Made with Love: Get Hooked with 30 Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Dey Street. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780063282223. $29.99. FIBER CRAFTS
Daley, Britain’s most decorated diver, was often seen knitting poolside. In 2021, he launched his own knitting line, and now he’s utilizing his passion for the craft in this collection of knitting and crochet projects with a modern, youthful vibe. All patterns are designed to be unisex and size-inclusive, and the models are multiracial. Readers should be aware that the book is British, as the UK and the United States have different terms for crochet stitches. Both metric and U.S. measurements are incorporated. For beginners, the book contains useful sections with illustrations on yarn weights, terminology, tools, how to read pattern charts, troubleshooting tips, and the like. For crafters looking to improve their skill level, many patterns contain a Masterclass section on advanced techniques. There is also a section on aftercare for finished knits and on crafting as a tool for mindfulness.
VERDICT There is plenty to like about this book. Its only drawback is that it is written exclusively for right-handers. Experienced left-handed crafters must do their own conversions, and left-handed beginners are advised to look elsewhere. An optional purchase for libraries with craft sections.
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