A crafter can never have too many patterns.
And Kerry Lord’s second book Edward’s Menagerie: Birds is enough to satisfy any pattern junkie. We’re treated to a selection of over 40 new patterns in her most colourful designs yet. I jumped at the chance to get a copy to review.
The book is beautifully laid out and easy to understand, even for a beginner. There are stitch lessons and step-by-step assembly instructions, which even experience crocheters will find useful. Each bird adapts shapes from a clever library of patterns to create the different species. For example Celine the Dove—the simplest “level 1” pattern—uses the “standard” body pattern and then adapts the “perching” leg to get the right look.
What I love about these patterns is that there’s no complicated sizing or gauge involved. In the beginning of the book there’s a quick guide to help you choose yarn and hook sizes to get the size you’re after. If you want to be technical about it, not only are there over 40 patterns—there are infinite sizes. Or at least three easy variations of each.
With so many patterns to offer, the gorgeous photography and helpful instructions are almost just a bonus. Kerry Lord is a best-selling author, and with her second book as good (if not better!) than the first it’s easy to see why.
Edward’s Menagerie: Birds is available to buy online at the TOFT Shop. When you buy from TOFT you’ll get 10 exclusive bonus patterns, too.
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Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book to review.