Annie’s Hook and Needle Club Kit 22 Poinsettia Place Mats.

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Annie’s Hook and Needle club has sent a pattern to help get us in the Christmas mood. It is an intermediate pattern, two beautiful Poinsettia Place Mats.

I liked this pattern because it had a variety of stitches that would be just enough to make this challenging. It starts by having you perform the Adjustable or Magic ring. Then to complete this pattern you must have a working knowledge of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), single crochet (The Single Crochet), half double crochet (Half Double Crochet), double crochet (The Double Crochet), treble crochet (Triple/Treble Crochet) and the speciality stitch of the bobble. (Bobbles)

Do I have your interest piqued yet? I know mine was after I finished looking over the instructions.

This is one of those patterns that is crocheted in stages. First with an F hook you crochet the place mats, then the three layers of leaves and petals. Once everything is completed, you then proceed to put everything into its proper place and then sew it all together or you can do what they suggest and use a large safety pin to attach the flower to the mat.

This kit included two skeins of fine sport red, green and yellow cotton yarn, and two skeins of sport weight white yarn. All in unmarked labels. A characteristic that these kits for the most part seem to contain. As with every kit, it has a set of patterns for either crocheting or knitting.

This was a versatile pattern not only because of the stitches involved but because it was worked in rounds as well as rows. Giving the crocheters experience with both techniques.

They are really pretty to look at, but I do not believe they are very practical. The poinsettias are very pretty, but consume a large part of the place mats; making them awkward to use for a dinner setting. I really love the look of the pattern and I had a lot of fun crocheting them. Alas, I do not see myself crocheting them again. I did not care for the bulkiness of the flower and this has nothing to do against the pattern itself, just my personal taste.

My rating for this kit is a seven. The pattern was very readable and easy to follow and the yarn was great to work with. The loss of three points came for the yarn being in unmarked label coupled with the fact that I probably would never duplicate the pattern again.
If you would like to see how I grade the patterns I have include a link that explains my grading scale. ( https://crochetwithpassion.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/2125/). I try to keep it as far as way from my personal taste as I can. Out of ten points, the 2 points for whether or not I would crochet the pattern again is the only one based on personal preference. Would love to hear your thoughts on the mats if you have crocheted the same kit. Please share.

Looking forward to completing my kit, and until next time keep those hooks flying.

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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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