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Monday, 16 January 2012

The Crochet Book - Cath Kidston

The Crochet Tin Book
The Crochet Book is an irresistible gift set that is the perfect introduction to this traditional craft. Bringing her modern take to crochet, Cath Kidston has designed a colourful patch cushion that will cheer any room. Using double-knitting weight yarn in six upbeat, bright Cath Kidston colours, you can now make your very own Cath Kidston cushion. Packaged in a bright floral design, re-useable tin, this gift set includes everything you need to make the cushion including six balls of yarn, one red metal 4mm crochet hook plus a double-sided pattern sheet that gives all the instructions for making up the cushion. In addition, the gift set includes a 48 page paperback booklet containing all the essential information on the basic crochet techniques, including foundation chains, single crochet, double crochet, changing colours and finishing off. There are even some alternative ideas for what else you can make with your crochet patches in case a cushion isn't for you. With clearly written instructions accompanied by explanatory diagrams, The Crochet Book will tempt everyone to pick up a hook and start crocheting.

This is gorgeous - a fantastic gift for Cath Kidston fans everywhere. The set comes in a tin, which is a beautiful Cath Kidston design. 

The set includes: How to Crochet - a small book which details the basics of crochet in both words and pictures and explains basic terminology. There is also a section entitled avoiding mistakes which I found very useful. There are also six balls of yarn and a crochet hook. The wool are in beautiful, vibrant colours which look fantastic together. There is also included a pattern card for a granny square cushion - for use with the included wool. The pattern is a basic pattern and can be completed using the techniques shown in the instruction/technique book. The pattern uses nine granny squares and a large square for the back. It will be quick to stitch up and could be completed in a week.

I would recommend this as a fantastic crafty gift for any age. The pattern is easy enough for beginners to follow, but accomplished crochets will love the vibrant colours and will add their own style to the pattern. The set will also be a great gift for Cath Kidston fans and the reusable tin will look fantastic on any shelf.

Thank you to the publishers, Quadrille, for sending me the set to review.


  1. Can I ask - have you actually made this set up? Only I have and I found there to be not enough yarn in the set and what there was is of a very poor quality - not what you expect from a brand such as Cath Kidston nor for that price tag :(

  2. i haven't made it up yet - but am planning on doing so soon

  3. I've almost finished it, but there are a few small errors in the instructions and it's not clear how you complete it. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners. I do love the colours and it looks nice but I agree the yarn isn't great quality.

  4. I started with the large square and did not have enough yellow to complete it. There is no way I have enough wool for the second side. Such a shame as it is a lovely kit. Be prepared for a trip to your wool shop!