My great aunt Constance is fully responsible for tarnishing my view of crochet—think ill-fitting Christmas sweaters that smelled faintly of cats. Over the years, if anyone mentioned the word “crochet,” I’d flash back to a Polaroid of me standing next to a Christmas tree as a kid, scratching and sneezing. (Shudder.)
But one look at the projects in Rachael Oglesby’s Crochet Boutique forever demolished my unfortunate association with the craft. Crochet is tacky? Wham! Check out the on-trend Chain Scarf on page 54. Too bulky and stiff? Bam! That sleek little Striped Tank on page 74 is something I can wear out to lunch with friends and look totally cool. Old school? Shazam! The Lovely Little Lampshade on page 113 boasts a design that will single-handedly elevate my living room to new fashion heights. Rachael’s pieces are at once current and timeless, and like me, you’ll look forward to creating bags, hats and scarves that will be a part of your life for years to come (and don’t have to smell like cats at all!).
You can crochet any of the projects in Crochet Boutique no matter what your skill level.
And to help you get started, we’re offering a free book, plus a hook and yarn, to a random winner! Simply leave a comment on this post by 9 pm EST on Tuesday, September 25th. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear what you’re crocheting for the coming winter months! One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Friday, September 28th. Click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed and the winner will be contacted soon. Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment. Happy crocheting!