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Most of us have personally experienced the calming and stress-relieving effects of crochet and that is why we love the craft. So, when I saw “Crochet Therapy: The Soothing Art of Savoring Each Stitch” on Amazon, I was so intrigued that I had to pre-order. I received it on release day and I was really impressed and fascinated with the entire book. I expected 20 crochet patterns that were fairly relaxing and comforting. This book has 20 patterns, AND so much more!
The table of contents begins with a color photo of every gorgeous pattern included in the book and the Mandalas and the Wave Wrap caught my eye immediately. I love the repetitive patterns in wraps and I started the Wave Wrap right away. It did not disappoint. It was really calming and a great relaxing project. It is a larger project so I haven’t finished it yet, but I pick it up any time that I need a second to calm down and relax. I also worked up a Colorful Coaster and a couple Calming Mandalas. Both were really enjoyable to make and the patterns were really easy to follow. Most of the patterns in the book are made in worsted weight or DK yarn and, except for the Blue Sky Afghan, you probably have all of the yarn you would need already in your stash.
After working up a few of the patterns, I read each of the sections. I admit, I am a bit of a skeptic in regards to relaxation techniques but this book includes several exercises for stress-relief, motivation, focus, joy, whole-body health and several others. Each of the patterns relates to a technique and includes an exercise. I did each exercise in the book and wow!, I am not a skeptic anymore. Betsan Corkhill, the author, has written these exercises in such a way that you will imagine yourself next to the cool ocean with a soft yoga mat and a personal relaxation coach. I started with the Basic Exercises section, which includes great exercises to alleviate the finger, wrist, arm, and neck tension that can accompany prolonged crocheting and they were amazing!
The Wave Wrap that I am making is in the Relax section and the 9 steps for relaxing and the Wave Wrap were perfect for me. The Colorful Coaster that I made was part of the Refresh section. The bright colors are refreshing and the mandala design represents unity, harmony, and balance. I had to make some of the gorgeous Calming Mandalas on the front cover and all the shades of blue worked perfectly to calm my nerves.
The last project section Friendship also caught my eye. There are two projects that are especially designed to be worked with your crochet friends. I definitely plan on making a Friendship Quilt at my next crochet get-together.
The last chapter of the book has a comprehensive guide to all your crocheting questions. Photo tutorials are included to help with all the stitches (Wow!), as well as How to Read a Crochet Pattern, Working in the Round, Joining Yarn, and Finishing.