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Crochet Boutique coverMy 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!).

Crochet Boutique projects

Projects from left to right: Chain Scarf, Striped Tank, Lovely Little Lampshade.

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!

 
 
 
 

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    I’m working on a Tunisian blanket at the moment. Then I need to make a hat for my SIL and some doll clothes for my niece for Christmas. Other Christmas stuff is yet to be determined.

    I just finished crocheting a bra http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattipics/7998222987/in/photostream and I’m getting ready to start crocheting another squirrel http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattipics/5728191247/. I’m gonna be busy hooking.

    I just finished crocheting a bra http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattipics/7998222987/in/photostream and I’m getting ready to start crocheting another squirrel http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattipics/5728191247/. I’m gonna be busy hooking.

    Tonia Jeffery says:

    You said that any skill level can make these. I hope you are right because I’m barely a beginner.

    Tonia Jeffery says:

    You said that any skill level can make these. I hope you are right because I’m barely a beginner.

    Sarah S says:

    Looks like some wonderful projects! I really need to learn to crochet…

    love to make more scarfs, i love scarfs of all kinds!

    Marianna says:

    Scarves, more scarves and maybe a cowl.

    Doris says:

    Love the scarf on the cover. I have several scarves planned, and that would be siper to add.

    Doris says:

    SUPER

    Jessica G says:

    I need to make some hats for the baby for this winter.

    Natalie McDaniel says:

    I’m thinking a scarf or cowl but I’d love to see what’s in this book!

    The crocheting bug has bit me again. I’d love to dive into some new projects.

    Jacqueline Marchantq says:

    I love to crochet thank you for this fabtabulous opportunity…I love to make hats and afghans and baby blankets….I would love this book and ty for the chance to get it…bye for now and Happy crafting to you one and all

    dj says:

    Looks like a lot of fun

    Kathleen says:

    I enjoy making amigurumi, and would like to branch out and learn to make some crocheted winter accessories. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    Joyce Pusel says:

    I’m mainly aknitter wanting to improve my crochet skills, so basic patterns. I love amigurumi though and want to try to crochet something cute!

    Anne Clark says:

    I’m working on a few hats and an afghan for the holidays.

    Alicia B says:

    I’m going to need to start a blanket for our good friends that just bought a house.

    wordygirl says:

    I just got back to working on a crocheted afghan I set aside last year.

    Melissa Graham says:

    Right now I am working on a snowman kitchen set. So far I have designed a snowman hot pad, a snowman coaster/mug rug, and a snowman towel holder. There are a few more items in the works as well.

    Carmen Nuland says:

    I’m trying to make some crochet (and knit) hats and mittens for my great nieces and nephews.

    Mary says:

    I found a pattern for a crochet owl pin to make for my daughter for Christmas!

    justval says:

    I have pretty much mastered knitting, learning how to crochet is my next priority!

    I design and make crochet fiber jewelry, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the coming months!

    Janet C says:

    I’m working on a hat for my brother and a shawl for my grandmother. One of these days I’ll make something for myself… ;)

    Kim Reid says:

    I want to start a top-down cardigan for me, my first!
    Thanks!

    Britni W. says:

    Right now, I’m making a scarf and a project bag for a swap…at some pt I’ll make the shrug I’ve been eyeing.

    Phyllis Van says:

    Would love to get back into crocheting, sure could use a good book

    C Wein says:

    I would love to make the tank – too cute!!!!

    buttoned-up says:

    I am making a lace scarf in a chevron pattern with varigated
    sock yarn.

    Melissa says:

    I’m starting on a bobble afghan. Hoping to have it completed by the time the snow comes. :)

    Anonymous says:

    Love this book and would love more yarn. I’m making the Hinterland throw by Shibasguyz in shades of red and the Red Heart Lace Cluster Throw in purple. Love the hinterland and plan to make a few more this year.

    with the cooler weather in the midwest united states, warm woolen projects are very welcome. I plan to make a red riding hood type cape, a number of autumn scarves (I’ve gifted a number already and would like to make one for myself) and mittens. I’d also like to add some bright, cheery Christmas ornaments to the mix…

    Ameryn Marie says:

    Right now I’m working on beanies for the family, BUT I just bought some really pretty bright magenta yarn that I’m pretty sure needs to be made into a scarf for ME! I haven’t made myself anything in forever!!! The scarf in that first picture looks pretty awesome, maybe I’ll make one like that! ;)

    Darci Lolley says:

    I’m working on a pair of ruffled fingerless mitts right now in a sea blue/green baby alpaca yarn – too dreamy! I’m looking for the perfect matching hat pattern to complete the set. (And I’d love to try that lamp shade!). :)

    Kathie Prout says:

    I really want to learn how to crochet and I think this book of wonderful projects will inspire me to learn and create! Thanks for offering this giveaway gift !

    Kristin says:

    I don’t actually know how to crochet yet, but I’m hoping to learn soon! It was one of my goals for the year. =) I’ve been knitting for a year and love it, so I’m looking forward to trying crochet, too!

    I’m currently crocheting…nothing! I don’t know how to crochet yet, but I have a friend who is willing to teach me, so a book of fun patterns and some yarn and a hook would be perfect inspiration to get us started!!

    I’m currently crocheting…nothing! I don’t know how to crochet yet, but I have a friend who is willing to teach me, so a book of fun patterns and some yarn and a hook would be perfect inspiration to get us started!!

    Barb S says:

    I haven’t crocheted in 30 years, but that scarf on the cover has my name all over it!

    Would love to give crochet a try again – this would be a great start.

    Jessica says:

    I’ll be crocheting hats, hats, and more hats!

    kcisis says:

    Haven’t crocheted in years–this will have me digging out those buried hooks in no time! Love that scarf & I’m sure my daughter would love both it & the vest.

    Angelina Sparkle says:

    I’m crocheting some colorful free form shawls

    I’m hoping to crochet a baby blanket for my son before he arrives. :)

    Amy H says:

    I’m hoping to make a simple “drapey” sweater vest for one of my friends.

    usairdoll says:

    What a great looking book. I’ve made a scarf and next I’d love to make some houseshoes/slippers.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    usairdoll says:

    What a great looking book. I’ve made a scarf and next I’d love to make some houseshoes/slippers.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    rebecca says:

    hmm new ideas for winter lovey

    justval says:

    Learning how to crochet is on my to do list!

    Julia Meadows says:

    I would love to further my crochet abilities. Thanks for the chance to win at this giveaway.

    donna says:

    I love all the variety of patterns talked about in the book. I am working on winter head warmers and scarfs. Would love to win this book.

    Nanette says:

    I am wondering if there are any corrections for the “Button Capelet”? There are only 34 chains, is this right? I am at row 10 and it will not be large enough to button—I checked my gauge
    The pattern is in the Crochet Boutique book pg62

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