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200 Ripple Stitch Patterns: Exciting Patterns to Knit & Crochet for Afghans, Blankets & Throws Paperback – March 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089689276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896892767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Eaton is a professional needlecraft and textiles designer. Born and brought up in Yorkshire, she studied embroidery and textile printing at Goldsmiths' College School of Art, London, and has worked as a freelance designer since completing her training. Jan's embroidery, crochet, knitting and textile-painting designs have appeared in many magazines including Classic Stitches, Crafts Beautiful, Needlecraft Magic and Inspirations. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines. Past works include the new edition of Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, Country Crochet and Knitted Lace, and 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans.

Customer Reviews

I first checked this book out at my local Library and then decided that it was a MUST for my library.
S. Mitchell
I would advise potential buyers that purchasing this book may wind up being an exercise in disappointment, even though many of the patterns are lovely.
Patience
It gives you plenty of different color combinations and has an excellent choice of patterns for those who crochet as well as those who knit.
Dede Coco

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
First let me say that I have no idea why I decided to purchase this book. I almost never make afghans! That said, I am not sorry to have done so.

After looking through the book, the reader will realize that the book is actually much more than its title suggests. For one thing, it isn't simply an "afghan pattern book." It's more in the nature of a stitch dictionary with suggestive colors and textures of yarn. Designs are in both knitting and crochet, so the volume is useful for the practitioners of both crafts. The table of contents illustrates all of the designs in thumbnail pictures, allowing the book's user to compare and select among several possible designs.

Like many stitch dictionaries this book also displays close-ups of finished fabric squares. This makes the pattern clearer and the overall effect of the finished product more evident.

The author, Jan Eaton, uses standard written instructions rather than graphed ones. Even though I am a predominantly "visual" learner, I find the graphs take a lot of getting used to. I personally prefer the written pattern, because it's what I've used for most of my projects over the years. The younger knitting or crocheting audience, however, may be more used to the graphs and so find verbal instructions slow them down.

While many of the stitches seem mere variants of one another in different colors and textures, this makes more obvious just how individual and stunning the character of completed work can be by careful choice of colors and yarn textures. For the beginner, this might be a good first introduction to composition, color scheme and texture.

Some of the patterns are very simple ones that show the geometry of ripple patterns. These would certainly be easy for any beginner.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Wolf in Sheep's Clothing on January 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I realize that making notations correctly to reproduce a pattern is a tedious and time consuming task -- and I'd much rather pay other people (knitting book authors) to do it for me so I can spend my time on actual knitting.

So when someone writes and publishes a book full of beautiful patterns and charges you for it -- you'd expect that they'd actually done the meticulous and tedious work. Not so in this book.

I picked a pattern at random (the photos are beautiful!) and started knitting -- only to get into the 4th repition before realizing that no amount of blocking or pressing was going to give me a happy result -- and that the pattern was INCORRECT! In a 10-row pattern, rows 7 and 9 were transposed with rows 8 & 10!!! Simply knitting 5,6,8,7,10,9 would have produced the correct pattern, but the way it was written, it only produced a mess.

It's been a long time since knitting was as popular as it is now, and publishers are rushing to press with dozens of new books every year -- and not bothering to hire a knitter to edit the books that go out the door and onto the shelves. (not unlike cookbook authors/publishers who publish books of 1001 southwest soups -- most of which have never been tasted by man nor beast.)

Well, this is one of those books, so watch yourself if you try to knit from it. You're cooking from recipes that call for 1/2c of salt per quart rather than 1/2t.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By S. Cantrelle on March 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is full of mitakes. I have tried about 20 patterns so far and all but one has had mistakes. There is no eratta online nor does the publishers website have anyway to contact them. Not to mention there are not 200 patterns, but the same patterns are done in different color yarns. This is a complete waste of money.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dog Crazy on April 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
How do you publish a knitting pattern book with MISTAKES?? I can't believe how careless this editor was. DO NOT BUY unless you want a lot of heartache. The LEAST they could have done was publish an errata. If you do buy it, make sure you do a swatch of at least 2 reps.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on May 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got this book for christmas (it was on my wishlist after I saw it in the store) mainly because I liked the crochet patterns.

I just sat down to try one of the knit patterns--"Celtic Waves"--which is actually a pretty easy feather and fan pattern. Or, at least, it *should* be easy. The pattern says to CO a multiple of 16st+3. So I got to row 4 of the pattern and did it stitch by stitch until I ran short of stitches on my needle.

So I added up how many stitches you actually *need* on the needle in order to do it exactly as written, and it's 33.

I really hope they publish an errata, because though I could easily figure out how to fix their patterns, I really shouldn't have to take the time to do that.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Many, many great ideas for any type of items you can imagine. I'm making a shawl right now with a crochet pattern I found in the book. The title makes you think of traditional ripple stiches, but there are a lot of contemporary patterns included. I will make a lot of items from this little book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Coleman on March 15, 2007
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There are a few lovely ideas and patterns, and I'd buy the book, but only for the pictures and it were on sale for 50% or more off. I only recommend it to anyone who has the ability to really read a pattern well and rewrite a pattern to fix mistakes (Oh Boy are there a lot of mistakes in this one!) It's my habit to first write out any pattern I get from a book, so for me to do it with this wasn't too annoying, but I have to question what kind of follow-through was put into this to check for mistakes before printing. I've created a couple and they're fine. One more crochet book on my shelve won't hurt too much...
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