Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – Kit 8: Pacific Place Settings Review


Before I begin my review, I would like to take this time to apologize for taking so long in responding to some of your comments. My husband and I took a holiday to Tennessee with my daughter and two grand daughters to visit my son and his family. It was such a blessing to hold for the first time the newest member of our family, a little blond haired girl. I must admit I was lax about my blog during this holiday.

Now for the review of my eighth kit from Annie’s Hook & Needle club – The Pacific Place Settings. I must take this time to make known how sorry I am that the color scheme did not fit my with my house, I really did like the color combination of the yarn. I have always been partial to sea colors. At first I thought about selling it but I have since changed my mind and decided to place it in my gift box. I would like to stay with afghans and shawls for selling.

The place settings were a very good pattern for a beginning crocheter. It was a very easy pattern to follow, and just enough of a challenge to push a new crocheter to learn a few new skills. Still it is not so hard as to make it discouraging.

The two place mats and napkin rings consist of half double crochet (Half Double Crochet), chain stitches (The Chain Stitch) and single crochet’s (Single Crochet) which should be familiar to someone who is new to the craft. The challenge would come in mastering the foundation single crochet (Foundation Single Crochet) and reverse single – which are both easy stitches to learn. The directions for both were extremely clear and easy to follow. If you remember last week I did a tutorial on the reverse single (see link Reverse Single Crochet) and tomorrow I will have one on the foundation single crochet which will be helpful for those of you who are in the club with me.

The unmarked yarn was a variegated cotton yarn that was easy to work with, except for the 4 or 5 knots that were found in the four skeins I was sent. I dislike it when I discover knots in my yarn, it just means more ends to tie in and in some cases it can hinder having enough yarn to finish a project. Not so in this case as I had yarn left over.

The entire project was used with a K hook except for the reverse single crochet border. I decided it looked better with a J hook. The K hook in combination with the cotton yarn, seemed to make the stitch too loose. After some experimenting I decided I liked the look of the smaller hook better. The finished place mat measured 13″ x 18″.

All and all I enjoyed crocheting this project and would more than likely one day repeat the project if the need arises. It would make a nice gift for a bridal shower or a house warming gift for someone who is moving into their first home.

Based on the fact that the yarn was not replaceable and that I did find a few knots in the yarn provided, I am giving this kit a rating of an eight.

If you are in the club also I would love to hear about your experience with your projects. It is my plan to crochet each kit and write about them and share it with you.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.


About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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7 Responses to Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – Kit 8: Pacific Place Settings Review

  1. angelphilipp says:

    Very pretty set! Congratulations on the new baby.

  2. KerryCan says:

    Those colors really are lovely! Congrats on the new grandbaby!

  3. These are beautiful! I have tried and tried to crochet to the point where my mom will no longer try to teach me! lol I am envious of your talent.

  4. not give up. I have taught people as young as seven and as old as 92. If you lived in the midwest I am pretty sure I could teach you, never had a student in 15 years that wanted to learn not walk away without the skill in their hands. But if you can not enroll in a class may I suggest the next best thing. There are thousands of YouTube Video’s on the internet now. I have found over the years that not everybody learns from the same example. We all have different learning styles. Once you learn how to control your tension and the first two stitches, the rest comes easier. Do not give up.

  5. Thanks every one for your kind comments, we are all so excited to welcome our 5th grandchild that was brought into the world.

  6. Carol says:

    how can i find this pattern?

  7. It was a pattern from the Annie’s Hook & Needle Club. If you look under the tab for the club on this web sight I have shared the kits I have received so far. It should give you a good idea what types of projects they offer. I have been in it for four years and they are still coming.

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