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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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"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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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.Read more ›
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?
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.
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.
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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Got this book from the library and decided I must have it. It covers all skill levels and has good directions. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not lot of great ideas in this book, and it is very complicated. I hope there is a stitch guide as they just show one small picture and give short instructions, with no extra... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robyn
bought this book at my neighborhood store, I did square #43 as the first square. It was easy to modify hook size and yarn size to make it measure 4 inches. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Twtywill Yarn Accessories
If I ever plan another afghan I will use this book - all shapes and forms, materials and techniques. Usefull!Published 23 months ago by N.M.Hahn
for knitters and crocheters.... your library should not be missing this book! great illustrations and directions and simple to follow.Published on June 30, 2013 by R. Leon