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Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook: 50 Motifs, 10 Projects, 1 of a Kind Results Hardcover-spiral – May 24, 2011

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About the Author

Ellen Gormley is a well-published crochet designer. She has been designing since 2004 and has had approximately 80 projects featured by magazines and yarn companies including Crochet Today and Interweave Crochet. Ellen was nominated for several categories for the 2009 Crochet Awards and came in first in the Best Designer, Home Décor category.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440209073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440209079
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ellen has sold more than 200 designs, and been published numerous times in many crochet magazines including Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, Crochet!, Crochet World and Inside Crochet. Ellen is the instructor of the online class "Crocheting With Beads" found at She has been interviewed on the television show, Knit and Crochet Now!

In 2008, Ellen was voted the Best Crochet Designer of Home Décor by the Crochet Liberation Front. You can follow Ellen on her blog at and as 'GoCrochet' on Twitter, Crochetville, and You can find her on Facebook as Ellen Gormley/GoCrochet

Ellen has been crocheting since she was 10. Her first design was a 3 dimensional Rubik's Cube made of granny squares. From there, her fondest crochet memory is crocheting a blanket with her mother for her grandmother's birthday. Ellen can't remember exactly who taught her to crochet but believes that it seeped into her consciousness from an early age from her Great Aunt, Tanta Margaret, who resided next door.

Ellen abandoned crochet as a teenager only to pick it back up again while in Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati. She has crocheted obsessively ever since, stitching more than 80 afghans before beginning her design career in 2004.

When not crocheting, Ellen enjoys reading, knitting, jogging and chocolate cake. Ellen lives in Ohio with her husband Tom and their two children.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on May 26, 2011
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I heard about this book from the Getting Loopy podcast, and I immediately ran here to Amazon to order my copy.

I love making afghans, and I've been looking for some ways to get creative (outside of the granny square box). I received my copy last night and eagerly went through every single motif and flagged probably 75% of them as "urgent to-dos."

Now a brief review: The book is beautiful for starters, the glossy look and feel of the cover is great, and then opening it up you're greeted with a spiral bound book that lays flat when opened! What a dream! The pictures of each motif are fantastic, up-close and personal, and the instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. The Afghan designs are beautiful too, I may start with one of those before branching out in my own mix-and-match adventures.

What I LOVE about this book:
1) With each motif Ellen includes several mix-and-match options of other motifs in the book that would couple well.
2) The extensive "encyclopedia" of knowledge at the beginning of this book is great. I'm still relatively new to crochet and really yarn arts in general, and even since last night, I've learned so much more about different crochet stitches, and even yarn types!
3) My absolute favorite part of this book is that at the beginning of each set of motifs, Ellen includes some layout ideas for the motifs of that shape. This is brilliant, especially for me (a complete novice at designing afghans) because I would have struggled to come up with interesting layouts on my own.

Thank you Ellen for a fabulous book!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2011
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Just got it! It's not paperback! It has hard covers! And the inside is SPIRAL bound! Wonderful! It lays flat while you're using it! I'm just a beginner, so the drawings are valuable to me. I'm loving the whole variety/ mix and match theme. Only problem is chosing which to do first!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on June 21, 2011
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Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook is a really fun book. It is a great introduction to personalizing your own crocheted afghans and also features 50 different motifs and 10 projects.

The book is organized into three sections:

Ready...Set...Go Crochet!,
Motifs to Go, and
Afghans to Go.

There is also an appendix which provides information on yarn weights, hooks, and crochet terms which including comparisons between the US and UK terminology.

Ready...Set...Go Crochet! has a nice introduction to supplies including things like digital cameras and blocking boards which aren't on the standard list of tools included in most crochet books. It also reviews pattern abbreviations and international stitch symbols. There are a few pages explaining the stitches used in the book, complete with instructions and diagrams. This includes the basic stitches (sc, dc, etc.) as well as clusters, popcorns, and several types of decreases.

My favorite part here is the six pages devoted to "Creating Your Own Designs," where Ellen talks about pattern modification, color, layout, and assembly.

As someone who teaches a lot of beginners, I really enjoy the conversational tone Ellen uses as well as the information she shares. She anticipates a lot of the questions that beginners or those who are just becoming intermediates have about yarn, terms, etc.

Motifs to Go includes ten designs each in squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, and octagons. Each motif includes a small introduction about the pattern or colors by Ellen. The colors are vibrant and the pictures represent the blocks well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Penny on May 18, 2011
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Ellen Gormley's new book has something for every level of crochet expertise. Go Crochet! is well written and user friendly. The technical explanations, instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. The motifs are beautifully photographed and the stitch diagrams are an added benefit. Ms Gormley's commentary on the motifs makes the book come to life. Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop is a wonderful source of inspiration. Grab your hooks, gather your yarn, pick a motif or two or more and design your very own afghan masterpiece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LibrarianAnna on June 10, 2011
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This book is great! As a lover of all books (Hi, I'm a librarian) this one makes my day: it's hardback, SPIRAL BOUND, and has beautiful full color, glossy pages! It's made amazingly well and will hold up to the everyday use at the library! However, I think everyone should add this one to their own personal libraries! The benefit of this book is that all the motifs can be easily worked with other motifs to make unlimited variety of handmade gifts! I have used another popular motif written by Ellen (the Sunny Spread Blanket motif - a fave!) to make a purse! All I needed was 12 squares and then I stitched them together!

The other perks of this book - on each motif page you will find not only written directions but also amazing -AMAZING- visual stitch diagrams, plus a listing of what other motifs in the book would work with the one shown on the page.

I loved this book so much that I also downloaded the kindle edition of it - YES A kindle version exists and it makes it soo nice to have all the motifs in my purse ready for when the mood strikes - I'll be waiting to see the doctor and BAM I just finished a square! With the kindle edition the motif diagrams are easy to see and read, and since I don't have to "turn" a page, I'm not wasting my battery!

This is definitely a great book and one every crocheter should get TODAY!
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