Saturday 1 November 2014

Beginner's Guide to Crochet

So here it is.

It's been a long time in the planning and making and now my book is available to pre-order worldwide (from here and lots of other wonderful retailers) and is due for release in April.
Perfect for complete beginners and experienced crocheters alike, it includes twenty new projects to keep your hook busy. 
(And might I add, it's a rather big book, being some 120- odd pages long, so good value for money, too.)

Here's a reminder of some of the projects in progress:

Oooo, something using Moss stitch.

Bertie Bear. What a cutie.

Granny stripes and pompom trim? Could it get any better?

Yes it could. Humungous pompoms.

And a humungous project using mahooooosive yarn.
Traditional Grannies too.

And sweet little hearts.

Here's the official blurb:

You want to learn crochet, but have no idea where to start? You would love to set to work on some gorgeous yarny creations, but find patterns and charts confusing and scary? Then let author Sarah Shrimpton guide you through the basics, with this book you'll learn to crochet and complete your first project in just one day! 

To top this, did you know there are actually only a handful of stitches you need to learn to be competent at this super-yarny craft? It’s what you do with them that can create something as simple as a dishcloth or as complicated as a teddy bear. 

Beginner’s Guide to Crochet comprehensively teaches all the basic crochet techniques, skills and stitches to get you started. Each new technique is explained with accompanying photographs and diagrams and is followed directly with a project utilizing those skills. Later projects combine several techniques and stitches helping you to develop your skill set and tackle more complicated projects.

There are 20 modern projects, plus a section dedicated to 'extreme crochet', using t-shirt yarn to create larger-than-life crocheted creations. The author's chatty, informal style will take you on on your journey from newbie to fully-fledged crocheter in no time. 

Before you know it you'll be crocheting everything from scarves and hats to the obligatory granny blanket with ease, and making fantastic homemade presents for friends and family.

With crochet becoming incredibly popular, newbie crocheters are increasingly looking for entry-level content that contains all the basic stitches alongside attractive, accessible projects.  

The 20 projects include a cafetiere cosy, trellis scarf, teddy bear, a tablet cosy and of course, no crochet book would be complete without the staple granny blanket. Plus a section dedicated to 'extreme crochet', using t-shirt yarn to create larger-than-life crocheted creations. There is a distinctly modern feel to the projects and the author's chatty, informal style takes readers' on their journey from newbie to fully-fledged crocheter with ease. 

It's all rather exciting, really!
I hope you like it.

Happy weekend to you all,
Sarah x


  1. It looks fabulous!!!!! Oh my goodness I am so excited for you and proud of you too.

    1. Thanks you so very much, Meredith! It's been a wonderful project to work on xx

  2. congratulations my dear!!!!! wish you and your book all the best!!!!!!
    xxxxxx and happy weekend, Ale

  3. This is so exciting Sarah....congratulations! I'm sure it was a lot of hard work and I wish you loads of success.
    jacquie x

  4. this looks AMAZING! Well done on your book deal, you must be so proud :) x

  5. How fantastic Sarah! Well done, your book looks wonderful. Sam x

  6. Congratulation Sarah! The projects looks great!

  7. How great is this! A BIG congrats to you, the book looks great. I have made your mouse before and I love the hearts and the cloud rug.

    Congrats again,
    Birgitta xx

  8. Congratulations!! This is testament to your crochet prowess!! Well done - it looks fantastic and I adore Bertie Bear! J9 x

  9. Yippee! Im so pleased for you (and myself!) Cant wait to get a copy :0)
    I have just started my own little blog, and for my second post I plan to put together a list of my fav craft blogs (mainly crochet of course!!) and would like your permission (pretty please) to make a little collage of some of your crochet pic's to go on the list, all linked back to yourself of course!
    Lisa x

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you very much!
      And of course you can use some of my pics. Enjoy your blog,
      Sarah x

  10. So exciting!! Congratulations!! The pictures look great!
    Kate :}

  11. I will certainly look out for your book in April.


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Sarah Xx