If you've been crocheting for a long time, it can start to seem like every pattern is the same. Therefore, it's always a treat to find a book that offers new and exciting projects. Beastly Crochet: 23 Critters to Wear and Love by Brenda K B Anderson has some of the cutest projects I've come across in a long time. They're imaginative, relatively easy to make and will please a wide range of ages.
My favorites are the Sasquatch slippers and mittens (available in child and adult sizes!), the gnome coin purse and big mouth coin purse. The patterns take simple crochet techniques, like single crochet and double crochet, and turn them into clever projects. I will admit I was nervous at first, as many of the patterns I liked had zippers in them and I had never worked with zippers on a crocheted pattern. The instructions provided were easy enough and I was able to complete the gnome coin purse in one night!
Meredith @ Central