Book Review: Crochet Mandalas by Marinke Slump, Anita Mundt

Crochet Mandalas by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt is a collection of 20 original patterns based on a mandala motif. The projects include homewares; like a table cover, coasters, rug, and cushion, along with a vest, shrug, and other wearable art. Each pattern is charted and accompanied by full color photographs of the finished product. Instructions include lists of supplies and abbreviations, plus explanations of special stitches and gauge. Skill levels range from simple to advanced, providing an exciting array of possibilities for novices as well as experienced crocheters.

Crochet Mandalas is a well organized collection of projects with clear instructions, patterns, and vibrant photographs. There were a number of helpful explanations and charts that would help less experienced crafters master the skills and have successful finished projects. While retro is in, again, I have to say that I found that some of the projects felt dated and there were only three that I would want to actually try. Sadly those three are ones that I have seen similar finished products and instructions for previously. I think the book is a good option for those that want to make this particular style or set of projects, but it is not one that I would recommend to every crochet fan out there. 
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