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"This book is full with modern, beautiful sweater patterns, it's hard to choose which one to start first. The sweaters are also constructed using different methods, so there is a lot to learn about sweater construction! If you're interested in crocheting different types of sweaters, this book is definitely for you." --CrochetSpot.com

"Blueprint Crochet Sweaters by Robyn Chachula is a great introduction to crocheting sweaters and other fashionable garments. In this collection of sixteen patterns, you'll not only learn the basics of sweater construction, but you will also learn how to create better fitting garments in general." --AllFreeCrochet

"Blueprint Crochet Sweaters is a tremendous resource--filled with essential design knowledge and tips. Whether you are learning to design, or you are only interested in crocheting garments which fit you--you will find something in this publication to help you meet you goals." --Oombawka Design Crochet

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Robyn Chachula began her career as a structural engineer with a specialty in historic preservation and renovation, which uses her ability to take big projects and break them into little items anyone can understand. She is the author of Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter (Interweave, 2008). Visit her blog, crochetbyfaye.com.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596688289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596688285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CLASSIC CONSTRUCTION
Cranberry Cardigan (uses a diamond lattice stitch pattern, cute and well, classic!
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A book that takes the mystery out of making sweaters with a crochet hook!

Pros
1) Gives 4 very different construction techniques
2) Explains each technique in great detail
3) Special stitches and how to incorp them into designs
4) How to read a chart
5) Buttonholes

All the above explained in great detail and more

Neuts
1) Some ofthe designs are very much neutral for me liking or disliking but the book shows how to change them so could be considered a Pro

Cons
I can not see one con other than book construction and binding being crafter unfriendly but that is the publisher's fault not the author, so no Cons

This is book is for any serious crocheter's library!
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This book contains lovely creations by well-known designers such as Robyn Chachula, Drew Emborsky and Kristin Omdahl. The charts and schematics are plentiful and extremely helpful. The introduction also contains some useful information and suggestions. Don't skip it. The book is divided into four ways to construct a sweater: Classic, Top-down and In-the-Round, Granny Motif and Unique. Each section provides you with several options of great sweaters to crochet.

As always, I took the book to my fiber fun group which mostly consists of beginning crocheters. They loved many of the items but felt the projects were way above their skill level, even with assistance. So possibly the book would be best for advanced beginners, but mainly intermediate and advanced crocheters would love it.

My personal favorites are: Cranberry Cardigan by Robyn Chachula on page 12, Foliage Shrug by Simona Merchant-Dest on page 30, Veronica Pullover (the book cover sweater and a real winner) by Kristin Omdahl on page 138 and the Smoky Cropped Top by Drew Emborsky on page 60.

If you are up to the challenge of crocheting a sweater (maybe for the first time), this is the book for you.
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This is my second favorite book by Robyn Chachula (first being TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY). The photos are gorgeous! Again you get the symbols, photos, written instructions, and diagrams. But this book is about construction. ALL about construction. Top-down, one piece, bottom up, rounds, rows, granny motifs and a section on "unique construction". Some of her combinations are truly inspired, like a lace top with a heavy cowl collar worked as granny motifs, then joined. My favorite has to be the "Burnt Plaid Dress" worked from the bottom up to the shoulders. Yes, I said plaid.
Tips throughout, symbols, abbreviations and illustrations, written stitch directions all handily placed at the book. It is so well put together, but then what would you expect from a structural engineer?
Check out http://crochetbyfaye to see what's tickling her hooks now.
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I have been crocheting for 8 + years and have recently been working on designing my own sweaters. Although not a true step-by-step for designing from scratch, this book does have a lot of hints and tricks, and provides several attractive sweaters for you to customize and tweak to fit you perfectly. With explanations on how to crochet sweaters in several different ways, there is definitely something for everyone who wants to take their crochet to the next level.
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This book teaches you how to take Robyn's patterns and custom fit them to your size. The information provided can be incorporated into designing your own crochet patterns, but how to do so is not spelled out in this book so you must be creative at piecing together specific techniques to get the end result you want.
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