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"The afghans are gorgeous, like little works of art. Geometric shapes and quilt blocks full of the most amazing colors. The author starts with the basics and moves onto working with multiple colors at the same time." --"In Stitches," MyCentralJersey.com

"Using this book will provide the crocheter with endless hours of creativity and satisfaction with the results!" --Crochet Queen

"Each pattern featured in Reversible Color Crochet is unique and there are a variety of stitch patterns including stripes, chevrons, diamonds, diagonals, and more. Reversible Color Crochet also has a great section on how to get started with the book and what materials and tools are needed to make the afghan blocks. Laurinda also provides a guide for special stitches and a crochet symbol key to help you decipher what those charts and symbols mean. There is also a great section at the end for yarn management and other hints, as well as a glossary." --The Stitchin' Mommy

"This gorgeous book is full of projects that explores a new technique invented by Laurinda herself, a method which allows you to produce full color crochet imagery that is the same on both sides!" --Fiber Flux

"This really is a wonderful book. Not only does it teach a very useful new technique, but it is full of patterns sure to please the entire family. I highly recommend it!!" --Jessie at Home

"It's not often that someone comes up with a new crochet techniue like this, so we should rejoice that we now have a great technique for making Reversible Color Crochet!" --Not Your Granny's Crochet

"This book represents one of the very best integrations of instructional content and projects I've seen this year." --Crafty Pod

"Each of the book's 28 afghan blocks teaches a specific skill, starting simply and progressing to more complex geometric patterns and pictorial motiffs." --Yarn Market News

"The unique thing about the patterns inside this book is that author and designer Laurinda Reddig created an award-winning form of crochet that creates clear images that look exactly the same on both sides. Inside this 140-page book, she presents this new method along with 28 reversible squares suitable for afghans or other items as well as 10 projects that use them." --All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns

About the Author

Laurinda Reddig has been crocheting most of her life and loves sharing her passion through teaching. Her children inspire many of her designs, including both of the Crochet Guild of America award-winning designs that helped her develop the Reversible Intarsia Technique. Her designs and articles have appeared in various magazines including Interweave Crochet, Vogue Crochet, and Crochet!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (July 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620333384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620333389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurinda Reddig has been crocheting most of her life and loves sharing her passion through teaching. Her children inspire many of her designs, including both of the award-winning designs which helped her develop the Reversible Intarsia Technique, the subject of her new book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique. Her designs and articles have been published in various magazines including Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, and Vogue Crochet.

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I love this booklet and technique. So clever and once you learn"the trick" making a reversible color block is amazingly simple. The author has done a very thoughtful and complete job explaining how to execute the techniques in this book. She has included both written directions and charts. Really helpful. She starts simple and moves on to more challenging patterns with more colors to juggle. I'm on block 8 so far. I've done tapestry crochet in single crochet but this book shows you how to get cleaner color changes in half-double and double crochet. The fabric this makes is so much softer than single crochet. And the patterns are endless. There are patterns to make 28 blocks and 10 afghans. Usually I only like one or two patterns in an afghan book but all of these are delightful and will inspire me to use these techniques in my own patterns. Also great take along projects since all is done in blocks. Definitely a good value I highly recommend this booklet.
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Review of: Reversible Color Crochet by Laurinda Reddig

This book basically teaches how to do intarsia crochet with cleaner edges - on both sides of the fabric - than typically seen. She has a number of different squares, from geometric to floral. (see Ravelry listing for pictures.) She then has some example quilts included, using the various blocks. Of course, you can always make your own version.

There are some good drawings, as well as written instructions, in the book to help you get those cleaner edges to your color areas. She includes both straight edges and curved joins. For the initial blocks, she adds some extra instructions to help you get used to the process. Each block has written instructions and charts. The quilt instructions include assembly diagrams.

I like that she has projects lined up in the book to help you learn the technique. She starts with a simple square, and then adds additional colors and then additional transitions.

In my copy I did find a typo on page 16, so I went to the publisher's website and found the errata. I expect future printings of the book will include that correction, but if your page 14 and page 16 contradict each other, it is page 14 that is correct.

I'm getting pretty comfortable with the technique, and it is NOT what I had done previously with my color changes. I don't know if everyone would consider it a 'new' technique, but I can see why they used that term. Even though intarsia is an old technique, I believe that this book's refinement of the technique is new (or at least newly standardized). This qualifies as 'new' more than some "new & improved" breakfast cereal. ;)

So in summary, the book both teaches a refinement of an old technique, and has a number of patterns that range from quilt-styled to themed.

P.S. You don't need to already know how to do intarsia to use this book.
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This book starts off with a section explaining how to use the book, and some wonderful tips. Laurinda explains the special stitches and reversible color changes, in a very clear way, and with lots of helpful pictures. It is nice to start off feeling like she is right there, holding your hand along the way!

The patterns in the book are put in order so that if you make the first several in order, you will learn the techniques as you go. Each pattern builds on the the techniques used in the previous pattern. By the time you have finished the first 9 patterns, you will know this technique in and out, AND you will have all the squares for the blanket on the book cover!

~ I may be making this technique sound more difficult than it is. Really, there are just a few stitches and tricks to how and where to carry and switch your yarn. Laurinda uses shaped stitches and color changes at different points within the stitches to make lines, angles, and curves; all in a much smoother way than I have seen before. This is not just tapestry crochet. It is done using half double and double crochet, making the fabric created move much smoother than the traditional single crochet of tapestry crochet.
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Reversible Color Crochet promises to teach a new technique to create completely reversible color work – and it delivers! The way the author teaches you to switch colors creates the most perfectly reversible crochet I've ever seen - this is way better than standard tapestry crochet, and gives far better results. The techniques are well explained, and the patterns are delightful. I love the charts, as well as the full color photos. The kids blanket patterns are fun, and the quilt based patterns are sure to create instant heirlooms!
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I love this book. The wonderful motif designs will keep you in afghans for years to come. And with the many ways of combining them, you'll never get bored. It's one of my favorite crochet books.
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This is a good pattern and technique book, but it does have some errors and omissions. Be aware that the "reversible color" technique is just that -- a technique. It is NOT a new type or method of crochet (e.g., broomstick, Tunisian, tapestry, hairpin). Essentially the author is presenting you with an alternative technique for executing intarsia, or colorwork, crochet. She demonstrates techniques to allow you to construct your intarsia crochet so that the back of your work looks like the front of your work and there is no "wrong" side. It is not truly "reversible" in the traditional sense because the back and the front will be mirror images of each other, not identical. It is useful for what it is, but it does have some errors, which is really unfortunate in a technical manual. For one example, the author states on page 14 to "[a]lways start at the lower right of a stitch diagram," but on page 16 states the exact opposite ("Always start reading a stitch diagram at the lower left,") and refers the reader back to page 14 for further clarification. That can be very confusing for a lot of people, especially novice crocheters or those who do not already know how to read charts. There are other errors like this elsewhere in the book, so it is a book best reserved for those who are already experienced with intarsia crochet and want tips to hone their skills and improve the look of the finished product. Most of the useful information is limited to a "Special Stitches" section, a minimal four-page, eight-stitch diagram section that leaves much to be desired and uses terminology likely incomprehensible to the beginner crocheter. The obligatory tools and materials, glossary, and finishing sections, all too common in advanced books, are fortunately abbreviated.Read more ›
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