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Projects Completed In 2007

  • Pineapple Pullover

  • Clay items - beads, etc.

  • Abi - Rowan Sweater

  • Several Beaded Necklace/Earring sets

  • Christmas Table Topper

  • Rhubarb (aka "Tomato") knit

  • Larger Than Life Bag - Crochet

  • Vogue Cardi #19 - Knit

  • Summer Bag - crochet

  • Lucy in the Sky with Bob - Knit

  • Spiderweb Cardi - Crochet

  • Bianca's Jacket - Knit

  • Something Red - knit

  • Two tea cozies - one knit, one crochet

  • Square Neck Tank top - knit

  • Doris Chan's Lace Cardi - crochet

  • Nantucket Jacket

  • Fish Bath Mat

  • Crocheted Triangles Purse

  • More dishcloths than one person should EVER make

  • Fountain Lace Cardi - Knit

  • 2 Knit & 1 Crocheted Calorimetries


  • Knitting Patterns Crochet Patterns by


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September 27, 2007



I really, really liked this book also-almost all of the patterns are timeless-can't wait to see what you come up with.


Wow... Galena is gorgeous, and the one you're making is really pretty, too (although the green in the sample is pretty awful, and even worse in combination with the other colors in it... not to mention it doesn't quite match the shirt she's wearing with it). Every one that you showed looks like something I might like to wear (although some with small adjustments).


Ha! Even better... Zooba has it! Just when I'm ready to cancel my subscription (although really, I should've done it months ago), they finally get in a couple of books I really want (They have Vogue Knitting's Ultimate Sock Book, too... I saw it at B&N, and it's a rather nice book if you like to make socks).


I happen to really love it also. I think the only downfall (which you were able to spin as an upside to it), is the similarity between the patterns. There isn't a ton of variety, everything is built from everything else and everything is in some sort of shell stitch pattern. If you don't like that, the book is definitely not for you. I earmarked about 10 patterns I'd like to make, though, as this book is definitely in line with my style. I think Deneen is correct, too, a lot of the patterns are timeless, and a few years from now you're not going to look at them and think...those are SO last year.

Can't wait to see your FO. Unfortunately, I don't have much time before Christmas to make anything for myself. Waaaah!


Wow, I really like those designs and I'm not a huge fan of crochet. Would you recommend the book to a relatively new crocheter? Are most of these tops done in the round? I really like the Galena and the cowly one. Very nice. Thanks for the review!

Andrea (noricum)

That's a lot of redirecting on the patterns. ;)


Deneen - I'm loving it because I get to use worsted yarn. Something I have plenty of!

April - I agree that the similarity can be a drawback. Obviously, if you don't like tunics/shell designs, this isn't the book for you! I do think that different yarns (like the Shadows) would really go a long way to adding zip to some of the plainer patterns.

Kelly - Most of Chan's designs are easy enough for beginners. The only problem I see beginners having is keeping your place in the pattern. Andrea's right - there's a lot of skipping between patterns and if you lose your place (especially with the increases during the raglan sequence) it could be hard to get back on track.

That said, I think this is a great book for someone starting out because it shows how patterns can be changed & adjusted for size/fit/look fairly easily. That's SO important for crafters to learn!

Carrie K

Like you haven't had a million FO's.

Oh, the lure of crochet! Again! now that I can knit again, maybe crochet is not far behind. There's a really cute hat.....


I don't know about anyone else but I have tried some of Doris Chan's free patterns from naturally caron and usually end up so frustrated I give up. I have been crocheting now for 3 years. I don't consider myself experienced but neither am I beginner. My problem with her patterns Is I find myself trying to do an XL and get told to crochet as for a medium then I look at the medium and it says to crochet as lace pattern row 2. My problem with her patterns isn't the complexity of the pattern itself, it is in the writing style of the patterns. That being said I love her stuff and would love it pick up this book but I am scared to death to try this book. Should I even bother? Are all of her patterns written in this way?


I've done a lot of crocheting of scarves and fingerless gloves -- nothing that ever required a pattern. I was going to have surgery and would have to sit around for several months, so decided to commit to learning to read crochet patterns. Was so excited to start the shannon sweater from crochet me, but started over 5 times, making a few other things in between (one a fairly mildly complicated hat from a pattern that only took a couple of hours). My problem with Doris' patterns was that you never know where you're going, so you just have to have faith and do what she says, confident that you're interpreting correctly. Top down raglan sleeves wasn't enough for me to understand that the first row goes around the back of the neck, and that the v neck was created by adding one stitch before turning and going back around the back again. A single diagram would have solved it. Also the sizing wasn't clear, and I don't think I'm quite happy with the fit of my first sweater. All this was pretty frustrating because I KNEW it wasn't that hard -- I just had no idea where I was going, but knew that if I messed up in the first couple of rows the whole thing would not work out. So, beginner or not, I don't think it matters. It can just be hard to read these patterns, but easy to do them at any level.

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I'm having a horrible time with her "Out of Sight" pattern. I was wondering if someone might have posted a different "readable" version somewhere online. I have been crocheting for 8 years and this is confusing to me. I need to complete this project by February for an anime convention cosplay. Anyone have any ideas? I would really appreciate it. Thanks.


I hope for forgivnes for my english ;)
I can not understand the signature/tecknade in swedish, always sensed Images. although I'm used to from childhood.
I took the yarn and crochet hook and tested. I read slowly and practiced a few times.
There was nothing, so I put it aside and I thought about it while I did other things. Then a thought struck me: Hey where did the chain goes ? And as I tryed to finde the chain I put the needle in it and the chain was under the stitsh ore on the other side of the stitsh while I followed the pattern, beliving I was doing the right thing.
I'm waiting for my first pattern of doris chan and have just started with the Fsc and if nobody else has anything to say about it so I belive I m doing the right thing.
Thank you for sending this Im verry glad for all your information about Doris Chans pattern. Have a nice day

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