The types of patterns in Captivating Crochet (The Needlecraft Shop) are varied, so at least some of the 70 patterns in this book should appeal to Threadies and Yarnies alike.
Like many of The Needlecraft Shop's quality hardcover books this one is divided into chapters organized by theme. Each chapter has an attractive photo where the crocheted article is featured in a domestic setting.
I have to admit, while some of the patterns are uniquely beautiful, others are downright bizarre. Specifically, the vacuum cleaner cover in the shape and uniform of a Victorian maid boggles the mind.
Oddities: All of their potholders are made using acrylic-- a rather controversial material for kitchen projects. (ed's note: Cotton is the preferred yarn for potholders because it doesn't melt from the heat. Acrylic does melt.)
I also found it irritating that the front cover shows a pattern for a cute piglet stuffed toy that is not in the book.
Like other books by TNCS this one lists the yarns used to make the afghan models. From the brands listed, it is clear that the publisher has attempted to include yarns for every budget. Unfortunately, this index only lists 14 of the 70 patterns.
Overall, this is a good book, and the instructions seem clearly written. However, it is not worth paying $22.95, especially if one works exclusively with yarn or thread.
Reviewed by Donna M. Bryan ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for Crochet Partners. Posted 6/98
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