Review- Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet, The Happy Hooker- Debbie Stoller

I love the ‘Stitch n’ Bitch’ books as they bring Crocheting and Knitting into the 21st century! Full of quirky tips, and fun, fashionable patterns leaving the awful 70s designs and out-dated stilted photgraphy behind!

The Happy Hooker is no exception and I would say 80% of the patterns in the book are wearable and trendy; if we overlook the ‘anarchy’ hat and ‘fashion first aid’ bag, this book is bursting with great ideas for the new generation of crocheters.

Also a great buy for quirkier crochet designs including an ipod case, jewellery, bunny slippers and a flowery door mat!

British crocheters may be a little confused at first, as this is an American crochet book and as you may or may not be aware our crochet stitches vary a little from our American cousins. They say tom-ay-to we say tom-ah-to! They say single crochet, we say double crochet, and confusingly we do say single crochet too but it means a slip stitch! I suppose it’s the crafting crisps, chips and fries conundrum so my top tip for British crocheters would be to put a post-it on page 44, so you can keep flicking back to the conversion table as and when needed! Make sure you translate the patterns in this way before you get started and find yourself in knots as I did!!!

I have made the following items in this book:

Garden Scarf- a beautiful, easy to make flower scarf. I have had requests from friends to make them one too, so am getting quite experienced with this one. My top tips: make more than 14 flowers- it simply isn’t long enough with this many, and sew the flowers together instead of crocheting- much neater and quicker!

Garden Scarf

One Skein scarf- I lie, my Mum made this one a few times and she knocked it out in a day, (although she is a pro) it is meant to be an easy to make, simple design, as the name implies.

Birdie and Flower Pin ups- you find designs like this all the time in Accesorize and other accesory stores, now you can make your own! Simple and fun to make, great to bulk up birthday and christmas presents for your friends. You can pin them on bags, coats, scarves and hats.

Bedfellows bunny- very cute! Made this for my niece before she was born, it was hard work and a confusing pattern which I kept having to ask my Mum for help with but the strife was worth it. My top tip- make this for someone you really care about otherwise you will throw it at the wall half way through and give up!

Lil monkey Afghan- used the pattern to make a blanket which matched the bunny’s colouring. Although this is just a standard Afghan design, the arrangment of the squares is interesting and if you add the monkey motif (which I didn’t) would add a cute touch for a baby’s blanket.

There are still several designs I really want to make from this book, including some of the bags (very cool!) and the ipod holder. So on the whole this was a worthwhile purchase as I have got a lot of wear out of this book and it’s patterns.

On a closing note, my message to Debbie Stoller, the author of this book:

Just because you can crochet something, doesn’t mean you should, seriously a crochet bikini and a crochet skirt should not have made the final edit!

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