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Book Review: 60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners

New crocheters looking for simple, skill-building projects need look no further than 60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners, a new book from Sixth&Spring Books. The easy projects include cozy accessories, afghan, bags, and other projects aimed at ensuring a successful outcome for the newest crocheters.

Soho Publishing provided a copy of 60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners for my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which may pay me a small amount if you buy something after clicking one of them, but it does not cost you anything extra.

cover image for 60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners

The introductory chapter includes the information beginners need to be successful crocheting their first projects: choosing yarn and tools, tutorials (including photos) of basic crochet techniques and how to read crochet patterns, and finishing skills.

Beautiful full-color photos of both techniques and projects make everything clear.

Projects for Beginning Crocheters

Beginning crocheters can find it challenging to choose projects. The patterns need to be well-written in terms you can understand, with sufficient explanations that still mange to remain concise. And of course, the instructions need to be professionally edited so that they are accurate.

The projects can’t be too complex, because you don’t want to be overwhelmed when you are just starting out. Clear photographs are important. Oh, and you want the projects to be fun, interesting, useful and timely, right?

60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners has all your bases covered. With sixty patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find something that appeals, from home decor to wearable accessories. I contributed to the collection, so I hope you’ll like at least one of my designs! Here are just a few examples.

Large green and tan crochted basket with handles, filled with balls of yarn
Stash in a Dash designed by Edie Eckman

The Stash in a Dash basket, a simple crocheted basket, is worked in single crochet. This soft-sided basket can be crocheted in colors to fit your decor. Bulky weight yarn makes this a quick-to-crochet project.

The Poppin’ Hat alternates rounds of popcorn stitches and plain stripes for a warm and textured head topper.

This one was really fun to crochet, and I was tempted to do it in many colors, but I restrained myself to keep it to shades of purple!

dark-haired woman wearing striped purple hat with rounds of popcorn stitches throughout
Poppin’ Hat designed by Edie Eckman
woman wearing a large shell-stitch cowl in shades of grey
Shell Trio by Edie Eckman

The Shell Trio cowl is generously long enough to wrap twice around your neck, shown here in neutral grays to match everything in your wardrobe.

One of my favorites in the book is Christina Merson’s Hue and Tassel throw, a beauty in cream and gray stripes with gold highlights. And there are so many other nice projects, too!

The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council icon-3 Light Weight Yarn
Craft Yarn Council icon 4- medium weight yarn

CYC yarn weight symbol 5-bulky
Craft Yarn Coucil icon 6 Super Bulky
ball of pink yarn: Cascade Yarns Pacific

All of the projects in the book are crocheted using Cascade Yarns Pacific, a blend of 60% acrylic and 40% superwash merino wool. Pacific comes in a range of yarn weights: Pacific Sport. Pacific (worsted weight), Pacific Chunky (bulky weight), and Pacific Bulky (super bulky weight).

Cascade Yarns is famous for having a huge range of colors and yarns, and with their Pacific line, they certainly live up to that reputation. If you don’t like the colors shown in the photographed samples, you’ll have plenty of other colorways to choose from.

All images from 60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners ©Sixth&Spring Books.

Priced at under $20, 60 Quick Crochet Projects for Beginners would make a great gift yourself or a new crocheter in your life.

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