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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts & Gardening Books
All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses—How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America. By Marta McDowell. 2016. Timber, $29.95 (9781604695892).
This delightful and elucidating work features photographs, drawings, paintings, and a lengthy chart of the plants in the gardens throughout time.
Arm Knitting. By Amanda Bassetti. 2015. Barron’s, $17.99 (9781438007304).
The 30 projects here are full of information, before and after the directions, to ensure knitters will get the results they deserve.
Crochet Geometry: Geometric Patterns to Fit and Flatter. By Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. 2016. Lark, $17.95 (9781454709190).
The inventive and playful designs in this appealing book are all built on rectangles, circles, and triangles as foundation—simply having fun with geometry.
Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style. By Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. 2015. Lark, $22.95 (9781454708728).
In this title, Mullett-Bowlsby is not only more than generous in including up to (and usually beyond) 2X but his instructions also allow for a shaping and a more precise fit, no matter what the actual number.
The Gardener’s Guide to Weather & Climate. By Michael Allaby. 2015. Timber, $29.95 (9781604695540).
By eschewing small-scale growing techniques in favor of discussing large-scale environmental issues, Allaby hopes gardeners will have a better understanding of how to compensate for such weather-related disasters as cold spells, droughts, and floods.
Heirloom Plants: A Complete Compendium of Heritage Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, & Flowers. By Thomas Etty and Lorraine Harrison. 2016. Ball, $29.99 (9781613735756).
Utterly charming in its overall design, this volume also boasts illustrations and sidebars that are far more inclusive of plant varieties than most similar books.
How to Knit Socks That Fit: Techniques for Toe-Up and Cuff-Down Styles. By Donna Druchunas. 2015. Storey, $8.95 (9781612125411).
This comprehensive how-to begins with an in-depth examination of yarns and needles, moving to sock anatomy and heel and toe variations. Plenty of professional advice is offered.
The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow. By Tovah Martin. 2015. Timber, $22.95 (9781604695014).
As the subtitle promises, 200 lovely, easy-to-care-for plants are profiled in this A–Z catalog. Full-color photos, boxed summaries, and substantial back matter complete an appealing and inspiring guide.
Knit Wear Love: Foolproof Instructions for Knitting Your Best-Fitting Sweaters Ever in the Styles You Love to Wear. By Amy Herzog. 2015. STC Craft/Melanie Falick, $24.95 (9781617691393).
There are many charts and photos here, and kudos to the book’s creators for using models of various sizes so readers have a visual of how the garments will look when worn.
Once upon a Time . . . in Crochet: 30 Amigurumi Characters from Your Favorite Fairytales. By Lynne Rowe. 2015. Search, $17.95 (9781782210924).
Rowe creates 30 charming fairy-tale denizens on the scale of Japanese amigurumi. Almost every favorite childhood story is represented, from the ugly duckling to Rapunzel.
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