Review: How to Crochet

Every season brings a new selection of crafting “How to” books and crochet is no exception. This latest publication from GMC Books is written by Emma Varnam, a familiar designer on the British crochet scene and well respected for her clearly written and imaginative patterns (she has a cheeky humour which is captured brilliantly in her work, such as the crochet Campervan she designed for Inside Crochet (you can see more examples of her work on her lovely blog) and the rather cute Bunny Toy you can find inside “How to Crochet”.

This little book is available at the very reasonable price of £7.99 and would fit easily into a project bag, making it the ideal gift for those friends who say “I’d love to learn to crochet…” Emma’s approach of matching projects to the skills you need to learn means that by working through the book, nothing is too daunting. No prior knowledge is assumed and Emma guides you through from holding the hook to making your first garment (a rather pretty shawl).

Whenever I teach a class I always take along a selection of crochet books and my copy of “How to Crochet” arrived just in time for a session with ladies from the local WI. It was well “road tested” by a group of complete beginners who declared it “A lovely book” and many said the price and layout appealed.

For the intermediate or more advanced crocheter, this book has little to offer in terms of expanding your skills –  but for the absolute beginner this is a perfect – and very welcome publication.

Affordable and with achievable projects which will inspire you to take your crochet further, I’m absolutely sure this book will set many people on the road to a life of crochet.


Paperback: 108 page

Publisher: GMC (7 Jun 2014)

ISBN 978-1861089472

With a RRP of £7.99 you can find this book on Amazon by clicking here


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  1. jennypughuk

     /  April 6, 2015

    Reblogged this on Adventures of an author's wife and commented:
    I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, so I’m looking forward to buying Emma’s book :)


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