Review by Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art
(Image courtesy of Jacqui Small LLP)
It has been wonderful seeing crochet come back into fashion again over the last 3 years or so. Once the domain of grannies with their Granny Squares, these days crochet is all about pretty designs. As a keen knitter (who hasn’t knitted anything in years), I set myself the challenge to learn to crochet a few years back. It is possible to teach yourself, but the key thing is to keep at it so as not to forget your newly acquired skill. For this reason I love getting my hands on the latest crochet books to see if there is anything in them that can inspire me to keep practising.
Modern Crochet by Molla Mills appealed to me instantly, I was ready to shake off cute crochet and move away from the Granny squares and work towards something more contemporary! The first page quickly gives you a feel for what you will find in the book. I really like how the table of contents is presented as a visual image, not only is it original but it also feels appropriate for an audience of crafters.
Molla has definitely captured the essence of modern crochet by embracing black and white chic and blocks of pastel shades in conjunction with bold shapes; there’s not a frill in sight. There is a huge range of projects to entice you including rugs, baskets, handbags and jewellery.
As someone at the beginner to intermediate level of crochet I was a little bit scared by the page that tells you the things you will need, but on closer inspection I realised that the majority of it is pretty standard, mostly crochet hooks and basic sewing equipment.
Browsing through this book I found there were only 2 or 3 things that I really fancied trying to make. I thought the crochet vase was a clever idea, and I liked the bags; they look as good as any bag you might find in a shop and not at all like the stuffy stereotype of a home-made bag that you might imagine. There are also some wonderful decorative items for the home.
On the whole, I have to confess that the book is less for me than I originally thought. I think maybe I do prefer cute crochet after all (I do love making baby blankets and cuddly toys for the kids). If however you are serious about crochet, are looking for new ideas and love the modern style that Molla Mills has achieved, then this is the perfect book!
Jacqui Small LLP