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Crochet a Book for Book Lover’s Day!

Small Crocheted Book Tutorial

Book lovers, this is your special day! Holiday Insights, my go-to site for information on interesting holidays, doesn’t list a founder or group which sponsors Book Lover’s Day. In fact, some controversy exists about the true date of Book Lover’s Day—August 9th or first Saturday of November?

The answer doesn’t matter, because to me, every day is Book Lover’s Day. But I’m glad to have a reason to post a photo-tutorial for the “Little Square Book” on pages 120-121 of Cute Crochet World.

These photos and notes are to supplement the printed instructions.

The pages and covers of the Little Square Book are made with two rounds. In the second round, the corners have a lot of stitches in them. Working between the corners in Rnd 2, you hdc or dc in the next three sts. To do this, you must pull back the corner stitches to reveal the first of the three stitches in which you must place a hdc or dc.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

When the pages are finished and blocked, stack them as follows: back cover wrong side up, 3 pages, right side up, front cover right side up.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

To bind the pages and covers together, place a slip knot on you hook, and insert hook into ch-2 sp at corner of front cover, 3 pages, and back cover, yo (see Photo 2). Draw the yo through all the pages and through the loop on the hook.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

Photo 3 shows the hook inserted into each cover and page, ready for the next stitch: insert hook in next dc of front cover, next hdc of each page, and next dc of back cover. Yo and complete a sl st, drawing the yarn far enough up to allow the pages to assume their natural thickness.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

When you are finished with the binding, the book will look like the one in Photo 4.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

Now it’s time to crochet the book’s spine. Place the first st into the ch2-sp of the front cover, shown by the yellow arrow at right. Sk the next sl st. Sc into each of the next 7 sl sts shown by the yellow lines. Finally, sc into the ch2-sp at the other end of the front cover. This row is worked only the stitches of the front cover, and the sl sts made when you bound the book.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

Here is the first row of the book’s spine, finished.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

The spine is 3 rows of crochet. Bend the spine around the end of the book, then sew in place to the back cover. Weave in ends.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

This book is the perfect journal for the tiny writer. Decorate with beads or embroidery, write on tiny scraps of fabric and sew them to the pages. Enjoy Book Lover’s Day.

Little Square Book crochet tutorial

The Little Square Book, with its heart on its cover, visits with books by some of my favorite authors: Barbara G. Walker, Carl Jung, Terry Pratchett, and Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason.

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A Good Day for Mail

The box on the front porch was from Sterling Publishing. Probably copies of Cute Crochet World in German. I was expecting them at some point. But there was more!

Crochet books in Russian and German

The Russian Crochet Bouquet was a total and happy surprise! Long ago, I took a semester of Russian, but the only thing I remember is pronounced “lyoo-blyoo”–“I love you.” I certainly love crocheters, whatever language they speak!

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Rog and Pam Build a House

“We’re moving to Cute Crochet World!” said Rog and Pam, happily. “Now we need a house.” Their real estate agent showed them this one. It was nice, but too plain. They wanted something fancier.

“This house is so cute!” said Pam and Rog, but they wanted different colors. “We’ll have to build our own house,” they agreed.

Meet Lio and Irene, construction experts on Cute Crochet World. Hi y’all!

Irene and Lio showed Rog and Pam lots of ideas for making a new house, including alternative building methods, like this knitted house. People of Earth, you can learn to knit a house like this in Suzann Thompson’s workshop “How to Knit Mosaic Patterns and Design Your Own,” at the Taos Wool Festival, in New Mexico, in October 2014. You can register for the workshop until September 1, 2014, at http://www.taoswoolfestival.org/workshops.

Rog and Pam decided to crochet a house. With Irene and Lio’s help, they chose materials and started building at the front corner of the house. The People of Earth apparently start their houses at the bottom and build up. How funny!

On Cute Crochet World, you begin building a house the front corner and work sideways toward the back, incorporating door and windows as you go.

To make a corner on a two-dimensional house, Irene and Lio used front-post hdc sts. You can tell it’s a corner, even though it doesn’t actually turn the corner. Find step-by-step photos to supplement the written Cozy Home instructions in the book, Cute Crochet World, here and here.

“On Earth, people put lentils over their windows and doors,” said Pam and Rog. “Let’s try it!” The lentils looked cute, but they kept falling off and sprouting.

This is Rog and Pam’s neighbor, Hugh. He’s a teacher. Hi, Hugh! He studied the lentils over their windows, and consulted a book. “I think this is a spelling problem,” he said.

Hugh offers this spelling advice: “‘I’ before ‘E,’ for windows, you see.” “Ah,” Rog and Pam said. “LINTELS.” Not lentils. They slip-stitched their lintels, but embroidery would have worked well, too.

On Mars, a yellow front door means ‘Welcome!’ Rog and Pam continue the tradition on Cute Crochet World.

Find instructions for the house, people, book, and much, much more in Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, and Food.

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Giveaway at Lark Crafts!

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Cute Crochet World and a motif from the book!

To enter, visit the Lark Crafts blog, and leave a comment by Friday, July 11, 2014.

The motifs are the Vintage Television, a Martian Costumed Kid, and Gingerbread People. The gingerbread people are wrong-side-up in this photo—see the book for a better picture. The patterns for all these motifs are in the book.

Good luck!

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Crochet Garden Giveaway! December 5th is Deadline

Crochet Garden Giveaway

Lark Crafts is giving away four crochet books, including Crochet Garden! Enter to win by leaving a comment on their blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 5. Here’s the link:


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Cover for New Book!

Cover for Cute Crochet World, by Suzann Thompson

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Most people ignore this advice. A book’s cover is extremely important. Publishers analyze, fret over, and redesign book covers for maximum selling impact.

I love the covers that Lark Crafts designed for Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden, so I was eager to see what they came up with for Cute Crochet World.

The first glimpse I had of any of my book covers was on Amazon.com. And today was the day for Cute Crochet World! I saw it on the Amazon link here at the blog. Right away I clicked the link to see a larger view.

The cover is posted here for your convenience, though I wouldn’t mind if you clicked on the Amazon.com link!

Let’s say this is the cover for now. Sometimes they change. Fun!

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Crochet Bouquet is Digital!

Crochet Bouquet has gone digital!

About a month ago, Amanda Carestio of Lark Books wrote to me with exciting news. Crochet Bouquet is now available as a digital book!

“We know that the knitting and crochet community has a large presence online,” Amanda said, later adding, “We’re doing our best to anticipate the market and to provide what crafters want in the format they want it.”

You can buy an e-copy of Crochet Bouquet at Zinio.com. Here’s the link.

When you buy a book from Zinio, you download the Zinio reader program, which is like a pdf, only more secure. The e-book pages look just like the paper book pages, with photos and illustrations.

At the moment, Amanda told me, digital readers like Kindle or the Nook do not support photography or illustrations. So for now, you’ll need to crochet at your computer. It’s a great solution for readers who like their craft books to lie flat. The computer screen is the next best thing to spiral binding!

And it looks like Crochet Bouquet is in good company. The March 17, 2010 issue of The New York Times said that best-selling author John Grisham has finally allowed his books to be issued as e-books. Before now, he was concerned about “piracy, pricing and the effect of digital editions on physical bookstores.” (“Arts, Briefly,” compiled by Dave Itzkoff, piece contributed by Motoko Rich)

I can’t comment intelligently about piracy, but the suggested retail price of the e-version Crochet Bouquet is the same as the paper version. Also, I think physical bookstores will be around for a long time yet. They’ve survived the onslaught of audio books and online discount bookstores, so they’ll most likely adapt and survive the e-book trend, too.

To my mind, the more ways a book can be available to readers, the better!

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Old Crochet Book at Comanche Museum

Royal Society Cordichet crochet book

The Comanche County Historical Museum (Comanche, Texas) is open to the public for only a few hours a week: Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00, Thursday afternoons 2:00 to 5:00, or by appointment. If you’re near, you should go. It is a lovely local museum, with old handwork, machines, rocks and bones, dolls, photos, uniforms, and all sorts of things that give you a glimpse into the history of the community.

It even has an old surrey with a fringe on top. Believe it or not, kids are allowed to sit in it!

My eye was drawn to an old book called Tatting and Crochet Lessons, published in 1915, apparently by a thread company that manufactured Royal Society Cordichet—”The Perfect Crochet Cotton.”

“May I take some pictures of this book?” I asked. “You bet!” the docents said. That’s the beauty of a small local museum—the people in charge are usually right there.

crocheted hair receiver and hat pin, Royal Society book

What a difference a century makes in what kinds of things we crochet! For example, the book offers patterns for a crocheted candlestick cover and a candle-shade cover. My favorites were these two: a hair receiver and a hatpin holder.

Irish Crochet Collar in Royal Society book

“Why would you want to save your hair?” asked my daughter. I knew that ladies used pads of their own hair to lift their hair-dos. Also, people used to make hair jewelry, as sentimental gifts or memorial pieces. “Ewww!” my daughter said.

Do you know any other old-time uses for saved hair?

Royal Society crochet book, the end

In contrast, this collar would be fine to wear today. It was presented sideways in the book, just like you see it here. The publishers probably thought the readers, having read that it was a collar, were intelligent enough to turn the book to see what the collar would look like around the neck of a garment. You might be surprised to know how much thought goes into modern publications to spare us having to use our imaginations.

I’m glad the people at the museum thought an old crochet book was important enough to keep.

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