By Tove Fevang
Trafalgar Square Books, $21.95, 90 pages

It’s amazing how therapeutic a ball of yarn and a crochet hook can be. Discover this for yourself with Totally Simple Crochet: Over 30 Easy Projects for the Home and to Wear. Norwegian author Tove Fevang has put together a unique variety of projects with European flair.

After a brief explanation of the abbreviations you’ll need to know in order to follow the patterns, Fevang eases into the world of crochet with a set of six dishrags designed to introduce you to several basic stitches. Step by step photographs aid the reader in their learning. Once you find your groove, you can advance to scarves, afghans, fingerless gloves and four different shawl patterns. There are felted cushions, (adult and child-sized) a shopping bag made of sturdy hemp yarn, and pillows in various stitch patterns that will add texture to your home. The last page lists the websites where you can order the recommended yarn in case you can’t find it in your area.

The variety of projects found in this book will appeal to those with elementary crochet skills and old pros alike.

Alicea Swett