Celtic Cable Crochet is Bonnie Barker's second Celtic Book. Unbelievably, even more stunning designs. Disclaimer: this book was given to me by publisher for review.
I love all things Irish especially the cabling worked on so many of these designs. The designs bring me back to Ireland in search of the perfect Aran Sweater.
It truly amazes me how Bonnie has manipulated the front and back post stitch to create these beautiful pieces.
As I like to do when I review a book, as long as time permits, I make something from the book to really experience what the buyer will be following and understanding.
I chose to make the Blue Moon Shawl using Madeline Tosh Light fingering yarn that I bought about 3 years ago just waiting for a design like this.
Please excuse the tails and the fact that I have not blocked it. I love the way it came out and plan to wear to church now that the weather in FL has cooled.
This book has clear directions, pictures, charts and schematics. I will say this is a great book for an advanced beginner to take the next step in their crochet commitment. For the intermediate and advanced, I found the repeat on the Blue Moon Shawl fairly easy. I must admit you do need to focus even with the repeats, I did frog a couple times, not because of the pattern but because I lost count or didn't pay attention to where I was in the row. If you look really, really close, Bonnie will see it, one of my cables is not crossed the way it should. Can I live with it, yes. Many people have seen it and love how the cables pop on the background stitch. Many have asked which stitch it is....you'll have to get the book to find out.
Bonnie has a great eye for mixing stitches together to bring out the best in the cable.
Visit Bonnie Barker's BONNIEBAY, Ravelry page for more designs and of course Interweave or Amazon to purchase the book.
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