I’m pretty excited to share another book with you, one that is simply lovely! “Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems”, by Sara Kay Hartmann is a wonderful collection of shawls that are approachable for any crocheter, from a confident beginner to the seasoned expert. The shawls are mostly of the lace style, but a few are made by crocheting a more solid fabric. All use the most basic crochet stitches and the hooks you already love.
From the cover to the end of the book, I was impressed with the stunning photography which is beautiful and fitting for the “poetic” inspiration of this work. The photography is also very detailed and instructive. The close up shots of the designs not only show you the pattern of the stitch work, but also gives you an almost three dimensional feel for the yarn being used. I can feel the crocheted fabric in my mind as I flip through page after page.
Each design has a very detailed stitch diagram to help you understand the instructions. The author also includes some very helpful information on blocking your work. This is especially helpful if you are not used to working with some of the more natural fibers like mohair and wool.
Most of the shawls are made using high end yarns, but don’t let that discourage you if that doesn’t bless your budget. The weight of the yarn is provided for every design so that you can try to find an adequate substitute if that is your wish. This is going to be very helpful to me personally as I seek to utilize some of my yarn stash for some of these designs!
Two of my favorite designs are “Spring Dream” (p. 38), and “Skylark” (p. 86 and photo below). I am particularly drawn to these shawls partly because they are easily customizable should a scarf (instead of a shawl) be desired. By following the designers instructions and stitch diagram, the same shawl pattern can easily become a scarf!
Poetic Crochet is one of those books that will most likely occupy a table in my home, inviting you to peruse its contents whether you are a crocheter or not! Yes, it is as beautiful as that...