I've got a different kind of crochet book to review for you today, Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively Minded by Finnish designer Molla Mills. This crochet instruction guide has been brought about to appeal to men as well as women. Why not? I know lots of men who can knit, my dad included, my grandma didn't think it should be a craft exclusive to women so she taught her three boys to knit as well as her daughter, I remember my dad knitting clothes for my dolls when I was young. Why shouldn't men be able to crochet too? In fact, some men do crochet, I know because there are some great crochet blogs which are written by men.
So what will inspire men who don't crochet already to pick up a hook and get learning? Tools, of course. Let a man know that he'll need tools for the task and he'll be very happy.
When you mention crochet to some people, they automatically think of delicate lacy doilies or the antimacassar laid across the back of Grannie's chair, but this book is filled with projects which may just appeal more to men's tastes.
How about something to aid the manly task of wood gathering? A Log Carrier, for instance.
Or what about a Football Bag? I think this is a rather good idea actually, when you're forever gathering up balls from around the garden a dedicated bag to keep them all together is very appealing.
It's not all about the men though, there's lots of projects that will appeal to both sexes. These Mittens look lovely and cosy, just the thing for autumn.
I do like this bunting, something a little different to the granny type bunting you often see crocheted up.
How I wish I had a bike so that I could make this Bike Bag for it. Very stylish as well as useful.
There's about thirty projects in the book, each graded according to difficulty, and they cater to all abilities. They're split in to four sections, Home, Clothes, Travels and Equipment, with a variety of projects under each section. The instructions seem very clear and there's helpful illustrations alongside the written patterns.
A section on Basic Instructions is included to help non-crocheters get started or to help with unfamiliar techniques. There's even information about whittling a crochet hook and exercises to help you loosen up, something many of us need help with after a particularly long crochet session.
I've thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this book, as I said at the start, it's something a little different. I'd definitely recommend it. There's lots of projects I'd like to have a go at myself.
The book is published by Jacqui Small Publishing and is due to be released on 18th August 2016. I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. The book retails for £20.00 and can be purchased direct from Quarto.