Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Totally Simple Crochet Review and Giveaway!

Today on Cute Crochet Chat, I am pleased to present a recently published crochet book, "Totally Simple Crochet", Over 30 Easy Projects for the Home and to Wear, published by Trafalgar Books.
Most of us who crochet would agree with the book's author Tove Fevang, "When evening comes and I'm rather tired after a long workday, getting out the crochet hook and some yarn re-energizes me. Everything else melts away as I relax with my crocheting".
Aren't we all lucky to have something like crochet to feel so passionate about?
If you are new to the art of crochet or if you have been crocheting for years, you will find a project in this book that you want to make. From dishcloths to baby hats to scarves and afghans, there is something for everyone! Each project is well photographed and some of the beginner designs have step-by-step photographs that will help you breeze through the instructions. The crochet designs in this book are just what they say, "Totally Simple", but that does not mean beginner-only. Fevang uses a wide variety of interesting crochet stitches to create some very pretty designs that will be popular with every skill level. Even some of the beginning projects have interesting crochet textures!
The book begins with Abbreviations and General Crochet information. Each stitch used is outlined with a nice description and the photographs are very clear. The Materials section lists several tips and techniques by the author written in plain language to help you as you begin to crochet.
For the beginner, there are also several pretty colored dishcloths that will take you through learning all the basic stitches in crochet, each color a different stitch and edging! I love this idea for the novice crocheter, who will have something useful when practice time is over!
Some of my favorite projects include:

Hexagonal Block Afghan (I love the color patterns chosen for this design)

Net Bag (I love the stitch pattern used)

Blanket with Flower Border (love all the different colored flowers)

Potholders (done with dc post stitches)

Half Gloves (fingerless gloves)

Pink and White Scarf (it uses a very interesting stitch pattern)

 Totally Simple Crochet is available from:
WEBS Yarn Store
Trafalgar Books website

Trafalgar Books has donated the book for our giveaway! In order to be eligible to win, become a FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG in the left sidebar (if you have not already done so!) and leave a comment on this post.  Let us know the title of the last crochet book your purchased and why you bought it. It should be fun to see what responses we get!
PLEASE, PLEASE don't forget to leave your contact information and/or email address, so we can contact you if you are the winner!
One lucky winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday, June 29th!
Good luck!
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Neicee said...

Oh I am a follower and my last crochet book purchase was crochet Motifs...Beyond the square.. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous said...

that book sounds great! i looooove the net bag! the last crochet book i bought was The Crochet Answer Book, and i bought it as a one-stop reference. it's a good little book to keep with my crochet supplies to look to for any question i have. plus, it's compact and doesn't take up much room. i love your blog, btw!

Bailey said...

I am already a follower.

The last book I purchased was Amigurumi Toy Box.

cledder (at)

PinkGranny said...

I am happily a follower. The last Crocheting book I bought was Chicks with Sticks. I have made most of the projects in that book. I love the patterns you have previewed for this book.

Anonymous said...

I've been subscribed to Cute Crochet Chat and now I'm following you on twitter too! I recently picked up Drew's book, Crochet It, Love It, Wear It! It's full of yummy crochet. Totally Simple Crochet is too fun! I can't wait to peruse through it and see what project is right for me.

Thanks for the giveaway and for a great blog!!!

Cris said...

Count me in :) The last book I bought was a book on Crochet edgings - and the reason I bought it is that I LOVE edging things. I think it gives your project a great finished look.

Julie said...

That book looks great! I'm a follower, and my last crochet book purchase was Interlocking Crochet by Tanis Galik. It's a new technique I really want to try, especially for bags.

vikki said...

The last book I bought was Big book of Dishcloths, Potholders, and Scrubbies..I bought it for the scrubbies..lots of cute

Scribe said...

I'm already a follower... I love that afghan with flower border! I have never bought a crochet book, but the last one gifted to me from a blog friend from far away... 40 Favorite Ripple Afghans.

Tove Fevang said...

I read the wonderful book reviews you've written about my book, thank you! Hope you will enjoy making some of the projects in the book. Right now we have sun and summer in Norway, so I enjoy outdoors to crochet potholders. You will find my blog under, unfortunately in Norwegian, but it has a translate function to english, heres also some instruction videos and more to come. Regards Tove

Sarah.Crochet said...

I'm a follower. Thank you for the giveaway! I recently purchased Crochet Motifs Beyond the Square, Crochet Edgings and Trims and 99 Granny Squares to Crochet. They are all very interesting and I can't wait to try something from each of them... when I don't have something working with a deadline!

sarah_rudd at sbcglobal dot net

crazymotheringchick said...

Oh, enter me, please! I've been a follower for a bit. The last book I purchased, I think, was 150 Crochet Trims by Susan Smith. I'm a book addict, always something wonderful to discover.

principeta said...

I would love this boo,thanks for the chance.I receive in swap 144 crochet motifs beyond the square,it can be use for everything.Now I follow =o)

Cisca said...

The last crochet book I got was this amigurumi book called "Yummi Gurumi" -- super cute stuff :)

dodkalm83 at gmail dot com

Beth W. said...

I'm a follower and...let's see....I buy too many books! I think the last one I bought was...Creepy Cute Crochet. Thanks!

CrochetBlogger said...

I bought two older books at a used bookstore last week because they were too good a deal to pass up and I wanted to explore them! The first is McCall's Needlework Treasury (dates to 1964) and the second is Linda Mariano's Encyclopedia of Knitting and Crochet Stitch Patterns (from 1976).

NavarineMom said...

Hey, I hope I signed up to follow your blog correctly! I really love your blog! I'm still so excited about the Ukrainian crochet!
My last crochet book was a Japanese book Crochet Beaded Edgings. I am hoping to use it on a lot of things to ease my way back into it!

Jan Moury
Annapolis, MD

LJBrownyard said...

Love the pink scarf and the net bag as well. The book sounds like a book to keep in my crochet tote all the time.
The last crochet books I bought were Party Crochet and Mad About Scraps.

Marie Anne said...

Already following! The last crochet book I bought was Our Best Baby Afghans by Leisure Arts. I saw a blanket a fellow crochet blogger was working on and had to know where she got the pattern!

I'm mentioning this giveaway in my blog post today (my 'thank you' post for the ripple book I won), but I don't see an ending date. Am I missing it?

Linda Belcher said...

I am working on a summer crochet top for my daughter. Just started back with my hand work in the last few months so I haven't purchased a new book in a very long time.
Great blog, thanks Marie for posting it on facebook.

Linda Belcher said...

guess a name and email addy would help Linda Belcher

Lilly said...

I am a follower. Totally Simple Crochet looks like a great book. I especially love the pink scarf. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book.

J A C Q U E L I N E said...

I am a follower I wourl love to win. Last crochet book I purchased was little crochet. mukweto at gmail dot com

YarnYokel said...

I just was reading your blog posts. I loved the scarfs very nice. The last crochet book that I bought was a Japanese crochet pattern book. It was full of great diagramed patterns. I just love trying them. I have only gotten through about 20 of them but they are wonderful. I hope someone wins your wonderful book.
Thanks for sharing.

Kristine said...

I am a follower of your blog and would love to win.

ambassadorcrochet (at)

Evelyn Mayfield said...

I have been a follower for a while. The last crochet book I purchased was a while ago - 101 Easy Scrap Crochet Projects.
At 70, I have quite a few, as you can imagine, but the one you are offering looks interesting.


SCStacey said...

I would so love to have this book to add to my library. If I am not fortunate enough to win it I will definetly purchase it as soon as I'm able to. I haven't purchased any new pattern books recently so I think this would be perfect to start again with.

Kindred Hearts Designs said...

This looks like a great book. Let's see the last book I bought was the Crochet Masters Class and also the 50 Ripple Stitches book. I've been on a bit of a book buying binge lately. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Looking fwd to keeping up with your blog.

Denise said...

Just became a follower and LOVE your site!! the last crochet book I bought was Christmas Thread Crochet. I love making crochet ornaments and angels for friends and family. Thank you so much for the chance to win!!

Valencia said...

I am a new follower! Found you on Twitter..The last book I purchased was 'Everyday Crochet' by Doris Chan. I want to get into making clothing for me.

Anonymous said...

The last crochet book I got was "Crochet So Fine" by Kristin Omdahl. Her creations inspire me to aspire to greater projects!
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