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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to follow and very detailed. I am satisfied with this product.Published 2 months ago by Bobbie S Risner
This book is great. It has ripple stitch patterns in both knitting and crochet. There are lots and lots of different patterns and I cannot wait to try them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gracie
I like tis book. I use it to design my own afghans and style I want.Published 15 months ago by Janice L Daus
Would you please ask Jan to publish more pattern books!? Hers are the best!Published 16 months ago by L. Hontz