30-Minute Crochet

30-Minute Crochet : What Can You Crochet in Half an Hour or Less?

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Crochet is a fantastic craft, it's quick, easy and extremely portable. You can easily stash your project in your bag and have it at hand for when those crafty moments strike, so no matter where you are, get your hook out and go. We've all got bits and bobs of yarn left over from other projects, so put them to good use and dip into the selection of mini crochet projects designed to let you see results fast. A perfect solution for those last minute gift solutions or if you simply fancy making a little something for yourself. The patterns in the book cover all skills and techniques. Full how-to instructions are given for the techniques needed to get you started, how to hold the hook and work basic stitches, working in rows and on the round, increasing and decreasing your stitches, also how to change colour, add texture and work open lace designs. We have included crochet diagrams, where required, to help you understand what's going on and develop your skills. So whether you are a complete beginner or experienced in the craft of crochet, there is plenty to keep your interest and hopefully something for everyone.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 190 x 246 x 10mm | 434g
  • Search Press Ltd
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 Illustrations, color
  • 184448968X
  • 9781844489688
  • 194,694

Table of contents



What you will need to get started with crochet, tips on how to use up your stash, recycle, and reclaim yarn. The low down on basic stitches and techniques used in crochet. Tips on putting together a travel crochet kit so you can crochet wherever you are.


Conveniently laid out contents section so you can see what every finished project will look like.

Pick your project on a whim or go through them one by one.


The projects in this section are perfect for those who are new to crochet or getting back into it, also for those who just want a quick crochet fix! This section is a great introduction to quick crochet; it has a range of projects working in both rows and in the round, from the wearable and gift ideas, to more functional and practical ideas. Projects include:

* Neck purse

* Slip cover for small note book

* Mug cosy

* Picot necklace

* Floral motif cushion


Once you get to grips with the basics and perfect your techniques, this section will help you develop your skills even more. Introducing more advanced crochet fabrics showing you the building blocks needed to create projects that will have you hooked!

Projects include:

* Amigumuri Russian dolls

* Lacy fingerless gloves

* Fancy Napkin rings

* Trims and fancy edgings

* Costume jewellery crochet ring


Whether you're trying crochet for the first time, or just need a recap, this chapter has everything you need. Clear step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures on all the techniques used in the projects; increasing and decreasing to create shape, working textured and open lace stitches, how to read a crochet chart.

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Issue 12

Crafters who are pressed for time, or those just starting out, will love this collection of 60 speedy and easy-to-hook projects. Make fun and quirky accessories, motifs and embellishments for bags or cushions and pretty homewares. This is perfect for last minute gifts. * Simply Crochet * Nov 13

So, what can you crochet in just 30 minutes? A quick browse through Carol Meldrum's book reveals that you can actually accomplish quite a lot in a short space of time. I love the layout of Carol's latest book, the project grid at the front lets you see all the makes at a glance and the photography is very clear. I can think of lots of crochet friends who would appreciate this book and I have already seen lots of autumnal crochet wreaths, inspired no doubt by the patterns here for a tiny toadstool, acorns and leaf motifs. There's a very useful techniques section, which I road tested at a beginner crochet class last week. The ladies all agreed they would be tempted to pick it up and "Have a go", in fact I've heard since that two have added it to their Christmas list! The projects are divided into beginner, intermediate and experienced level patterns, which means that everyone can find something to suit their skills, and nothing boosts the confidence of a new crocheter than completing a project listed as "intermediate". If you're stuck for some present inspiration this Christmas, this book might fit the bill. I can see it appealing to younger crocheters, who will love the cutesy owls, bunny and fox. For the more experienced, there is lots of inspiration to be had as many of the patterns lend themselves to other projects. You could add some crochet applique to a cushion perhaps or whip up a few snowflakes to make a festive garland. Published by Search Press and available now, this definitely gets the "thumbs up"! http://bakingandmaking.com/2013/11/01/review-30-minute-crochet/ * Bakingandmakingmad.com * Sept 13

This book shows that you do indeed have time to crochet. It's full of great projects that can be finished in 30 minutes. This is the perfect book for all those who say `I wish I had time...' All the projects are shown at the front of the book with small pictures. The projects are divided into beginner, intermediate and experienced so this book has something for everyone, no matter what your skills. The projects are very good, practical and useful too. You'll find everything from crocheted acorns, owl mask, finger puppets and scarves and a lot more. There's things for the kids, items for the home and gifts galore. I love the bunny egg cosy and the stacking pots. The little hedgehog and other animals are very sweet too. Never crocheted before or need to refresh your skills? There's a comprehensive guide to crochet at the back of the book. An excellent book to buy for yourself or to give as a gift. * Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *
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About Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum has a background in textiles and a love of craft. She has worked as a Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns and has written several craft books including Knitted Icons, Anova's quirky book on knitting your own popstar. Carol lives in Glasgow but teaches craft workshops all over the UK. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she has worked within the textile industry as a designer for many High Street fashion outlets as well as internationally renowned hand knit label Rowan, and her unique take on all things textile can be found online at www.beatknit.com and in selected boutique shops in Scotland. Carol's main goal is to give others the confidence to create handmade objects of their own, by sharing skills that have been handed down through generations to produce new and exciting projects that will inspire others to do the same.
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