Book Review: Doilies In Color

To be released November 1st, 2011!

Editor: Annie’s Attic
Retail Price: $8.95 (order here)
Skill Level: Easy to Experienced (primarily Intermediate)
Number of Patterns: 9

Crochet has been experiencing a renaissance of sorts in the second decade of the new millennium. The fashion world seems to have discovered it for the first time (having forgotten how popular it was in the 70s), and today’s crocheters are showing the world just how modern crochet can be. Doilies in Color is an example of this trend. It’s taken the old fashioned idea of doilies and made it modern by introducing splashes of color.

Doilies in Color is for the threadie, although any of the patterns would make a lovely round table cover or chair throw if worked in cotton worsted. The patterns use the standard crochet stitches with some pineapples and Irish crochet motifs thrown in here and there. All of the patterns are worked in the round.

Doilies in Color focuses on round, floral doilies. Each pattern is compared with a flower, with the exception of Pink Sunset, which is reminiscent on desert cactus blooms, and White Shamrocks, which makes the normally boring shamrock motif seem somehow dainty. While most of the doilies are worked in a single color, four of them highlight the individual flowers in the doilies by working them in a contrasting color.

The Animator’s Wife says...
While using color in crochet does modernize it somewhat, it’s not actually a new idea. Many vintage doily patterns encouraged using colors to highlight the flower motifs. However, Doilies in Color has the advantage of being written in modern terms, so the crocheter doesn’t have to sit and figure out what the pattern writer meant to say. And the beauty of the patterns in Doilies in Color cannot be denied. Irish Rose and Forget-Me-Not are particularly striking. My feeling is that this book would best be enjoyed by those who have been wanting to try doilies, as well as crocheters among whom doilies are a favorite. And at $1 per pattern, you can’t go wrong.

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