Magazine Review: Crochet World

  Hey all! Shelley had to take some time to get some stuff done, so she asked me to take the helm today, and she'll be back next week. I know she was planning on doing a magazine review, so I decided that I shall do one in her stead.
  The magazine I am reviewing is called Crochet World. You can find them online at, and also on Facebook, as well as at craft stores and Barnes and Noble. This is one of the two crochet mags that I always go to. I also like Simply Crochet, a UK mag, that I have a subscription to on my Nook, and I'll review that one soon.
  Anyway, what can I say about Crochet World. I love it! I am rarely bored with it, and tend to find at least 3 different patterns (usually more!) that I want to do. One of the things that they do is put a picture of each pattern at the end of the magazine, so if you want to just quick peruse what patterns are in it, it's there. Since I usually am on my way to work, I don't have time to look through the whole thing, so it helps me quite a bit.
  The patterns are also clearly written, with special stitches explained well. If I have issues with a stitch, however, I turn to trusty Youtube for visual help. My first doily that I created was from Crochet World June 2012 (here's a pic):
The original pattern was created by Kathryn White, who had submitted the pattern to the magazine, and was chosen to be featured in it. It's called Chantilly Doily. That is another thing I like about this mag; they feature regular folks and their patterns.
  Like any other magazine, they feature letters asking for help/patterns and advice. They also include in every issue basic crochet stitches, and how to make them, as well as yarn guides. So, if you're a first-timer, or an old pro, you can learn or refresh terms and skills with any issue. However, they're main focus is patterns. Up to 27 patterns, from what I have seen.
  The ads aren't too obtrusive either. They do make me want to shop online, or in brick and mortar stores, though. I can hear hubby's wallet clenching as I say that, ha!
  Price is something I look for in a magazine, and the Crochet World price is very reasonable. I buy it at Barnes and Noble for the newsstand price of $5.99 (then I get my 10% disc from B&N). A lot of the magazines I love to get once in awhile are UK ones, and they tend to run into the $11.99 range, so I don't feel guilty buying this one once a month. True, I could subscribe, but I like the option to not buy it if I don't like enough of the patterns to justify the expense. Ok, so that's rare, but still!
  Overall, there isn't much that I don't like about this particular magazine. It's well laid out, clearly written, and you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you're a beginner, it's a good one for getting your feet wet (as it were), and if you've been doing this awhile, you can find tons of things to keep you occupied.
  Well, that's it for my first ever magazine review! Next week, Shelley will be doing something (I don't know what yet, but it should be fun!), and I'll keep crafting on. Any questions can be directed to our email (, or in the comments section.
Ta!  2 Dainty Crafters, aka Alyssa and Shelley


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