By Carol Meldrum
Barron, $16.99, 128 pages
What can you crochet in half an hour or less? Well, according to Carol Meldrum you can make over sixty different delightful projects. Meldrum has designed easy to follow patterns for a variety of crocheted items ranging from practical and useful to decorative and just plain fun. The book includes patterns for items such as a table runner and napkin rings, bird and butterfly appliques, phone cases, earrings, necklace and bracelets, finger puppets and a slew of other crocheted treasures. The patterns range from beginner to experienced with plenty of intermediate as well. The patterns are primarily written instructions but many include handy diagrams for some of the more advanced items. Useful information is conveniently located in a stand out boxed area informing readers of materials and equipment needed, gauge and finished sizes. The book is chock full of colorful examples of finished items of every pattern. Also, included in the back of the book are crochet instructions, information about equipment, yarn weights, how to read a pattern and other useful tips. Carol Meldrum has written the ultimate solution for the creative yet time challenged crocheters of today with her new book 30 Minute Crochet.
Reviewed by Kimberly Logan-Elwell