Book Review: 9 Months To Crochet by Maaike van Koert

9 Months To Crochet cover design - blue baby booties 9 Months To Crochet by Maaike van Koert
Quarto Publishing Group UK RRP: $19.99 AUD

Honestly, I am beginning to think craft skills are genetic. You either have ‘the knack’ or you don’t. And like other aspects of genetics, if your mother is good at all things sewing and sticking, it doesn’t automatically follow that YOU will be any good at such things. My mother is great at this stuff – you see where I’m going with this.

Crochet is something I have tried and tried to ‘get’, but so far the struggle has been futile. I’m really hoping I can turn this around though, ‘cos 9 Months To Crochet is awesome! It’s marketed as a baby crochet patterns guide, but there’s a lot more you could do with these little gems … if you know how to crochet, that is.

The perfect mum-to-be (or grandma-to-be) gift

If you do happen to have a bun in the oven – or know someone who does – this would be a delightful book to help while away the months. With 25 adorable projects to sink your hook into, you’ll have the best dressed bub around in 9 months’ time.

This is also a wonderful book gift for that keen grandma, aunty or work colleague who is handy with a ball of yarn and eager to do something personal and practical for the mum-to-be. Create a memorable gift by packaging the book with some pretty wool or a great DVD to watch while the crochet magic happens. Just had your scan? Choose your colours strategically and this gift could even be your way to tell your mum ‘it’s a boy!’.

Babies can’t have all the fun

BUT if you are not pregnant (like me) or simply live in a place too hot for cosy little booties (hello, Brisbane) do not fret. This book is for you, too! Shawls, blankets, cushions, hot water bottle covers and totally gorgeous bunting, for example, are not just for babies. “Please tell me there’s a pattern for retro coathanger covers!” I hear you shout. Yes, my friend, there is.

Importantly, this book includes an easy to follow ‘how to’ guide covering basic stitches and the processes for sewing seams and tidying up edges. Beginners welcome.

Even more importantly, 9 Months To Crochet appeals to the linguist in me by adding a glossary of terms. Learning to speak the ‘language’ of crochet is a crucial first step to making sense of patterns. This language even has dialects: a ‘single crochet’ in the US is a ‘double crochet’ in the UK, for example. Who knew?

Retro chic or simply sweet

Crochet is very much ‘on trend’ right now as part of a worldwide movement back towards forgotten skills and the appreciation of all things handmade and heartfelt. It’s also connected with the mindfulness movement – just another way to keep calm and carry on when all around is chaos. Whatever your motivation, you’re sure to find something sweet, stylish or retro chic enough to suit your creative tastes in 9 Months To Crochet.

If you had 9 months to crochet something fabulous, what would you make?

2 comments for “Book Review: 9 Months To Crochet by Maaike van Koert

  1. February 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I cannot crochet nor do I think I would be able to if I was given the most basic of instructions but if I could, I would make a baby blanket. I have always wanted one for my kids and never bought one.

    • lara@caingray.net
      February 22, 2017 at 9:08 am

      I’ll keep you posted on whether this crochet-challenged blogger makes any progress using this book! The instructions are pretty clear so it SHOULD be possible – and there’s a gorgeous blanket pattern in there too.

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