Happy December everyone! With the twelfth month finally here, I’ve rounded up five of our favourite craft books which would all make perfect Christmas presents for your crafty friends and family. I’ve tried to pick something for everyone!
1. For the crochet lover.
A Square a Day, Tracey Lord
This book is a must-have for any crochet enthusiast. There’s a different granny square design for every single day of the year – 365 in total! All of the squares are arranged through the book in a vivid rainbow, from deep reds through to violet; every single one is beautiful and some are absolutely mind-blowing. Each square is photographed large on the page alongside its pattern and step-by-steps with a three-star rating from easy to difficult. The book’s clever ring binding also means it lies flat, making it easy to crochet and follow the patten at the same time. This really is a fantastic book for any beginner or advanced crocheter, H and I can’t wait to try out some of the designs!
2. For the knitter.
Knit Nordic, Eline Oftedal
Knitting books can be pretty difficult to navigate. There are so many books and patterns available that it’s hard to know where to start. The beauty of Knit Nordic is that it’s focussed on just four traditional Nordic sweater designs, transformed into 20 contemporary accessories. Nordic sweaters are really popular at the moment, so these designs are sure to please most people! Every pattern is rated from easy to advanced and the patterns and coloured charts are really easy to follow. Buy this for a loved one and cross your fingers that you get a hand-knitted nordic hat in return!
3. For the dressmaker.
Casual Sweet Clothes, Noriko Sashara
H and I have been doing much more dressmaking lately and have been discovering some fantastic books along the way. This collection by Noriko Sasahara is one of our current favourites. The book has 18 patterns in total, including tops, skirts, jackets and dresses, which are all stylish and minimalistic in design. Easy to understand instructions and diagrams guide you through the process of sewing each garment, and the full-size patterns included with the book guarantee perfect fitting results. This book demonstrates how easy it can be to create clean cut and well made clothing – it’s a must have for any home sewer!
4. For the experimenter.
Felt Dogs, Mitsuki Hoshi
This book is pretty wacky. The little felt dogs are so weird and wonderful you can’t help but fall in love with them! Felting is a craft that H and I haven’t tried but we’re told it’s very simple and with the easy to follow instructions included with the book, it would be pretty hard to go wrong. There’s everything from a miniature dachshund to a labrador and each dog is as cute as the last. Beautifully styled and presented, this book would make a perfect present for any of your slightly eccentric, dog-loving pals.
5. For everyone!
Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord
It’s fair to say that H and I are completely head-over-heels in love with this book. Created by Kerry Lord from TOFT, the book contains 40 amazing toy animal crochet patterns for everything from a hippo to a koala. When we visited the TOFT farm recently we met Kerry and heard how she began making the animals just after her son Edward was born. A couple of year’s later and Edward’s Menagerie has grown and grown. The book is now sold across the world and new patterns are sent out in TOFT’s exclusive newsletter. You an also visit the farm to take part in a workshop to make your favourite animal. Every animal is rated from level 1-3 and the easiest ones are perfectly suitable for a complete crochet beginner. At the back of the book there are all the crochet instructions and help anyone will need to get started and finish their animal. The most difficult part is deciding who you’re going to make, we’re stuck between Emma the Bunny or Germain the Gorilla…
Hope you find all of your crafty loved ones the perfect present – happy nearly Christmas!