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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (December 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440212392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440212390
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tanis Galik has been crocheting since her grandmother taught her how over 40 years ago. She is also a professional playwright with several productions and awards for her plays, musicals and a mystery movie script. She holds a MFA in writing from California State University.

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Tanis Galik is a best-selling crochet author, designer and teacher. She started crocheting when her grandmother taught her to make doilies. She picked it up again in high school and hasn't stopped since. "I was constantly working on something. As soon as one project was finished, I'd begin the next. When I learned the basics of Interlocking Crochet, I experimented with it - creating new designs and developing unique ways to use it. I'm especially interested in reversible fabric and exploring various techniques to make beautiful, but practical clothing and purses." Tanis has several awards from the Crochet Guild of America, including a Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques.

Customer Reviews

Instructions are very clear, concise, and easy to understand.
RaeRae
It would be better served if the author concentrated more on to the point instruction rather than confusing gibberish.
Birdie Gee
If you need an interesting and beautiful technique to perk up your crochet repertoire, I highly recommend this book.
K. M. Fowler

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Family of book junkies. on November 18, 2010
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I only recently purchased this book, but as an avid knitter and crocheter I have already made several blocks from the patterns just trying each one out. This technique is much like Double Knitting in that 2 separate pieces are done simultaneously yet interwoven for a nice thick fabric. Two big differences from double knitting are that the A color is always worked only on the A color and B is always only worked on B. Therefore, the patterns are NOT simply mirror images on front and back as with knitting. The patterns are created by working behind and in front of the other color (not around the other color, which is a tricky part and unlike other 2 color crocheting).
I did find a typo in the first section where the basic directions of the technique are located. On page 12, for Step 3: The end of that paragraph should read the B color is on the "bottom" (is says on top, but the previous sentence tells you that A is on top, and looking at the accompanying graphic shows A on top and B on bottom or underneath). I'm surprised that this particular typo didn't get picked up editorially because those are the basic foundation instructions for the whole book. However, I have made several of the different patterns and have not yet come across any other mistakes - or at least my blocks look like theirs, so I am assuming no mistakes.
I would not recommend this book for a beginning crocheter. You should have mastery of following patterns and the concepts of crochet in front and back of stitches, and front and back post. The crochet stitch from the back is a little awkward because you are pulling the yarn through the fabric from front to back which is opposite of regular crochet.
Once you get the basic 4 interlocking stitches, the possibilities are endless.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
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I was very excited about this technique and so pre-ordered the book. What a waste of money! I should have waited for the reviews.

Interlocking crochet involves working in two colors at a time, alternating one color at a time. At no time is color A woven onto color B, or color B onto color A. This understanding is absolutely CRITICAL. Mostly a sort of filet crochet type mesh is created in one color, and interwoven with the other color, creating a neat pattern.

There are NO youtube videos of this technique, and all I could find of it is one blogger who indicated that she knew how to use this technique in the round, but provided no explanations, patterns or pictures. Because of this, I bought the book. I wanted to learn the technique, and the cover afghan looks very pretty.

This book DOES NOT explain in any kind of useful detail how to do this technique. The pictures are substandard and unhelpful, and the explanations barely four sentences for the crux of the technique.

Here's the breakdown:

Step 1: Filet mesh foundation; four paragraphs. Simple enough.
Step 2: Layering; one sentence. Picture provided. Okay.
Step 3: The first row; five paragraphs. Basically you make a filet mesh in each color, and stagger the colors (ie in the space created by the filet mesh window of color A, you place the post of color B).
Step 4: Turning and continuing; one long paragraph. Two pictures. Okay, but sucky pictures. Basically you flip your piece over and try to remember which yarn will be in front and which in back. The pattern reminds you of this anyway.
Step 5: Finishing your design panels; three paragraphs. Basically, because the work is staggered, it needs some cleanup filet mesh at the end to make the design look even.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Otero on January 15, 2011
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I have been crocheting for over 40 years. I have done a lot of different projects including coming up with my own patterns. I was able to understand the instructions without too much trouble.

My first project from this book is the "granny square" baby blanket using cotton yarn to make a small rug. Unfortunately, I guess I misunderstood the instructions... because the squares were ending up misaligned. If I adjusted the "B" rows, I was able to get things lined up correctly.

I am definitely planning on doing more of this technique but I will have to figure out how/why the pattern wasn't lining up quite right because the mistakes were *very* obvious!!

***Update***
I took out a few rows so that I could redo the part that was misaligned. FYI, I highly recommend using "split ring" stitch markers or something to hold the loop of yarn you are not working. Even with a large loop in place, some stitches were accidentally undone when I was working with the other yarn (color).

I recommend that you read and re-read the instructions for the row you are about to work... and figure out the basic pattern in your mind. Then close the book and trust your eyes! If something doesn't seem to be lining up right you probably have a mistake in there somewhere.

For example: The instructions might read as follows -
With A, chain 4, dcib in next dc, *[ch 1, dcif next dc] 4 times, [ch 1, dcib in next dc] twice; repeat from * across.

Ok - my translation = 4 in the front, 2 in the back. Repeat.

Keep in mind that you only have to do double crochet then chain throughout. With the exception of the turning ch 4 (equal to a dc plus ch) and the finishing of the project (single crochet?
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