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150 Knit and Crochet Motifs: Anything-but-Square Shapes for Garments, Accessories, Afghans, and Throws Paperback – February 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684348
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Odd Shapes, Unique & Terrific are my three descriptions of this book. Don’t be a square as Heather Lodinsky says on the back of the book. Certainly, there are no squares in this book." - All Free Crochet.com

"Heather has provided so many great ideas within this book that you are drawn into the book and realize the potential for what you can use some of the shapes for. It certainly creates excitement for both knitters and crocheters alike. This is a fabulous book for your collection when you are stumped for ideas on what to do next." - AllFreeCrochet.com

"For anyone who loves motifs and motif work, this can be a handy reference to have at ones' fingertips." - CrochetInsider.com

About the Author

Heather Lodinsky has been a professional knit and crochet designer for over 15 years. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Creative Knitting, KnitScene, Family Circle Knitting, and Cast On along with other knitting and crochet magazines. She is the designer of the popular "Central Park Hoodie" cardigan, which appeared in KnitScene and is one of the most popular downloads in the Interweave store. She was also included in the "Great American Afghan" in Knitter's magazine. Heather is a freelance designer for major yarn companies. She teaches classes at her local yarn shop (LYS) in Buffalo, New York, where she lives with her family.


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The cover pictured is not on the book I got.
SuzyQ
I love this book - it is well organized by geometric shapes and has some just really cool motifs to both knit and crochet.
Chris L
This book is good for a beginner or experienced crocheter.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 4, 2011
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The subtitle of this book says it all: "Anything-but-Square Shapes for Garments, Accessories, Afghans, and Throws". Included are directions for making a wide variety of knitted and crocheted blocks (circles, squares, triangles, hexagons, octagons, pentagons, snowflakes, stars, flowers, hearts, shells, leaves) that can be used individually to decorate garments and accessories, or combined into afghans and throws.

A very nice feature is the book's illustrated table of contents, set up as a "motif gallery" with a small photo of each block design above a page number for the pattern instructions. This makes it easy to pick and choose favorite designs from the book's entire collection of patterns. The book includes a discussion of techniques for fitting odd-shaped blocks together, for arranging blocks with or without spaces between them, and for working half or quarter motifs. Also included are directions for "connector" blocks that can be used to join individual blocks.

The knitted blocks (73 designs) have written-out instructions, and the crocheted blocks (77 designs) have both charted and written-out instructions. Symbols on the pattern pages indicate each pattern's difficulty level (novice, intermediate, expert). As a knitter, I was particularly intrigued by the designs for the two-tone pinwheel circle, the knit ribbed diamond, the tilted square, the hexagons, the five-pointed starfish, and the reverse stockinette heart. As a crocheter, I loved the square made of connected circles, the open trefoil, the pretty snowflake, and the sweet heart.

This is an excellent starter collection of attractive designs for shaped knitted and crocheted blocks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SuzyQ on February 25, 2011
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I ordered this book from Amazon and just received it. It looks like a nice book but there is one rather large problem. The cover pictured is not on the book I got. Furthermore the motifs on the cover are not in the book I got. I ordered this primarily to get the motifs pictured on the cover. Only one of them shown in the Amazon picture of the cover is in the book.

The book I received has the same ISBN as the one shown, but has 20 more pages. I wanted the motifs on the cover. How can I get the book pictured? I'm having Amazon send me another book, but I have a feeling that I'll get the same one again.

If you look on the Interweave website, they have an 8 page sample of the book with the cover shown on Amazon. That's the book I wanted. However, the book that Interweave is selling is pictured next to the title on the Interweave site- and it is different. That's the one I got. Are there 2 books?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan on February 5, 2011
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this is a lovely book with a great selection of patterns. The big downside is that unless you are a very experienced crocheter, you won't understand the instructions. I have spent more time trying to understand the instructions that I have trying the stitches. There is a stitch dictionary at the back of the book but it doesn't explain every stitch used. I guess if I had more experience it would all be obvious, but for someone who spends more time knitting, I find much of this book a mystery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary G on August 3, 2011
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I love the idea of this book -- lots of motifs that can be used throughout different projects. The execution is not so good.

First, it would have been nice if they'd divided the patterns between crochet and knit. I don't like crochet (altho I will do it if the item is really cool) but my principal use of the book would be for knitting motifs.

Second, why didn't they chart the knitted motifs? They charted the crochet ones (as well as written directions) but skipped doing the knitted. URGGH! It's easy to tell if there is a mistake in a pattern (which some other reviewers have mentioned) if it's charted.

Third, the "projects" mentioned in the editorial blurb aren't really projects, but just suggestions for how to use the motifs. This section should have been more developed -- I don't mind that there aren't specific, detailed directions just that it seems so minimal! If you're going to title something "part 2" it should be more than a couple of pages.

I think there are much better stitchionaries out there ... this one had a great idea and one I'd love to see done better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Zhang on May 13, 2011
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I love this book, the motifs are nice and well pictured. I love the most is it gives the design idea by showing combination of different motifs, which is a benefit for people who lack of creativity like me.

But be careful, the book you will get has different cover page from the one showed on Amazon, the cover pages have different motifs, and I am not sure about the content inside since I only have one version of the book. However, it is a lovely book, you will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on April 11, 2011
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I have several motif books, mostly crochet. I found the combinations of both (crochet and knitting) in one book to be very handy, especially if you want to try new stitches.

I, infact, took one crochet stitched and figured out away to make a hat rather than connecting it to another motif.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris L on April 8, 2011
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I love this book - it is well organized by geometric shapes and has some just really cool motifs to both knit and crochet. It also has a section on the end on how to use the motifs to create your own items.
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