas, borders and projects. All patterns are written in US terms

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Chapter One – Before you begin

Important information about the charts and patterns, tips and a crochet refresher course for those essential stitches and techniques. A section on yarns, hook sizes and color gets you started. A detailed section on how to get a seamless circle and how to keep you circles flat.

Chapter Two – Mandala Selector
A large scale photo index of all the mandala pattern in the book. Be inspired and find the mandala that is right for you.

28547706_10214023423726849_1450541723_oChapter 3 – Mandala Patterns
30 beautiful mandala patterns, which are accompanied by large charts, beautiful photography. The patterns are divided into 4  groups “Basic”, “Classic”, “Flowers” and “Something Special”.  Each pattern has written instructions and a chart.

This is a great book for beginners to advanced crocheters. The “Basic” section will get any new crocheter started on their mandala journey, learning the technique of crocheting in the round using basic stitches.  The “Classic” section uses a combination of stitches to create beautiful patterns and  larger mandalas. The “Flowers” section as you guessed is all themed on flowers.

Chapter 4 – Borders
5 mix and match borders  to add that extra touch to your mandalas.

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Chapter 5 – Projects

In this chapter you can take a step further by turning your mandalas in to beautiful garments, accessories and homewares, Boho Bag, Hotpads, Tablemats, Scarfs, Blankets and Rugs.

What do I think!
This book is a must for your crochet library. Why! Not only does the designer covers all the steps to making a mandalas, she explains how you can keep going to make it any size. The charts are clear and well illustrated, the written instructions are well written without any fancy flair, the large scale photography helps as a check point that you are on track. I love that she includes projects that can be made using any of the mandalas.  Great for gifts, craft trade shows and designers.

You can use any yarn, any weight and any color! Perfect projects for scrap busting. Modern with a vintage twist. True to the title, the book includes 30 different mandalas to try.

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