Crochet Wraps Every Which Way: Author Interview & Giveaway

One of the first crochet professionals I had the honor of getting to know was Tammy Hildebrand. So when I was offered the opportunity to do a giveaway of her new book, I jumped at the chance! Crochet Wraps Every Which Way features 18 original patterns using 6 different techniques.

I had the chance to ask Tammy some questions about her new book:

1. You’re known for your beautiful lacy garments. What inspired you to do a book of wraps? Shawls and wraps are the perfect design to learn and practice new stitches and techniques because you don’t have to worry about gauge or a lot of shaping or sizing.¬†They are timeless pieces¬†and so easy to wear that you just can’t have too many!

2. Is there a type of yarn (weight, fiber) that you think works better for wraps? It would depend on what kind of wrap you are making. For lots of drape and movement a thinner yarn with a fiber such as bamboo is going to work really well but if you want something a little more sturdy and solid, an acrylic or wool probably would work best.

3. The wraps in the book use so many different techniques from motifs to hairpin lace to tunisian crochet. Is there one technique that’s your favorite? My favorite is always lacy motifs. It doesn’t matter if I’m making a shawl, a sweater or an afghan, I love join-as-you-go motifs.

4. What was the most fun part of working on this book? I really enjoyed all aspects of creating this book. Since it was the first one I’ve done it was very new and exciting! I loved having so many different techniques to keep things interesting. It was also my first experience with organizing photo shoots. I have known my model since she was in fourth grade, her mother who is a dear friend handled all the styling and our photographer was so great to work with.

5. What advice would you give to new crocheters? Always continue to learn and try new things. Experiment with different techniques and yarns and just have fun! There are so many resources available with books, classes, video tutorials, conferences and fiber shows. I’ve been crocheting over 40 years and I still continue to learn new things.

Thanks to Stackpole Books you have the chance to win a copy of Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. Simply leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 19th at 11:59 pm, telling me what you love about wraps. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Open to US and Canadian residents.

 

(Photos copyright Tammy Hildebrand)

ETA: Winner has been emailed!

Comments 95

  1. Virginia Robinson

    These wraps look beautiful. I haven’t tried anything bigger than a scarf for about ten years. I just got back into crocheting again now that I am retired. I would love to win this book so I can make some great wraps for gifts for my daughter’s.

  2. Joan McElroy

    Is it wrong to say I love all of Tammy’s designs? They are so pretty, it will be difficult to decide which one to start first.

  3. Lisa Bates

    I love wraps and big scarves; they are so versatile. And I would really like to practice/learn some new techniques! I learned to crochet when I was quite young, but have recently renewed my interest. Now that I don’t have small children to look after, I have more time to spend on things like this!

  4. CINDY VOGEL

    I live in Florida where a wrap is perfect in cool weather. Love crocheting them as they usually go quickly, and it’s fun to watch them work up.

  5. Vicki Curry

    I love wraps because they’re easy to put on over anything, regardless of sleeves, thickness, or fussiness. They’re also very nice to pull yourself together into a ball under!

  6. Linda Wiemerslage

    They are all gorgeous ! What’s not to love? Even in the heat of summer you can use a wrap in air conditioning.

  7. Linda Wiemerslage

    They are all gorgeous! What’s not to love? Even in summer you need them in air conditioning .

  8. Amy

    I live in a hot climate, and wraps are easy to tote around for when I step into buildings that have the A/C blaring or when the evening breeze kicks up.

  9. Debra

    I’m SO looking forward to this booklet. I looked for it today at Joann Fabric, but my local store didn’t have a copy…. is it released yet? If not, when is the release date?
    Wraps are my way of dressing up a t-shirt and jeans for work… and some of these are simply stunning.

  10. Sue Little

    What I like about wraps is how convenient they are and what they add to an outfit. I like to be able to carry something in case I need it, but not be committed to it if I don’t. I like to wear something that says “this is my style”!

  11. Terri Powell Randolph

    Wow, that Zen Garden is speaking to me! Thanks for the opportunity, they are all beautiful!

  12. Sage

    I would love to wrap myself in a wrap of love and share such wrapping love with others wrapped up in my life. Being good to ourselves, especially when we feel so unworthy, (as many of us, myself included, tend to be) helps us to reach out even more and be extra loving and helpful to others. How could I or those I make these wraps for, not feel loved! Hoping to be fortunate enough to win this book so I can share the love; also to crochet such beautiful and magical creations as a way to relax, unwind yet be productive…see, that’s my “unworthy” side coming out – do I deserve such beautiful wraps? YES!!! Do I want those I make these wraps for feel deserving? YES!!!

  13. Sandi Wells

    I love the look of these wraps. 2013 I learned how to make triangle shawls. I would enjoy trying my hand at all the patterns in this book.

  14. Patricia Seaton

    With wraps or shawls one is free to experience the beauty of the stitchwork without, just like you said in this interview, being concerned with shaping and possibly not even with joining. I already love the blue and white poncho style garment that the model is wearing with jeans. The others are beautiful also. I love your tile motif afghans by the way!

  15. Kimberly faz

    I would love to learn some new techniques. And as tammy herself said never stop learning. I would love to learn more with this amazing book.. Beautiful work

  16. Rebecca Boukikaz

    I like the variety of techniques and patterns. The fact that she has different levels of patterns is great. I know that when I see the patterns are Tammy Hildebrand’s they will be beautiful and instructions accurate.

  17. Tronda34

    Hand made wraps have everything going for them… they’re easy to carry and wear, they’re unique because one can choose from a multitude of patterns and yarn, they’re a fantastic wardrobe piece or accessory, and they look very chic!

  18. Eboni Payne

    I love how just the right wrap can jazz up any outfit. This book looks to be amazing. Thanks for sharing about it!

  19. DiAnne Sundberg

    I love practicing new patterns. I agree that it is nice not to have to worry about gauge when trying something new, especially when I don’t know exact sizes. These are lovely designs.

  20. Chris

    I love wraps ~ whether to wear causually with jeans or for that special event where you want something special & knowing that you will not see another one quite like what you are wearing ~ as you have made it yourself!

  21. Traci

    I love wraps because no size is really needed. They’re also easy to layer. I love the ones you have featured on this post!

  22. Rebecca

    Wraps are some of my favorite things to make. As a stay at home mom, I don’t always want to dress up just to clean the house. It’s nice to have something to throw over the top of my outfit when I have to run errands & want to look nice. Wraps are often perfect for this.

  23. Karen

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