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Whenever you think a craft has been explored to the maximum, think again. Some enterprising needle worker, somewhere in the world, is dreaming of an out-of-the-box innovation. Enter Omdahl, known for her delicate yet contemporary interpretations of crochet (Wrapped in Crochet, 2008, to mention just one previous book). In her new book, 18 graceful projects, ranging from shawls to baby blankies, are linked—literally—by the ways they are joined together, seamlessly, without the hassle and fuss of weaving in yarn ends. Plus, for many projects, expansion is easy; for example, a shawlette is transformed into an adult covering by the addition of a few motifs. Instructions appear in two “languages,” English and crochet symbols (graphs), and illustrations are in full color. Although no level of difficulty is indicated, most projects are geared to crochet addicts, practitioners who would truly agonize over the choice between a star Mobius-cum-cowl or an Eden tile rectangular wrap. --Barbara Jacobs

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"This is the most comprehensive resource I've yet found on the topic of crocheting join-as-you-go motifs. I've occasionally seen join-as-you-go designs before, but up until now I've seen this technique used mostly as a way to join granny squares. It's really exciting, inspiring and refreshing to get a hold of an entire collection of patterns created using this method." - Amy Solovay, Crochet Editor at About.com

"Kristin's thoughtfulness to provide crocheters with so many extra details makes her one of my favorite crochet designers...I am able to follow along no matter what my skill level." - AllFreeCrochet.com

"If you're like me, you find joining pieces of knit and crochet work to be a bit nerve-wracking. This book features lovely motifs - snowflakes, flowers, stars, tiles - that can be joined as you go." - Austin-American Statesman

"This is the best reference I've yet found on the topic of crocheting seamless join-as-you-go motifs." – About.com Guide to Crochet

"With this book, modular designs are no longer the boring side of crochet. Fewer ends to weave in, more secure joins, and finer (and far fewer) seams make this book a great resource for any crocheter – beginner or advanced." - CraftGossip.com Crochet Guide

"Because I'm a bit of a technique geek, my favorite part of the book is in the back where she carefully explains how the technique works, and how you can use it to create your own designs. One of the things I'm most excited to play with is using the technique with color-changing yarns. Since you're not breaking yarn between motifs, the projects in the book are all of one kind of yarn each." - Amy O'Neill Houck, crochet designer and author

"Yet another masterpiece by our beloved crochet designer Kristin Omdahl." - Faina Goberstein, knitwear designer and author

"Amazing designs...this is the type of book that I like. It is a pattern book, but it is also a method book...it shows you how to do some patterns, and tells you how to figure out others. This way, it opens up opportunities to unleash your creativity!" - Marty Miller, The Crochet Doctor and President of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

"It is mind-blowing awesome. If you love granny motifs as much as I do, I really urge to you get the book and learn this technique. It is so inspiring and fun, and I am in love with Kristin for creating such a great book for us to use!" - Robyn Chachula, crochet designer and author, Simply Crochet

"Beautiful projects...In addition to written instructions, the book also contains detailed stitch diagrams for every pattern as well as construction diagrams when needed and gorgeous photos of the projects." - Amy Shelton, Crochetville.org

"Kristin is one of the crochet (and knitting) communities most influential designers and she creates some truly stunning pieces." - Jimmy Beans Wool

"If you love the look of motif crochet, but are hesitant to commit because of the ends...this book is your answer. Shawls, hats, scarves, baby blankets...You want it, it's in here!" - Rebecca Velasquez, crochet designer and contributor, Simply Crochet

"Kristin brilliantly creates a way to avoid having to weave in all the ends and sew together a huge stack of crochet motifs when you're done with a project. It's hard to say which project I'll make first from this book, since they're all fantastic." - Sara Wilburn, Sara Likes to Make Stuff

"The diagrams in the book are clear once you understand the method behind them. So are the written directions. Combine the two and you have a marvelous system that is truly unique." - Dana Wright, She Knits When She Should be Writing

"Kristin Omdahl brings crochet projects to a forefront of fashion. Her designs are fresh, stylish and suitable for every body type." - Simona Merchant-Dest, knitwear designer

"Kristin Omdahl is known for her innovative techniques (at least by me sh

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Pap/DVD edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596682973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristin Omdahl designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN, and is the author of "Crochet So Fine" (Interweave, July 2010) and "Wrapped In Crochet" (Interweave, 2008). She appears in every episode of Knitting Daily TV on public television as the show's "Crochet Corner" expert, and she conducts seminars around the country on crochet and in her new DVD workshop, "Innovative Crochet: Motifs" (Interweave, 2009). Kristin's work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Crochet Today, Crochet!, Cast On, and Knit N' Style, plus books including "Crochet Gifts" (Interweave, 2009) and "Crochet Me" (Interweave, 2007). She enjoys knitting and crocheting in her orchid garden in sunny, Southwest Florida. Check out what's new with Kristin at www.StyledbyKristin.com.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Tutcher on February 7, 2012
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When I got the book I was confused, but once I started the first pattern (I chose Lacy Flower Hat) I was amazed at how easy it was. There was a lightbulb that went off and the motifs went together like magic. I love the look of motif pieces, but rarely made them because I HATE weaving in ends, on a piece created the traditional way, 100 motifs joined together means at least 200 ends to weave in. When I finished the hat I had just two ... easy peasey. Kudos to Kristin Omdahl for helping me see crocheted motifs in a different light.

I also like the fact that there are both written and charted directions for each project. Sometimes one version of instruction helps clarify the other.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lacey Heward on October 1, 2012
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This is a new crochet technique. The book has great pictures that help put the crochet pieces in perspective on real people. There are written instructions on not only the individual pieces, but also how to do seamless crochet. Honestly it is pretty complicated for me, so the DVD that came with the book was very helpful in figuring out how to do it. The DVD shows how to read the seamless crochet charts, how to perform some of the more complicated stitch work, and then it goes through making one of the items which is a cute hat. You could potentially follow along making the hat, but I decided to just watch it so I can see how it's done. I don't know if I'll ever be an expert at this style of crochet, but I really like the idea of not having to sew a punch of motifs together! Once I was able to see how it's done on the DVD, which in turn helped me to understand the charts in the book, I think I could get the hang of it. But it's definitely a commitment to sit down and really focus on it. It's not something you can just leave and come back to until you get really good. Overall I'm happy I now have the book in my collection to refer back to and study as I go.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on December 9, 2011
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Just started reading this book yesterday and I can't put it down! The designs are great and so are the instructions. I've read all of Kristen's books and I love this one too. This book has given me all kinds of new ideas that I can use for corchet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Milani on September 6, 2012
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The seamless technique is explained very well. It has both pictoral instructions and a nice DVD. If it were solely a technique book I would not hesitate to give five stars, however it is also a pattern book. If I could give four and a half stars, I would.

There are four shawl patterns, two outstanding (ninja star and blue lagoon), one more like a wide scarf.

There are seven patterns for accessories, including a holey yoga or shopping bag, two scarves, a cowl, a möbius shoulder wrap, and two hats. The hats and möbius are nice. I live in Minnesota, so the holey nature of the scarves would not work very well for my family.

Three home decor items are included. I like the motifs, and would probably switch them into one of the shawl or möbius patterns in the book.

The book concludes with four patterns in a baby/child section. The starfish blanket is particularly cute! The mitered squares are interesting.

So overall, I give five stars for technique and four stars for patterns.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cat-Wm on January 27, 2012
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This is an excellent book for more advanced crochet enthusiasts. Ms. Ohmdahl is a most talented fiber artist, and a lovely woman (whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a yarn conference). The book comes with an instructional DVD and the designs are very inspiring.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathrine Varnes on March 16, 2012
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I am not the sort to follow a pattern, but there are some great ideas -- and patterns -- in this slim volume which has opened up new posibilities for me. A good reference if not an instant classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naomij1966 on September 30, 2012
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There is nothing quite like opening a new book especially one that holds so many different lessons.
After learning from the dvd format I am now comfortable trying it all. I love this, it covers so many different techniques and they are all relatively easy to follow. The road to discovery is wide open to anyone who is inclined to learn this craft.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Cheek on December 6, 2011
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I was eagerly awaiting the publication of this book and the "new" technique it would reveal. I have seen the technique for making joined motifs used on may different designs from many different sources...granted, not all together in one place. The method for crocheting mitered squares onto each other is neither new nor revolutionary, While I usually love Ms. Omdahl's books, this one has me disappointed.
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