Sunday 18 February 2024

Book Review: Colorful Crochet Cables by Noelle R.B. Stiles (Non-Fiction/Crafts)

Title: Colorful Crochet Cables
Author: Noelle R.B. Stiles
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication Date: 16 June 2024
Pages: 208
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction/Crafts
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

Don't be afraid to mix colors and cables!

The often-repeated advice that it is best to choose solid-color yarns when you crochet cables is not always true. With a little bit of knowledge and planning, you can crochet beautiful Celtic cables and enhance the design with your choice of a multicolored yarn.

Author Noelle R. B. Stiles is a vision scientist at the University of Southern California and has done extensive research into the art and science of color play (so that you don't have to!). What she brings to this book is the practical side of color usage. She gives you a broad look at how colors and designs work together and illustrates how color choices affect the final outcome of your crochet pieces. She specifically sets out to prove that multicolored yarns should not be sidelined in your textured crochet pieces and can be used to great advantage. With practical examples and 20 patterns, she shows how crochet designs can feature both a multicolored yarn and an intricate cable to gorgeous effect. Patterns include eye-catching scarves, hats, mitts, blanket, cardigan, and more. If you are new to cabling, there are step-by-step instructions and several beginner patterns. Pull out your favorite hand-painted or variegated yarn and give it a try!


I have yet to advance far enough in crochet to try much cable work, but I thought this book would still be an interesting read. It opened with a lot of detailed colour theory, which resulted in giving me a good understanding of what kinds of multi-coloured yarn would work best when attempting cable-design. It was all well explained and nicely laid out, and this theory was followed by a selection of 20 patterns to try, ranging from beginner to advanced level. Overall it was a good book that is sure to be of use to crocheters. My only small gripe was the lack of variety in the patterns, as there were far too many scarves for my liking. I would have preferred a little more diversity. Even so, I am giving this book 4 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

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