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75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet: The Ultimate Mix-and-Match Patterns in Eye-Popping Colors (Knit & Crochet) Paperback – January 5, 2016
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LEONIE MORGAN is a freelance crochet designer who runs her own craft business and blog. A self-taught crocheter with a love of color and design, she is the author of 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet and 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. Leonie lives in the UK.
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The book opens with a Foreward by Leonie, which is very welcoming. The About This Book section describes the features of the book’s layout and its organization. The book continues on to a visual Hexagon Selector which is organized by size (7″/18 cm, 6″/15 cm, and 5″/13 cm) and includes a thumbnail of each hexagon. (These sizes are based on using a U.S. Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook with light weight yarn.) This is a great way to look for projects that catch your eye as well as to find hexagons of the same size that you can mix and match into the same project. The book then moves into the patterns. Each pattern includes Skill Level, Size, a visual color key (along with keys for color variations) and both written instructions using U.S. pattern abbreviations and charted instructions using international stitch symbols. The patterns are actually arranged in order of difficulty, which is why the Hexagon Selector is so helpful in finding hexagons of the same size. There are 24 Beginner hexagon patterns, 24 Intermediate hexagon patterns, and 22 Advanced hexagon patterns. All of the hexagon patterns feature a large photo of the hexagon, but many also feature full-page photos of the hexagons in different color palettes shown together. In addition to the hexagon patterns, there are five projects.
After the patterns, there are several reference sections that would be helpful to newer crocheters. The Materials and Notions section provides a solid background on selecting yarn, hooks, and other notions. The Basic Stitches and Techniques section includes written and illustrated instructions for holding the yarn and hook, making a slip knot, starting a foundation chain, turning and starting chains, and seven basic crochet stitches (slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, double treble crochet, and triple treble crochet), two methods for crocheting in the round, finishing off, joining new colors, and decreasing. The Stitch Variations section includes written and illustrated instructions for twelve special stitches and techniques. The Reading Patterns and Charts section provide a glossary of stitch abbreviations, a key to international stitch symbols, and tips for reading charts and patterns. The Gauge section provides helpful hints on getting gauge and preparing gauge swatches. The Blocking and Joining section includes great tips for finishing your projects along with written and illustrated instructions for five seaming methods. Next, there are three half hexagon patterns in two sizes and tips for adapting hexagons into half hexagons for straight edges. The Design Your Own Project section provides great tips for planning a design and choosing colors. The book ends with an index and list of Cascade yarns used in the patterns.
As with Leonie’s other books, the colors in 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet are vibrant and inspiring. The designs include classics and variations you probably haven’t seen elsewhere. About half of the patterns can be seen on the book’s Ravelry source page, so you can get a sense of the types of patterns included. Some of the things I enjoyed about the book are that patterns are arranged in difficulty order, so you can grow your skills while working through the hexagons; that the visual Hexagon Selector is arranged by hexagon size, so you can easily combine hexagons into one project; that patterns include both written and charted instructions; and that photos are large and plentiful. I do wish that the font size on the patterns was larger and that the book used spiral binding so it could lay flat while you crochet (though that would undoubtedly add to the cost). If you enjoy working with motifs, 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet is a great book to add to your collection.