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Crochet Adorned:Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims by Linda Permann
Web Site: LindaMade
We are so excited to be a part of Linda Perman’s blog tour for her new book Crochet Adorned! I’d like to call myself a natural born knitter but in the last few years while working at CRAFT, I’ve been hit with the crochet bug. So when I got my copy of Crochet Adorned, let’s just say I did my own happy dance in my head. As a fashion lover, I can’t resist all the projects in the book because opening it is like reading the Anthropologie catalog. And here’s the great part, you can use these patterns in the book to update your wardrobe at a budget! We all have old cardigans, shirts, and dresses that could use a bit more love, don’t we? As a bonus, the Stitch Dictionary in the back is really like it’s own little book. In there you’ll find 100 stitches for trims, flowers, geometric shapes, as well as basic and popular crochet stitches. It’s such a handy reference to have that I’ll know I’ll be able to refer to the pages in this book again and again.
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My dream project from Crochet Adorned is this Breezy Tunic above. I love how the crochet trim that embellishes the sleeve is in perfect harmony with flowered print of the shirt.
Book Giveaway Time!
One lucky CRAFT winner will win a copy of Crochet Adorned! Just leave a comment to this post and tell us why you want this book. Make sure you enter in your email address in the form field (won’t be published). All comments will be closed on Monday, August 17 at Noon PST. The winner will be announced next week on CRAFT. Good luck!
Read on for my interview with Linda Permann and find out more about Crochet Adorned and her tips for crochet and fashion.


Natalie: Tell me more about your new book, Crochet Adorned. What inspired you to write this book?
A few things combined to inspire me to write the book. First off, I’m not really a sweater person. There, I said it! But I love to make things to wear, and I knew there must be some way to successfully combine crochet and sewing. Also, I started seeing crochet-embellished items on runways and in stores, and I thought it would be nice to outline some ways to achieve this look for DIYers. It’s fun to work with what you have, and you can also use nicer yarns than what’s sold readymade in stores. The other point of inspiration: I just love to crochet. I think it’s something that you can easily apply to many other crafts like knitting and sewing, and I wanted to show ways to do that.
Natalie: Which projects in the book are your favorites?

Linda: I really love the Floral Motif Yoke Top, the Pretty Petals Tank, the Butterfly Apron and the Medallion Table Mat. I can’t show you all of them here, but I can tell you that it was really fun to work with specific garments and ideas and try to get the yarn, stitch, fabric and design to converge.
Natalie: You have some amazing embellishment projects like the Breezey Tunic or the Garden Party Cardigan (on the cover). What is your process for designing trim or embellishment to an existing fashion piece?
Linda: It was a lot of back and forth. First I went shopping for garments, and sometimes the garment would inspire the project. For instance, the Breezy Tunic has inset trim on the sleeves–I knew I wanted something made of a non-knit and was thrilled to find the shirt I used, since it also had a print pattern..Once I had the garments, I had to find yarns that matched the pieces well, which, with looking at a lot of color cards online, was a process of trial and error. So sometimes I’d end up with a yarn and go hunting for a new garment. I’d choose the garments based on what kind of embellishments I thought they would lend themselves to (ie: a wide necked cardigan might make a pretty canvas for flowers, a strappy tank could easily be cut and modified) and went from there.
Natalie: What kinds of tops, dresses, or cardigans are the best pieces to embellish?
Linda: I talk about this a lot in the book, but in a nutshell, there are a few things to look for:
1. Garments that don’t have a lot of stretch in key areas (ie waist band, neck line, etc). For instance, if you want to embellish the waist band of a skirt, choose one with a zipper or buttons. If you try to adorn something stretchy (ie an elastic waist), then your embellishments have to stretch, and it can be difficult to attach them without having to stretch out the garment itself. In general, it’s easier to appliqué on a more stable surface, so the garment needs to be somewhat stretchless, at least in the area you plan to embellish.
2. When possible, choose garments with a little more weight/heft — those vintage feeling super thin tees aren’t really going to give you enough stability for appliqués.
3) You can either find a garment that speaks to you (a skirt that says, “give me tiers!” or a cardigan with stains that want to be covered), or start with a garment that needs a little help. For instance, one of the projects came from a real life dress of mine that was too short and too low-cut in the neck. I added a wide trim to the neck and hem with really fun results. I was able to use a lot of scraps to get a colorful effect, and my $10 dress suddenly looked like a designer item.
Natalie: What is a crochet tip you can share with our readers?
Linda: Block your work! It makes such a big difference to the way the finished piece looks. All you have to do is pin the crocheted piece to desired dimensions on a blocking board (or ironing board) and spray it with water. It will open up any lacy elements and even out wonkiness (for instance, unstraight edges on a granny square). I admit that I didn’t do much blocking before I started writing the book, but I am a changed crocheter now!
Natalie: What are some upcoming projects you are working on now?
Linda: I’m doing a lot of freelance work for different magazines, including Crochet Today, Interweave Crochet, Stitch, and Sew Stylish. I mainly design crocheted accessories and little things, and do a lot of writing as well. I’m also working on another big project, but I can’t quite announce that yet. And, when I have time to breathe, I’d like to get some more self-published crochet patterns up in my Ravelry store.
Thanks Linda for the great interview! You can catch Linda tomorrow with our friend Susan Beal over at West Coast Crafty as well as the rest of the stops on her blog tour.
If you are in Portland, OR, join Linda tonight at Powell’s for a book signing at 7:30pm.


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  1. EL says:

    I would love this book for the tips on how to apply antique crochet yokes and trims to modern clothing. Love the red cami and green dress pictured above.

  2. Erin says:

    I’d love this book because I LOVE crochet in fashion and haven’t had the opportunity to make the switch from knitting to crocheting! Loving the green-topped cami!

  3. wolfgirl05 says:

    I would love this book! I am just learning to crochet and would love to embelish some of my old clothes to make them new again.

  4. Miss Polkadot says:

    OMG! This is just what I need! I picked up crocheting a few months ago and am constantly looking for new and usable ideas! this would be pure inspiration and joy!
    Love!

  5. kyla hailstone says:

    I love this!! I need this book because my brain is already in overload thinking up projects and if I dont get them out it might explode!! Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Kyla

  6. Clara S. says:

    Ohoh I really want this sooo bad. The patterns look so nice and I have a pile of clothes that I’ve been meaning to do something with!

  7. Tracy- Braggin' Rights says:

    I love to crochet! I look forward to learning new techniques! Looks like alot of cute items!

  8. mamichan says:

    I’ve been getting into embellishing/making my own clothes this year and this book would be a great inspiration!

  9. Ady says:

    With the budget tightening more than ever, I would love to have an inexpensive way to freshen up my wardrobe!

  10. pattie says:

    this is a gorgeous book with great ideas coming out at an opportune time, for Linda and for her readers–who wouldn’t want to enhance clothing already in the closet to make them look beautifully new for a fraction of the cost?!

  11. Elly says:

    Beautiful stuff here! I’ve gotten into refashioning my old/boring clothes and stuff picked up from thrift stores, so this would be a great set of techniques to add to my projects.

  12. Jenn says:

    I would love to win this book because I’m in need of some inspiration!!

  13. Katy Mirra says:

    This book looks so much more creative than the ones I find at the mall. I just began to crocheting, after taking up knitting a couple years ago to curb my anxiety. It’s my new favorite thing to do and I love the embellished looks!

  14. clwein says:

    How beautiful and inspiring! I would love to have a copy of this book!

  15. MaryB says:

    I would love to have this book because I’m just learning to crochet and am very interested to learn how I can use it to revamp my old, worn-out wardrobe!

  16. Ilana says:

    Looks like this book has some really cool ideas! I love to crochet, and I find that a lot of the clothes in my closet are kind of blah, so it would be nice to have some ideas for sprucing them up!

  17. Emmakat says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to attach knits to cloth for some time now, and I sorta know how to crochet, this book could help me learn more!

  18. Janel says:

    I have been crocheting since I was a child, so I would love this books. Great tips in the interview!

  19. Ashley Kaye says:

    OMG! I would Love LoVe LOVE this book! I am addicted to crocheting and would love to try a project as unique as these!

  20. Fleur says:

    Seems like a great book to me ;-)

  21. Leslie says:

    I would love to own this book! I just started to learn to crochet and I think it would be a valuable tool! Thank you!

  22. Shauna says:

    Oh wow! I would adore this book and it would become the prize of my collection. My house caught fire in March and while only two rooms were totally destroyed, a combination of the heat and soot damage with the water the firemen used to put it out. Killed all of my craft books and magazines. Not to mention my collection of about 800 fiction/non fiction books.

  23. illusionary says:

    I am new to crochet, loving it, and completely addicted! I don’t have any crochet books yet, and this one looks beautiful – perfect for the start of a collection!

  24. Dani says:

    What a great book. I would love to own this as all of my crocheted clothing books are for kids, it would be great to be able to make things for myself, sister and mom.

  25. Jen says:

    What a beautiful idea for a book– I’ve been waiting for something like this for a decade. I’d love to be the new owner of such a beautiful, useful tool.
    Thanks so much for giving us a chance to win items :)
    Jen
    mar3ks@comcast.net

  26. medea says:

    The projects in this book seem to be just what is needed in order to definitely bring crochet to a fashionable modern image. I´m tired of seeing only baby clothes and see-through lacy shirts I could never pull off, this is definitely crochet anyone can wear!

  27. Bladerunner says:

    I’d like to win this book. I’ve recently been learning how to sew. So far, I’m most attracted to refashioning clothing. This book looks like a great way to learn some additional techniques for spiffing up old clothing and making it new again.

  28. CraftyMaria says:

    Looks like it is a really great book. I am fascinated by ways of using traditional crafts in modern ways so Crochet Adorned looks like something just for me.

  29. prairiegirl40 says:

    I would LOVE to own a copy of Linda’s new book. It’s on my wish list already, and I know that it would be well used. Not only does Linda have lovely ideas for using crochet as embellishment, but I’ve found that she’s very helpful and clear with instructions. Her blog is a favorite of mine. Please add me to the list for the drawing! :-)

  30. Denise says:

    Yes, I would love to win this book. We have a crafting club at our library and this book would be great to share and spark some ideas.

  31. Roxanne Davis says:

    This book is wonderful, these are the projects I long to do and cannot work it out in my head. :)

  32. Irene says:

    Since I learned to crochet a few months ago, I’ve been obsessed with making small things like amigurumi and baby blankets, but making clothes that actually have to fit is just too scary! This book would be the perfect way for me to get into crocheting wearable items that I would be proud to show off.

  33. Angie H. says:

    This book is just fantastic! I would love to win a copy!
    Thank you so much…Angie!

  34. Brandy says:

    I would love to win this book because I love to alter my clothing to make it different from everyone elses and the store bought stuff.

  35. Jessica Savage says:

    I just had my first baby and after 9 months of maternity clothes my wardrobe is ready for a little makeover…not to mention, I love to find cute and up-to-date crochet patterns!

  36. Dana V. says:

    GASP! A book combining my top two favorite crafts?! Be still my heart! I’ve love to win this book, but if I don’t I’m totally buying it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. April in Autumn says:

    I’ve just started learning how to transform clothing and this would make so much of my projects look more finished. I’m definitely looking for this book at my local library and then maybe the book store.

  38. Vanessa says:

    What a great book! I know all about not being able to afford the real Anthropologie. I’ve tried to modify some items before – like replacing the sleeves on a standard button-down blouse with crocheted sleeves – but it always goes horribly wrong. I NEED HELP! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. kaitlyn says:

    this book looks amazing!! i would love to win a copy. thank you.

  40. emmy jay says:

    I haven’t crocheted anything in a very long time — but just looking at those pictures has me thinking I want to do something *soon* — I would love to have that book!

  41. mub says:

    What an amazing looking book! I would love to learn to do something like the red tank or the green topped tunic.

  42. Gigi says:

    I love crochet and I love sewing and upcycling! I must have this book, it’s like a marriage between my two favorite crafts. I’m super excited to check it out at my local book store!

  43. Out2lunch says:

    Wow, this book looks wonderfully interesting. So many crochet books just rehash the same old thing, but this book looks to be far more inspired. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  44. Stephanie says:

    This books looks so amazing. I would love to try out all the incredible projects.

  45. shala_beads says:

    And the book looks wonderful and full of fun quick projects.
    shalasbeads@gmail.com

  46. Stacey S. says:

    I want this book to make stylish embellishments to cover the constant stains that seem to get onto my clothes??!!

  47. Laura_J says:

    I already added this book to my christmas list! It is rare to see only a few crochet motifs for small embellishments in one location … imagine … a whole book! I can’t wait to see it.

  48. Crissy says:

    I love to crochet and could really use some inspiration, this book is perfect! It is something I would definitely use and enjoy! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Crissy
    crystalmwa@gmail.com

  49. Jadeypop says:

    As of recently, I have become a crochet addict. Grabbing every book in sight to add to my library, while spewing all the info into my brain. But, I haven’t added a book like this one yet to the collection!
    It LOOKS amazing and fun instead of taking the ol’ skool granny square route, it’s putting a twist on crocheted clothes.

  50. loosgroov says:

    I’m just getting back into crochet. I did it as a kid, but i’ve been a knitter as an adult. this book looks awesome.

  51. V. Max says:

    Like someone up above said, these projects have echoes of Anthropologie, and what girl wouldn’t adore THAT, and still having money in their pocketbook? I’d love to have this book, to support my addictions of unique clothing, DIY, and crochet. It’s like a conglomeration of all things that make my heart do its own little happy dance.

  52. Lindsey says:

    I would love to have this book! The projects look great and I know I could add to my crochet skills!

  53. Amy says:

    Love how the trims really make the clothes pop! I could use some more fun in my wardrobe!

  54. thea_lamo says:

    I am going to start teaching first grade this year, and I need to show less cleavage! Instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, I would like to be able to make my current shirts a little less revealing in a creative and cute way!!!

  55. Teddi says:

    When I was a child, my mom crocheted doilies and other “useless” things I didn’t have time for. It never inspired me to learn to crochet. In college, friends taught me to crocheted scarves, blankets and mittens, which at least seemed useful. I have grown to love the beautiful motifs in lace crochet and think that this book would be the perfect combination to meld my sensibilities with my mom’s doily-making.

  56. Marya says:

    This book is right up my alley! I’ve been drawn to clothes in stores with great crocheted details, yet I don’t buy them because I think, “Hey, I could do this myself.” But I have yet to do that, and I think that this book will make me do it. I love all of the examples so far and need to see the rest of the book!

  57. Allison says:

    I’d love to win this book because I’ve been reading Linda’s blog for a long time, love to crochet, and *really* need to get some embellishment into my very plain wardrobe!!

  58. Allison says:

    I would love to win this book because I am always looking for new techniques and things to learn in the world of crochet, and how to jazz up old clothes of mine as to not have to buy more.

  59. Marlana says:

    I would like this book because I *need* that tunic in the last picture. It makes me drool.

  60. knittylizzie says:

    I would love to have this book in my library as I have a growing pile of clothes all ready to be made over and/or re-purposed. It seems like a necessary reference book.

  61. MelodyJ says:

    I want this book because I have want to learn how to crochet on fabric for a while now. I have always loved the results of this combo.

  62. megan says:

    I’d love this book because I love Linda’s blog and her patterns and would love to try some of the new one to prettify some clothes!

  63. Erin Compton says:

    I want this book because I have recently rediscovered the joy of crochet since my husband taught me how to read patterns. (I love that man!) And I have been really jonesin’ for some crochet fashion.

  64. adrea says:

    Today,
    I was wasting time away,
    sitting around thinking, what could I crochet?
    Then, suddenly, it came to me, a book giveaway!
    Oh I hope I win this and not waste another day!

  65. Angi says:

    I have been WAITING for something like this for a long time. You see crochet accents on all sorts of high end clothes, and you know it can’t be that hard to do, but to have the designs already planned out. LOVE the sleeve panels! That would also be so cute on a knit sweater.

  66. rebecca says:

    My grandmother taught me to crochet and knit when I was a kid, and now I fill the house with half-finished projects. (Ok, most of them get finished in the end.)
    I love the images from this book and would be so excited to give it a try! Thanks :)

  67. MiA says:

    If I win this book, I will give it to my 15 year old son who crazy loves to crochet! Maybe he would crochet something nice for me ;)

  68. MA says:

    I used to be exclusively a crocheter, but have branched off into many other fields, mainly because the crochet patterns that were available seemed to scream ‘homemade’ (as opposed to ‘handmade’). I’m so glad to see it enjoying a resurgence and that there are now some really ‘in’ patterns coming out. This book looks like a great addition to a library!

  69. sarah says:

    i love these tops when i see them in stores (forever 21 had a tank a while back) but i dont want to buy something i know i could make, if only i knew how! with this book, i would!

  70. Ambar says:

    I like everything I am seeing. I have been thinking that I want to take my crochet further than where I’m at, and this is inspiring. Thanks for reading this.

  71. Joy Tscherne says:

    This book would help me so much! Recently I have been diagnosed with a serious illness that limits my activities. The one thing I can still do is crochet! I have three beautiful growing grand daughters that love fashion and thankfully love crocheted items! I so enjoy crocheting for them and they really love wearing anything that “Gramma” makes. Now that they are older the hats, scarfs, and poncho’s are not as “cool”. This book would be so helpful in showing me ways to incorporate my crocheting into their everyday fashion that they can wear and enjoy! It would also help me to learn how to make clothing for them that will last and be able to be passed down.

  72. Karina Beck says:

    I recently took up crochet and am loving it! I am a rock climber and guide and want to start wearing thing that look a bit more feminine on the rocks (sounds silly but I love being a girl with all the frills!).Crochet is the perfect project to take with me on our longer climbing (and other) trips. I also love gifting my creations to others ( I love seeing their smiles!). Making the world a more beautiful place is so wonderful and what better way to do then through beautifully crocheted clothes!

  73. justrho says:

    (everytime i tried to sign in and leave a comment, it would disappear! my username on here is rhogre60… with my display name being justrho… i’m hoping this time i can leave my comment! thanks!)
    isn’t it amazing how creativity just flows and flows through generations? my grandmother, “Mama El” as she insisted on being called, taught me to crochet when i was about 9 yrs old. my daughter, amanda, couldn’t quite seem to “pick it up” as easily and i wasn’t able to continue any lessons with her before she passed away at 16 yrs old. but my oldest son has blessed me with two wonderful granddaughters and i really hope i get the opportunity to teach them how to crochet! the projects in this book are beautiful examples of blending this oldtime art with newfound insight into re-purposing, re-using and re-creating. what a legacy to pass on! i would dearly love to have this book to learn from.

  74. kat says:

    This is a great idea! I’ve been a crochet fan for a while but I’ve been lamenting the lack of crochet application for a while. Love that breezy tunic!

  75. JoAnne Jenkins says:

    It’s so nice to see a book with such lovely crochet. Usually, the clothing I’m attracted to is knit – but I hate to knit! This has some lovely stuff.

  76. cindyhan says:

    I want to win this book because I am in love with all of the projects pictured in this post and want to get started updating my wardrobe!

  77. More Money for Sewing Notions says:

    So cool! I would love to have a copy of this book! I’ve been wanting to make crochet embellished tank tops, but I don’t feel like I know enough crochet to come up with a good design. I really like the idea of the stitch dictionary in this book, especially since there’s an emphasis on decorating clothing.

  78. WaterPixie says:

    I would love to win this book! I’ve been feeling the bug to pick up my crochet hooks again and this would give me so many fun projects to work on!

  79. Jennifer says:

    This would be an awesome gift for my best friend!

  80. stefalufagus says:

    I’d sooo love to have this book. I’m always looking for ways to spice up my wardrobe and I’d love to advance my crochet skills.

  81. kim says:

    Would love to win a copy, seems all I crochet are baby blankets.

  82. miss lila says:

    I just recently learned to crochet and this book is exactly the kind of thing that I love! I’ve been ogling it over at Linda’s blog for weeks, but long-term unemployment makes buying it unrealistic for me now — my fingers are crossed!

  83. Kacy says:

    I would LOVE to win this book because I enjoy crocheting, appreciate good DIY fashion, and frequently admire Linda’s crochet work on her blog. :-)

  84. Chelsea says:

    I would love to win this book so I can use the cute patterns as inspiration

  85. Elyse says:

    My intent is to present
    the content which I represent
    and so I plea, in any event,
    this rosetta stone of trims and accents
    would help my life one hundred percent!
    I started crocheting shortly after my husband deployed, and it’d be wonderful to display what I’ve learned!

  86. shannon says:

    ummmm, why do i want to win this book??? more like why don’t i want this book! it’s fabulous and i love to crochet and linda permann rocks!!!!!!!!!!! pick me, pick me!

  87. Rebecca says:

    I’d love to win this to make some new tops for myself – beautiful designs!

  88. Salihan says:

    I love the projects in this book! They are perfect in this tough economic times when buying large amount of yarn at once just isn’t possible for me. But the smaller projects can keep my hands busy and make me very happy!

  89. Rebekah says:

    This book looks awesome!…I would love to learn all of her techniques for embellishing with crochet, what a great way to refresh an old wardrobe!!!

  90. Callie Luhrman says:

    I would love to win this book! I love to crochet!

  91. Kristin Hankins says:

    I would love to have this book. I love to crochet and from the looks of these pictures I could do some super cute stuff this winter when it gets cold. Tha is when I really get going on my crochet work!

  92. marie says:

    What an awesome idea! A few days ago I started re organizing my closet and now I have a bag of old t-shirts and tank tops that I was going to give away. But with a book like this, I can totally revamp the old stuff into something new. Great for the planet! Crossed fingers!

  93. Denise R says:

    because I finally have time to make something!

  94. nutmegh says:

    I would ultimately love to own a copy of this book. I can imagine it now advocate eco friendly wardrobe, summer prairie, tunes of dolly parton in the distant, scent of daisy marc jacobs, a patchwork blanket under a tree, and hours on end of crochet adorned. ideal (*sigh).

  95. Kala says:

    I’d love to win this book, I think crochet is at it’s best with pretty little adorments.

  96. Sarah says:

    I have been waiting (fingers drumming) for this book! Everything I have read about it just makes me want it more. There are so many projects that I want to do that nothing else will ever get done (like cooking, laundry, you know, the boring stuff)! And a Stitch Dictionary too — I’m in Heaven! If I don’t win, I’m definitely buying.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!

  97. Kristen says:

    I would love to win the book because I think incorporating sewing and crochet is a grand idea. Plus, adding crochet to an old shirt is a good way to keep it out of the thrift store pile.

  98. Tiffany :) says:

    Because she makes crochet sound lovely.. I love sewing these days, fabric/thread/repurposing old/used clothes… and a stitch dictionary in the back? why yes, i think this book might just get me going on another crafty skill/love. :)

  99. Sarah L says:

    I love Linda’s work, especially her use of color. I have been reading her blog for awhile now and am so excited about her first book! Both the patterns and techniques sections of the book are inspiring. I think this book will help me become a more creative crocheter by encouraging me to try new techniques and construct my own patterns using materials I already have on hand.

  100. speckless says:

    I would love, love, love to get a copy of this book. As an avid crocheter (http://speckless.etsy.com), I am always looking for new techniques and new ways to use crochet. Also, I was actually going to start a couple projects similar to the ones pictured, and having a reference would be invaluable for me!

  101. kimplosion says:

    i’m in love with everything pictured… i want to start incorporating knit and crochet to clothes– just need to know how! i love this stuff!

  102. Jess says:

    oh, I would love this book so much. I’m new to crochet and am so addicted, I would adore this book, I can tell!

  103. Marie says:

    Ah, I too love Anthropologie, but it’s just too, too expensive. My friend has a bit of problem with that store and is constantly encouraging me to buy from there, despite the fact that she’s less financially able to spend that kind of money. I’ve been teaching her to knit and would love to get this book and show her how she (and me!) could come up with some of that kind of stuff for a whole lot less.
    Otherwise, I guess I’ll have to get my library to get it (you can do that! they’ll listen!). Hurrah, for thrifty chic!

  104. Gerwerken says:

    I have to admit that crochet is one of the very few fiber arts that I have not been tempted to learn….that is until now. I want to make the things I have seen so far from this book. I may have to finally learn to crochet!

  105. Aneesah says:

    …I’ve self-taught myself crochet but so far my projects have been mostly amigurumi and small trinket-like stuff. Never made a garment or anything related to clothes. It would be interesting to try finer, more detailed crochet pieces and the ability to wear your creations is just a cool bonus!

  106. Kristina says:

    I’m in love with this book! It looks wonderful, just what I’ve been wanting to learn.

  107. Mel says:

    Love the green top and the crocheted neckline. I want this book!

  108. Poobert says:

    The photos from this book are beautiful and I think the best use of using crochet in an updated way for current fashion that I have seen so far. I would not only wear all the articles of clothes I have seen from it, I LOVE them. I really want this book, and you should chose me because as I was recently laid off and am currently brokity broke broke it does not appear that I will be able to buy the book anytime in the near future.
    Please please please!
    Thank you.
    loveforvengeance@gmail.com

  109. AnnaA says:

    I am in the process of fixing up my wardrobe by refashioning old stuff and thrifted stuff and sometimes new stuff. Good and beautiful ideas about embellishment would be great. And that book looks wonderful!

  110. Justine says:

    I would love to have this book so I could add to my crochet skills repertoire.

  111. nic says:

    Hmm, someone in our house has been thinking of getting to grips with crochet bits and bobs for ages – I think she would love it.

  112. Jennifer says:

    I would love to have this book so that I can refashion my clothes and have a new wardrobe! :) That and I am still finding out the joys of crocheting since I mostly knit.

  113. sarah vine says:

    I’ve a top set aside already intending to do something like this! I’d so love to win this book…..

  114. Katharine says:

    I’d love to win this looks. Looks like many great projects!

  115. Ayelet D says:

    This book is exactly what I’m into right now, I’ve recently started crochet and I love combining it with sewing projects. Really really cool!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  116. Ashleigh says:

    No big expectations of actually winning here (look at the number of comments! How cool for both the blog and the book!), but I think this book looks beautiful. I never buy these kinds of books for myself – too pretty to deserve I guess, plus, what if I didn’t use it?! Then I’d feel horrible. But I think I’d actually use some of the ideas in this book – I’m relatively new to crocheting but these are exactly the scale of projects I can manage (no full-size sweaters for me!). Plus, when I saw the flowers and butterfly, I thought: aha! I can do THAT! And then I saw the shirt with the inset sleeves (is that the “breezy tunic”?) and I thought: wow. SO pretty. Imagine I could make THAT?!
    Anyways. It looks like a really beautiful book – congratulations Linda.

  117. Jennifer says:

    I’d absolutely love this book! I once did something like this with a shirt through a tutorial on threadbanger. It was so much fun and the results were very rewarding. I’d love to do more of these projects.

  118. sarwat says:

    OMG the projects shown in the pictures are so amazing i just so want this book

  119. Anne says:

    I love everything and anything crochet and would love this book – I have followed Linda for quite sometime – such a talented gal. a.haun@sbcglobal.net

  120. Anne says:

    I love anything and everything crochet! Oh I hope I can win this book. a.haun@sbcglobal.net

  121. salma says:

    really nice designs and thanks for the opportunity to win this book … I have been made crochet designs quite some time ago now is a golden chance to refresh my crotchet skills with new projects from this book

  122. mette says:

    Just what we have been looking for, for ages!

  123. Justina says:

    This book should be mine!!! I love crochet and love trying various different things. This a help for me how to bring old clothes to life, learn more stitches and be a wonderful stylish woman!

  124. aldin124 says:

    Awesome ideas!

  125. Marie-Christine says:

    I have a long sad history of sweaters 4 years in the making. (yes, that’s in the plural). So being able to make a yoke only would be such an improvement. In fact, you could crochet in wool and use a t-shirt body in wool jersey and get a warm sweater.
    OK, I might well do it even if I don’t win the book, but it’d be so good to benefit from their experience and have some sensible instructions to start from, pretty please :-).. Thanks for telling us about the book in any case!

  126. Geace Wong says:

    Actually, I’ve never done crochet before. The only thing I know how to make with yarn and needles is a scarf.
    But after seeing that beautiful blouse in the last picture, I REALLY want to start crocheting.

  127. Grace Wong says:

    (referring to the comment below) sorry, my name is Grace Wong, not Geace Wong. lol

  128. anyakase says:

    Awesome books! I have been looking for a book that I could use to make cute things for my Niece (18) I could never find anything that appealed to her artistic sensabilities this may be it.

  129. Katy Lin says:

    i am always looking for chic new ideas like this! please count me in!

  130. Cynthia Winter says:

    WOW! What cool designs. It’s great to see more creative and contemporary desins.

  131. sassycrafter says:

    Wow! This book looks absolutely fabulous!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, either by being lucky enough to win one here or by buying one at my local bookstore.
    I’m guessing that if you were worried about matching yarns to garments, you could also pick a neutral garment and yarn and then dye the finished product to whatever shade you wanted.

  132. MegRuth says:

    I am SO loving this book! I’d love to work on another creative outlet!

  133. estebbins says:

    I’m trying to refresh my wardrobe without buying new things, and this book looks like it has great ideas for giving things new life.

  134. Calli Cohn says:

    I mostly knit but this book makes me want to crochet!!!!

  135. debbieb97 says:

    I would love to win this book! I follow Linda at Craft Stylish and at her own website, as well as Ravelry and I believe her to be a very talented woman. I am so happy for her with the publication of this book and I would love to have one! signed by her, I’m assuming versus the unsigned version at the book store.

  136. samsstuff says:

    I would love to win this book filled with new & beautiful crochet embellishments!
    I’ve just returned to crochet after many years of absence & have been having fun creating things in this medium. The designs shown are beautiful & I would love try them out!

  137. Amy L says:

    I love to crochet gifts for my family, and this book has some cute patterns I could make for my daughters. Thanks.

  138. Acajjou says:

    I totally would love this book! My first experiences in crafting was crochet, which I’ve somewhat set aside for “quicker” projects, though I still love the look and feel of crocheted lace and embellishments. I am now really into sewing and altering existing clothes, so this would be perfect! :)

  139. Phyllis Ziarko says:

    I would love to crochet items from this book. I think I will email MaryBeth Temple and see if she can get Linda on her Getting Loopy show.
    phyllisziarko@yahoo.com

  140. nina says:

    I would like to win this book b/c I have been looking for some new crochet inspiration!

  141. Faith says:

    So delicious! This book would give me the confidence to further my fledgling skills.

  142. Gordana says:

    I spent vacation at home. Which is great since I have all my hooks and yarn with me. And lots of time to devote to them. So I designed and made some crocheted jewelry (with beads, lots of beads).. and then an idea hit me: what if I make some crocheted parts and turn this not so pretty tank into something more fashionable…
    And then I stumbled upon this page just to learn there is already book on the subject! How cool is that? :-)
    I have noticed this phenomenon several times: often some ideas turn in public in various places and with various people. Although some are early birds like Linda, aren’t they?
    My congratulations to Linda for the book and for fabulous designs!

  143. Beth Grim says:

    I’ve been a dedicated thrift store shopper/clothing upcycler for years. This book looks like it has some great new ideas that I’d like to add to my repertoire for creating something new and beautiful from something old. My fingers are itching to try them out!

  144. Lisa says:

    I have just finished my first two crochet projects and would love to have this book to learn how to make some fancies for embellishing.

  145. cait says:

    This book looks gorgeous! My wardrobe needs updating, I can’t afford new things.

  146. Cara says:

    I have a sweater I want to deconstruct and add crochet to, but I know it would turn out so much prettier if I had instructions rather than making it up as I go along…

  147. Anna says:

    This book looks wonderful! I have been addicted to crochet since I learnt last year. I have often thought it would be good to embellish clothing or other items with crochet but haven’t quite had a chance to figure out how. This book looks like it would provide lots of inspiration as well as advice on “how to”.

  148. Annika says:

    I would be excited to win this book because I’d love to try different crocheting projects. I’ve only done a few things, and this could help me get better.

  149. ginatrout says:

    I’ve been crocheting for years, and love the Idea of extending your wardrobe in this way. I would love to win this, but if not, I will definitely buy this for my library.

  150. Emily says:

    I’m just in the beginning stages of learning different crochet techniques and everything that I have seen so far from the photos displayed in the book is SO CUTE! I would love to get my hands on a copy and start making some of these adorable things. Thanks for the chance to win!

  151. Debbie says:

    On a recent shopping trip, my friend Lisa and I noticed lots of beautiful clothing with crocheted adornments. It looks like a lovely book.

  152. diysara says:

    Living on a budget means creative ways to stretch everything is key. This would be a great book for inspiration and instruction to do just that.
    Thanks for the chance :)

  153. keiko says:

    I used to knit and crochet a lot. But now I want to start that hobby again and that book looks like it is filled with inspiration!

  154. christina says:

    I would love to have this book because
    1.) I love Linda’s work
    2.) I’m having crafters block and desperately need inspiration
    3.) I’m already drooling over the sneek peak project pictures shown and everyone needs a good drool every once in a while

  155. kat says:

    I love the sneak peak photos I’ve seen, and I’m always thrilled to see new ideas for crochet. Such beautiful inspiration!

  156. Jen Anderson says:

    Pick me! Pick me! I would love this book because I’m just learning to sew and adding great embellishments would made basic projects look fantastic.

  157. Kirsten Collins says:

    I love the way the crochet adds an element of flair to the different pieces! I would love this book to help me dress up my boring wardrobe and personalize my kids’ clothing!

  158. Betty Clay says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I’m an avid crocheter but need new ideas to modernize my creations.

  159. gladreal says:

    I’m so glad to see a new crochet book that is stylish and very do-able. It looks like it is a great guide for newbies, and it offers fresh inspiration for those of us who’ve been using the hook for a while…..it’d be great to win, but I’d probably save my pennies to get it if not!

  160. Carly says:

    I’m new to crochet, that is. I taught myself to crochet this summer in order to make a wig for the waldorf-style doll (Lulu) I made my little girl for her first birthday. Now I am ready to move on to projects for me! :)

  161. Lisa B says:

    I love crochet but prefer it to be one part of a garment, rather than the whole thing – so this book is perfect!

  162. britt says:

    I have crocheted since I was little but am so intrigued by the idea of modern/fashionista applications for crocheting. I would love this book! Anthropologie meets sitting in front of the TV and crocheting while watching P & P…the original of course.

  163. liz says:

    i’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and i LOVE the idea that the book is about adding sweet little finishing touches to things you already have.

  164. ebi says:

    I would love to embellish/upcycle some older clothes with pretty crochet appliques. :)

  165. Amber Schilling says:

    I would love to win this book! I taught myself to crochet a few months ago and am having a lot of fun with it already! This book looks not only fun and modern, but also practical with the stitch dictionary in back.

  166. mentholk says:

    I would love to have this book because it looks like exactly what I have been looking for everywhere! I enjoy crocheting daily and I want to be able to add my own crocheted touches to the clothing I reconstruct. Thank you!!

  167. Regina says:

    This book would find a very special place in my home because 1) it looks beautiful, 2) I could learn new ways to refashion some of my clothing and 3) because I feel like I am the more modern version of my grandmother and she loved to crochet. Thanks!

  168. Maggie says:

    I would love to win this book, as I always struggle to show my friends and family that crocheting isn’t just for grandmas! Girls in their 20s can love it and make cute things too :)

  169. frances says:

    I would love to win this book as my wardrobe is looking very tired and my clothes need some revamping!

  170. Janackeh says:

    i would LOVE this book because it looks sooo cute and i’d love to add crochet to my needlework skills =)
    email: janackeh@gmail.com

  171. Lita says:

    I want it too. Nice to see crochet that isn’t so predictable.

  172. janet says:

    finally! I’ve been seeing cute tops with sweet crocheted details everywhere and been wanting to make my own! I’m so happy there’s a book out now that will show me how.

  173. rachelnm says:

    The inspiration I’ve obtained just from the pictures in the post will keep me going for a few days. But if I could get the book I’d be in crochet heaven!
    I <3 your giveaways!
    <3Rachel

  174. Mare says:

    I need this book because I am looked on as a little old lady by many of my peers. Just because I am a university student who spends most of her time knitting and crocheting, drinking tea, talking about her cats (in conversations completely unrelated to pets or even animals in general), pulling out photos of her cats to show to people (whether they have expressed a desire to see them or not), making disapproving noises at the antics of youth today (usually in conjunction with their failure to properly appreciate her cats), complaining about her eyesight (all the better to crochet a stuffed cat with, my dear)…okay, maybe I can see their point. But I maintain that, if I had this book, I would be able to add some razzmatazz to my wardrobe, and everyone would be like, “Where did you get that gorgeous shirt/dress/apron?” and I would be all like, “I crocheted it BAM OH YES THAT JUST HAPPENED” and they would realize once and for all the wonders of crocheting. I would be a campus god, a god I tells ya.
    Then maybe they would listen about my cats.

  175. bag says:

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

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