Crochet at Play: Book Review and Giveaway

Crochet at Play by Kat Goldin

Crochet at Play by Kat Goldin

(Cooperative Press Assistant Editor MK Carroll here – we’ll be sharing more book reviews from the Knit Edge “What We’re Reading” column, and we’re kicking it off today with a review of Crochet at Play!)

Kat Goldin has been busy. In addition to maintaining her blog (, she launched an online magazine, The Crochet Project, with Joanne Scrace earlier this year, ran Crochet Camp over the summer, and will launch Knit Camp 2014 early next year. Her new book, Crochet at Play, recently hit bookshelves, and it’s packed with fun projects for kids that you can hook up in a weekend.

If you are already familiar with Kat’s design work, you’ll recognize her sweet, playful, and practical designs immediately. The garments and accessories are both whimsical and wearable, like the Mermaid Tail for newborns and the Wolf cabled cardigan. My personal favorite pattern is the Beastie Feet slippers, which I plan to crochet for my niece. She would like to have a polar bear for the winter holidays, please, but I’m pretty sure we’d all prefer she pretends to be a baby polar bear instead!

Crochet at Play by Kat Goldin Book Trailer from Kat Goldin on Vimeo.

The details:
Patterns are divided into 4 chapters: Head and Shoulders (includes hats, a crown, and a baby shawl), Fingers, Knees, and Toes (slippers, mittens, leg warmers, mermaid tail, and tutu skirt), Whole Self (cardigans, vests, tunic, and dress), and The Play Room (rug, pillow, blankets, and a hobby horse). The book includes a section on Getting Started (tips on yarns to use, yarn substitution, supplies you’ll need, and information about sizing), as well as Techniques and Basic Stitches, great for refreshing your memory if you are new to crochet or haven’t used a crochet pattern for a while.

The pattern instructions in this version use US/Canada crochet terminology (Crochet at Play has also been published in the UK by Kyle Books). If you are looking for pattern errata, you’ll want to keep the differences in US and UK terminology in mind and be sure you are looking at errata for the version of the book you have. Skill levels are given for each pattern, rated ‘beginner’ or ‘intermediate.’ All patterns have written instructions; there are no charts. Finished measurements are given; there are no schematics. Each pattern is accompanied by beautiful color photos of the finished pieces.

Ravelry: Crochet at Play

CROCHET AT PLAY: Fun Hats, Scarves, Clothes, and Toys for Kids to Enjoy
by Kat Goldin
Running Press – Paperback – 144 pages
ISBN: 9780762451005

The giveaway:
The US publisher, Running Press, is sponsoring a giveaway! For your chance to win a print copy of Crochet at Play, comment here to tell us which project from this book you would crochet first, or what you like to crochet for kids in general (we just need to be able to separate out the comment spam robots). Giveaway opens Friday, 22 November 2013, 9:00 AM EST, and closes next Tuesday, 25 November 2013 at midnight EST. A random number generator will be used to select the winner, who will be contacted by MK Carroll. This giveaway is United States only (international readers, keep an eye out – when Knit Edge issue #5 launches, we’ll have something just for you!).

(the giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified – MK)

6 thoughts on “Crochet at Play: Book Review and Giveaway

  1. Robin Phillips says:

    The grandkids love items to play with and I love them because the grandkids use their own imagination when playing with them. ‘Pure play’ – not inspired by stereotypes perpetuated by marketing professionals.

  2. toni says:

    Darling cute ideas… I volunteer at Headstart with a group of friends… these would be so cute for reading mat and fun times with the children…

  3. LOVE the mermaid tail! I’m posting because I think this book is fantastic and the designs are adorable. However, if you pick my name, please pick another and give it to that person as a holiday present from me. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  4. Meghan says:

    I love the Mermaid Tail. It would make an awesome photo prop and/or baby kick bag! I think my daughters would love anything made from this book!

  5. Shawn says:

    I like the crab and the mermaid tail. But could see making almost everything at least once.

  6. Linda says:

    Such cute projects! I liked the Baby Ballet Slippers. Thanks for the chance to win!

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