Ana Morais Soares has just released her book ‘Cosy Crochet Blankets to Snuggle Under’ and is currently holding a virtual book tour, which I am very proud to be part of. Join me as I take a glimpse inside this lovely book (and share some of my favourite projects).
Ana is a Portuguese crochet designer with a history in publishing and public relations. I have been following her on Instagram for a while now, and love her designs and colourful feed. I am also extremely grateful to her for translating the Ubuntu CAL 2018 into Portuguese.
You can find her HERE:
The book contains 15 gorgeous blanket patterns, each with its own style and feel. The designs range from mosaic crochet to overlay crochet, with a pleasant mix of simple and complex designs. Through making the patterns, you will learn a variety of different stitches and joining methods, as well as how to work in rows and continuous rounds.
Each pattern is well laid-out, with clear progress photos and beautiful charts. It is clear that Ana has put a lot of work into making the patterns as easy as possible to follow. There are plenty of hints and notes along the way – something I always appreciate when following a pattern.
I especially love the fact that there is a straight-on photo of each blanket so that you can see exactly what you are aiming for. The fold-out flap on the front page is also great for helping you keep your place as you work. I love that it contains the most-used abbreviations and chart symbols, meaning that you don’t have to go hunting for them every time you want to remind yourself what something means.
- 144 pages (premium glossy paper – I’m a sucker for nice paper!)
- 15 Patterns
- Published by Tuva Publishing
- Features Scheepjes yarns
You can use the Look Inside option to see an example of the quality and layout of the instructions.
After making Mary’s Memory, I seem to have gotten merrily stuck using the same rainbow/cream combination of Scheepjes Catona. I quite like the fact that I now have a whole host of tiny samples/projects in the same colours. It will make it much easier to marry them in the future, should I choose to do so. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that I chose the same colours when taking this book for a test drive.
I decided to make two motifs to begin with. I chose Flower Patches and Daigo-ji Garden.
Flower Patches is a pretty little floral square. The ones in the book are made with Scheepjes Stonewashed and Riverwashed, creating a stunning midnight-garden feel.
The square I made in Catona is much more light-hearted and Spring-y. I love how changing yarn and colours can so completely alter the feel of a project, allowing you to celebrate your own personality.
Daigo-ji Garden is a much more subtle motif.
My favourite thing about it is the way the cheeky corner details look like butterflies landing on the central flower – or is that just me?
As they both have the same number of stitches in the final round and work up to the same size, I couldn’t resist marrying them in a collage. I think they would make a beautiful blanket or cushion cover.
I was tempted to start just one more thing: Twinkling Star, which is a large blanket made in continuous rounds. The blanket has enough surface work to keep it interesting without overwhelming the eyes. I love the balance of it, and hope I can find the time to continue with it.
More Book Tour Stops
You can find all the stops on the tour HERE on Ana’s Blog.
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