Saturday, March 5, 2016

Welcome to the Crochetville National Crochet Month Blog Tour.  I want to thank Amy and Donna for the time, effort and passion that goes into putting this blog tour together, they make it better each year and this is their fourth.

I have chosen my stop to be a book review and giveaway of my friend Brenda Bourg's new book, Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet.  Please use this month to expand your skills and passion for crochet.  You will be inspired by the many designers, yarn companies and local yarn shops you will visit this month.

Whether you're a beginner needing help via book, blog, video or class on how to do a double crochet, or a seasoned crocheter who wants a new technique to learn, it's on this tour this month.


Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet is a stunning collection of traditional Fair Isle designs to be crocheted.  The photos are beautifully taken in the Rockies of Colorado.  There is a variety of designs from mitts and cowls to sweaters and afghans.


When I review a book I like to make something in it or a piece to learn the technique.  That is what I did here.  I have done standard crochet colorwork and Tunisian crochet, but never Tunisian colorwork.

First I read through Brenda's detailed instructions.  I chose to work the chart for the Elisha Afghan.  I used leftover Caron Simply Soft.  I started great by following the chart using a post-it to keep track of my row on chart.

When I started to carry color I needed to refer back to the instructions on floats and locks.  Brenda reminds us "Learning to lock floats may take a few times or even a few projects.  Be patient with yourself.  It's a new technique and it's okay to make mistakes- just Keep Trying!  Eventually, you will get it!"

I can hear Brenda saying this to me.  It's true, my tension and technique improved with each row.  Who me make a  I am not afraid to frog(rip it, rip it) and learn.  In left picture, notice the difference of the carry yarn from bottom to top.

So I have learned a new technique and have the confidence with Brenda's instructions to make the Ivana Mitts for a friend.

The book is 102 pages and you know I love a picture index in the back of books. When you get your copy please take a moment to read about Brenda and about the park used for the photo shoot. Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local retailer.

I have a copy of Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet to give to one lucky winner in the US.  Follow instructions below to enter.   Good Luck

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