Crafty Books that are Perfect for Summer Break!

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Crocheted Animal Hats by Niki Trench (April ’17) – In this book, Nicki Trench presents 35 simple animal hat designs. There are hats to keep little babies cosy, such as the super-cute rabbit and kitten and hats for toddlers and bigger kids such as the cool penguin, fierce (but sweet) shark and the cuddly polar bear. Most of the hats can be made in a range of sizes so adults who are young at heart won’t feel left out, and can have their very own tiger, fox or wolf hat. Have a teen that likes to crochet? They will love this one!  You can find this one at

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Yarn Whirled: The Royal Family: Easy to Craft Yarn Characters

Discover one of the coolest new crafts around with this fun and collectible guide. No plastic, wood, or metal base is involved; the cuddly dolls are easily made by wrapping yarn around itself. Each project features simple instructions accompanied by color photographs that illustrate every step. The only hard part is choosing a character, so you might just have to make them all! The 31 projects include yarn dolls of Queen Elizabeth at her coronation and on her 90th birthday, Charles and Di, Will and Kate, and many others. Bonus crochet patterns for royal accessories are included.

Price: $19.95

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Have a cat lover? This one is cute!

Dumpling Cats: Crochet and Collect them All

Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can’t get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pokémon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and “collect” them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!

You don’t have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!

Price: $19.95


Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books and cover images were provided. The above books have been highly recommended. 

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