Design Your Own Crochet Projects book review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button, colorful cruiser patterns

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book Review

When I was asked to review Sara Delaney's new book Design Your Own Crochet Projects, I held my hand high. See, I love math. Now don't get click away just yet if math is not your thing because, although this book may use math to get you to your own custom pattern, it (along with a nifty online crochet calculator) does all the work for you. Let me explain.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

The book provides an incredibly detailed and cleverly simple way to design and make everything from hats, mittens, cowls, socks, scarves and fingerless mitts. It includes 18 already designed patterns for you to try, but then takes it all a step further by providing templates and formulas to design it your own way and in your own size based on your measurements.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

Here are the basic steps:


  1. Create a design plan, deciding on the size of the item, the stitches and colors you'll use, and any special features.
  2. Crochet, block and measure a swatch.
  3. Fill in the basic information worksheet. (Super easy)
  4. Calculate how much yarn you'll need.
  5. Use the Pattern Formula and Pattern Template to develop your pattern (use the online crochet calculator to do all of the math for you and for a printable pattern with all of your customized specifics).  
Easy peasy, huh?
 

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

I'm thinking I would really like to try these mittens. Aren't they so cool? You can start with the included pattern shown and build your own from there.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

I also really like this Leyden Cowl because of the texture of the stitch. (If you've spied the lovely Scheepjes Riverwashed--a new yarn with the same fiber content, lovely loft and easy-to-frog "fluff" as Stonewashed--you can find it *here.)

A couple of other things I really like about this book are that Sara takes plenty of time to explain the basics--everything from yarn construction and which is best for your project, to how to make a gauge swatch, to how to complete a variety of crochet stitches. She really covers the basics so that you can feel comfortable becoming a full-fledged designer.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)


Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

Also included is a Stitch Dictionary with several stitch patterns that can be worked in rounds or rows, depending on which design you are working.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

Storey Publishing has also been generous enough to provide one book for a lucky winner (US and Canada only). Enter to win your copy on my Facebook page here. (The giveaway will run from November 3, 1017 through 11/10/17 so don't wait!)

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

You can find your copy of this book and get designing at any of your favorite retailers or here on Amazon. I would love to hear your thoughts on it and how the design process using it works for you! 

You can follow and see more about Sara on Ravelry here, Facebook here, Instagram here, or here website Chicken Betty here.

Happy designing!

| On the Board | -- We were not placed on this earth to walk alone.  
                                           ~~Thomas S. Monson
Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns


**This post contains affiliate links while if used by you do not cost you any more, they provide me small compensation which allows me to continue providing free patterns and resources. A free review copy of Design Your Own Crochet Projects: Magic Formulas for Creating Custom Scarves, Cowls, Hats, Socks, Mittens & Gloves by Sara Delaney was provided to me by Storey. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

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