Here’s a little bit about my books and the process of putting them together.
A Square A Day/The Big Book of Granny Squares
I was commissioned to write this book by Ivy Press, the UK publishers. We produced the book initially in US crochet terminology as it was going to be published in the USA by Interweave Press. It was then translated to UK terms for “Square”. I designed 140-odd squares and wrote all the intro copy; 6 other designers produced the remaining squares: Deborah Smethurst of Crochet Tea Party; Katie Clammer and Lucy Adam of Katie Jo and Lulu Crochet; Lindsay Obermeyer of LBO Studio; Pauline Richards, and Lindey Tydeman.
It consists of 365 squares, arranged in a rainbow of colours. We balanced the skill level so that there are plenty for the beginner and intermediate crocheter, then slightly fewer advanced, and a few that are really challenging. We also tried to balance the techniques used so that each colour chapter offers the chance to try out most techniques. We found we were very influenced by the seasons, and by pieces owned by our mothers and grandmothers.
It was an epic to produce, but we all really enjoyed it and even had extra designs at the end, some of which I will post on this blog, so keep an eye out!
My second book, which CICO books commissioned me to write just after the work for “Square” was finished. This is arranged like a course, with 20 lessons and then a project to practice the skills at the end of each one. CICO specifically wanted a teacher to write this book, so I tried to apply some of my teaching principles to the production. I link back to what has already been learned, and wherever there is a connection to another skill, I try to highlight that. I also encourage the new knitter to constantly examine their knitting in terms of the properties of the fabrics they are creating, so that they really notice what’s going on, where the yarn is travelling, and what the fabric feels like in relation to others they will produce. I hope to foster a sense of real understanding, beyond slavishly following instructions. There are copious illustrations and instructions throughout, to take you from casting on right through to producing a relatively sophisticated raglan jacket with inset pocket and intarsia colour work.
The projects included range from a baby hat to a bobble throw, a cable front sweater to a messenger bag, so there is something for everyone, I hope. As the launch approaches I will post some images of what’s coming, so stay tuned!