Have fun with the projects and make them your own, because every little girl is special and deserving of gifts made with love!
Alla Koval is a brilliant designer. I follow her designs for many years now. This book has 10 cute and whimsical designs for kids 2-12 years old. I love the charts in this book and the photography is outstanding. I love books like this one that have a lot of white space on their pages, so you are not overwhelmed by explanations and charts. Since there are many small projects, I am planning on a few gifts done by this holiday season. Although the projects are intended for Spring, I still want to make them now. So happy to have this book! Well done!— by Faina Goberstein
FABULOUS! FABULOUS! FABULOUS!
I can't IMAGINE how MUCH time went into these productions, ALLA! ....They are exquisite!
I especially LOVE the charts, these days I find myself only seeking out the patterns with charts. I am a ``Visual`` learner & from my days of teaching sewing, I think most ladies are....it is so much easier & quicker seeing pictures, drawings, charts etc, it explains EVERYTHING IMMEDIATELY!
I am also drawn to colors.......love your use of colors in the books....I think young girls always look good in pretty colors. The models are SO GORGEOUS! So very natural.
There are so many styles I love, but, if I had to choose a favorite...it would be ...
THE VERY CLEVER ``AZURE WRAP`` that Kristin is modelling ...love the different ways to wear it!
I'm positive the other books will also be up to this AMAZING standard...well done, Alla, Surely these will be GREAT SELLERS for you!— by Mary Miers
Do you enjoy crocheting for a girl aged between 2 and 12 years old — perhaps a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece or friend? Or perhaps your charity crochet efforts involve making beautiful things for girls in this age group.
I’m thinking those of you do enjoy crocheting for young ladies will be super excited with Imagical Seasons Summer, a new crochet lace pattern collection for girls. These are all summer-friendly patterns that are ideal for both working on and wearing in the warm weather months. They’re beautiful, feminine designs that will appeal to little girls.
These finished projects would make fantastic gifts. It’s notoriously challenging to find suitable summer crochet patterns to use for making birthday gifts. If your beloved girl was born in the summer months, this collection is definitely worth taking a look at, because it offers many lovely gift-worthy project ideas.
These projects would also be useful Christmas gifts for those in warm climates. I’m thinking Californians and Floridians are going to get lots of mileage out of this book, because many of the designs would be useful year-round in warm-weather regions.
This book also includes a couple of gorgeous blanket patterns. Are you in need of a summertime baby shower gift, a summer coverlet for a girl’s bed, or a fabulous project for a Project Linus donation? If so, I think you’re likely to want to get your hands on a copy of this book.—by Amy Soloway
Alla Koval describes her projects as “happy-fashion,” and they’re sure to delight the frilly, girly, fun children you know.
The spring book has 10 patterns including two blankets, a shawl, a cowl, bolero, headband, cuffs and a top. I love the colorful Tutti Frutti blanket and the fun ice cream amigurumi.
The summer book features eight patterns: a dress, top, poncho, coverup, beaie, blanket and a square motif that could be used to cover a pillow or make a patchwork blanket. My favorite here is the Petalline dress, a strappy halter top with an empire waist and asymmetrical hem (it’s pictured on the cover).
The projects are both written and charted, so the books are great for helping you learn to read charts if that’s a skill you haven’t yet picked up.—by Sara White of Craft Gossip
If you love crocheting for children, then you are going to LOVE Alla Koval's newest books,Imagical Seasons, Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12.
I was originally introduced to Alla Koval through her beautiful website My Little City Girl, and on Ravelry, where she began designing one-of-a-kind fashions for her little girl.
I have been admiring her designs since the website first began, so I am thrilled to introduce her newest books!
Imagical Seasons is comprised of four volumes (Spring and Summer are available now) of crochet patterns featuring versatile and whimsical designs for kids ranging in sizes 2-12. Imagical Sesaons,
Volume 1 and 2 are full of beautiful, lacy patterns that are gorgeous and feminine. The books are beautifully formatted, with full written instructions and interesting stitch patterns, as well as fun and colorful photographs. They also include very nice, easy-to-read stitch diagrams.
The designs and photos are VERY colorful (which I love) and so well presented.—by Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet
by Amy Soloway (Thank you so much Amy for such detailed and wonderful review!)
Crochet designer Alla Koval has been working on writing a brand new series of crochet pattern books called Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2 – 12. I invite you to dive in and take a look at the first book in the series, which is a spring crochet pattern collection for girls. I’ve posted bunches of pictures and info below for your consideration.
This pattern collection includes several different types of crochet projects:
• Some gorgeous, springy, lacy girls’ clothing patterns
• Lovely springtime accessory patterns for girls
• Crochet baby blanket patterns; these could arguably be unisex designs. In Alla’s opinion, they would work well for boys, too, if re-colored into boy-friendly colorways. However, they are really lacy, froo-froo designs, so some crocheters may find the patterns too “girly” to use for making boys’ blankets.
Things I Like About This Book:
• In my opinion, these projects are all truly appealing designs. I’d want to make any of them. I think they’d all be worth the yarn, and the time investment. This is not a statement I’m able to make about many pattern books! Every last project in this book has something interesting or outstanding about it. There isn’t a single project in this book that I look at it and think, “who’d want to make that?” In that regard, this book is a rare gem!
• The photos, colors and styling are all gorgeous and eye-catching.
• I love how Alla has given us options and ideas for different ways to approach these projects. I find this so inspiring!
• I think this book is an amazing value for the asking price — particularly for the Kindle version, which is priced more attractively. However, even for the paperback edition, I think the asking price is a great value. It’s rare to find a pattern collection that incorporates this many quality details — a fantastic variety of gorgeous and intricate patterns, on-trend styling, symbol crochet charts, schematics and written instructions.
• I love the detailed yarn info that Alla has provided for each pattern. She gives you the actual yarns used in her project sample or samples; in some cases, you even have two different suggestions for workable yarn combinations. She also includes the general yarn weight standard in case you want to make substitutions.
• You get bunches of helpful reference info at the back of the book, which will come in handy if you need to brush up on things like which yarn weights are which, how to measure, etc.
• The Imagical Seasons team has already made updates to the books to correct some errata that came to their attention before the start of the blog tour. Yay! Seems like they’re pretty on top of things in that regard.
Things I Didn’t Like About This Book:
There really isn’t anything crucial to dislike about this book. It’s a pretty amazing collection of patterns overall, and I think it would be a worthwhile addition to most crocheters’ bookshelves. But since this is a review, and I feel obligated to give you my 100% honest opinion about it, I’ll get excessively nit-picky and reveal a couple of little things I didn’t love about this book:
• No skill level ratings are included. This should totally not be a deal breaker for anyone; if you are determined to work a crochet pattern, you can do it, regardless of what any skill rating system says. However, when you decide to start a new project, I do think it’s nice to at least have an upfront idea of what you’re getting yourself into. Skill level ratings can help with that. It’s nice when they’re included, and I miss them when they aren’t.
• While the subtitle of the book states that it’s “for kids 2-12,” I’d have to say that a more accurate subtitle would be more like “for girls 2-12.” Depending on your point of view, there’s either nothing, or very little, for boys included in this book. Some would say that the baby blankets in this book are suitable for boys, and others might disagree. I’ve posted photos of the blanket patterns above, so you can decide for yourself whether you think they are boy-friendly or not.
Just to be clear, I think it’s perfectly lovely to have a collection of patterns intended for girls! There’s nothing at all wrong with that. My main concern here is that you have clear expectations before making a purchase. I’d enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend this book to any of you who have daughters, granddaughters, little sisters, and nieces to crochet for. But if you’re only crocheting for sons, grandsons, brothers, and nephews, this book is probably not the best choice; you’d be better served by a pattern book offering a wider selection of designs for boys.