Saturday 6 October 2018

Book Review: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws & Afghan's by Jan Eaton (Non-Fiction/Craft)

Title: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans
Author: Jan Eaton

Publication Date: 2004

Choose from 200 beautiful block designs and learn different ways of joining them to make blankets and throws that are both functional and decorative. From Art Deco geometric patterns to traditional chequer-board stripes and elaborate motifs, discover new ways to combine colour, pattern and texture. Crochet is one of the oldest and most fascinating ways of creating a fabric out of yarn. Find out how to create wonderful and unique afghans, wall hangings and accessories in a kaleidoscope of colourful contemporary and traditional designs. All stitches and techniques are clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations, from working in rows and in the round to joining blocks and making figures. At-a-glance symbols denote the methods used and level of difficulty, so both new and experienced crafters can easily create a crochet masterpiece.

200 Crochet Blocks is an excellent resource for a newbie crocheter like me. I find the patterns easy to follow, and the layout easy to read. I also appreciate how each pattern has a difficulty rating, to help me decide which to attempt as I start out. Not all the patterns appeal to me visually, but that would always be the case in a collection such as this one. I am about to attempt my first blanket and will choose a couple of blocks from this collection for that purpose.


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