Wednesday 27 March 2024

Book Review: Crochet Secrets from The Knotty Boss by Anna Leyzina (Non-Fiction/Crafts)

Title: Crochet Secrets from The Knotty Boss
Author: Anna Leyzina
Publisher: David & Charles
Publication Date: 9 July 2024
Pages: 162
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fictions/Crafts
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

This collection is packed with 100 tips and tricks for ways to improve your crochet skills. The author covers everything from changing colour to joining granny squares, what the best methods are for blocking and the perfect finishing techniques. Covering all the most popular crochet techniques, this skill building book will help you to raise your crochet game at once.

All of the techniques have step-by-step instructions and photography so you can follow along every step of the way and not miss a trick. Author, Anna Leyzina aka The Knotty Boss, has a huge number of followers who love her Tuesday Tips feature on her social media platforms. This collection combines her Tuesday Tips and more in one handy-sized reference book - which is perfect for keeping in your project bag.

Covering everything from how to select the right hook through to tips on how to pick the correct yarn and some clever stitch marker hacks, The Knotty Boss has got you covered. The second chapter looks at basic skills like avoiding visible slip knots at the start of your work, working into back bumps, joining the foundation chain without twisting and an easy method for the magic ring. Later chapters look at more advanced techniques such as keeping the magic ring on your finger while working the first round, invisible joins when working in different stitches and invisible increase and decrease methods.

Other hacks include tips for working in rows and rounds including how to smooth the side edges, how to prevent stitches from slanting and how to make the perfect circle rather than a hexagon. Amigurumi techniques are also included with hacks for invisible increase and decreases, adding eyes and other facial expressions and tips for lining and stuffing toys.

There is also a chapter on working with colour which looks at how to get seamless colour changes and perfect stripes, and a chapter on granny squares with tips for how to prevent your squares from slanting, and how to create invisible seams.

The final chapters look at cords and borders, tricky stitches and finishing off techniques making this the ultimate handy, pocket-sized reference guide for all your crochet needs.


Crochet Secrets from The Knotty Boss is a nice compendium of crochet tips. Many I have come across before, but a few were new to me, so I think there would be something of worth in this book for both beginners who want to kick off with best practices and more advanced crocheters looking to fix issues or generally improve their work. The book is nicely presented with a good balance of text and images, and the instructions are all clear and easy to follow. I am giving it 4 stars.

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

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