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Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans: More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco's Comfort Yarn Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2010
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All in all, a lovely book with tons of patterns that run the gamut when it comes to style, technique and skill level.
The first and only pattern I've tried is the Bicolor Chevron, and I found two errors: the first repeat asterisk under Row 2 shouldn't be there, and the amounts given for the two colors of yarn are backwards (you should buy 9 skeins of color A and 7 skeins of color B). I also had trouble understanding the described method for handling the color switching, though I am admittedly no expert.
I haven't taken a serious look at any of the other patterns yet, but the amount of errors/difficulty I experienced with the first makes me seriously question the rest of the book. I don't necessarily regret buying it, but I expected much higher quality (at least in terms of editing).
My favorite afghans in the book are the Retro which is reminiscent of the 1980's with "mock cables, twisted stitch blocks and garter ribbing". The Gypsy Patchwork is colorful and wild and "evokes the gypsy in all of us". The Weave is a sophisticated looking afghan where each square is knit individually and then sewn together. The Basketweave is perfect for a beginner and would make a beautiful bedspread. There is no edging in this pattern so it can be knit very quickly. Petal is a lovely baby blanket that has a repeat square pattern with a flower in the middle. Floret is also a baby blanket with "cables, ribs, and bobbles" that come together "to form stylized flowers". Still Life will make a lovely wall hanging. It is a multi-color pattern with a vase of flowers and a book lying nearby. It is a piece of fabric art. For you experienced knitters out there who want to take on a challenge, The Ukranian Tiles blanket is spectacular. Made in red and white it consists of "complex geometric patterns...inspired by classic Eastern European textiles as well as the elaborate patterns used to decorate Ukranian Easter eggs." The Kilim is a two-colored textured afghan worked with bobbles and Fair Isle colorwork. Herringbone is a classic afghan with cables and twisted stitches that are knit in a repeat pattern that is easy to memorize. I plan on knitting this afghan soon.
I think you knitters out there get the idea.Read more ›
I do throw some caution at starting to create an afghan from the patterns in the book since my experience with one of the patterns has shown it needs some corrections. So before committing to the full 300+ stitches, try the pattern out on 1 section of the piece.
Now I am a self taught knitter. I have been knitting various projects from scarves, mittens, hats, and afghans for about 6 years, so I feel I am fairly experienced at knitting and using all kinds of stitches and patterns. When I got this book I immediately fell in love with the Aran pattern with all the twists, cables and variations of knit and purl stitches. I read through the directions and thought I understood how to knit the pattern but after I had completed a full 30 rows of 307 stitches my creation looked nothing like the pattern. Frustrated I unraveled all my work and came to the realization that there are things I needed to know to do that were not written in the book. Now this may be something I should have just known before beginning but I didn't and it was not written anywhere in the book that I could find but when working on even and odd rows you need to alternate the chart that you start with. So on row 1 you start with chart B but row 2 you start with chart C. This keeps the pattern going correctly as you work you're way up the chart. Another thing that is labeled wrong in the book for this pattern is the directions for completing a cable knit. The first three cable knits are correct and easy to follow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not a crocheter per se (though I do crochet), but the knitting choices run from the simple to the complex and give us a wide choice. Read morePublished 28 days ago by bettyd
Wow, many wonderful patterns for making beautiful blankets. My children ordered a few of the blankets. Looking forward to knitting. The directions are interesting .Published 6 months ago by Michelle Przybylowski
i first found this book in the public library a few years ago and i loved the patterns in it. i was never able to make any of the patterns out of it because of time constraints... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary Frontino
One of my favorite and first pattern books that I bought. It's one of those rare ones where I like just about every single pattern and have made them more than once. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michelle Brandl
Lots of different techniques in here for both knitters and crocheters definitely worth the time to buy & peruse for your favorite afghan.Published 11 months ago by MommaKell
The designs are fabulous; however, there are some errors in the patterns.Published 14 months ago by Ann Iya
I have made several of the blankets in this book - one of my "go-to" resources. Earthy, challenging and simple all in one.Published 14 months ago by Penni Jones
Afghans are one the harder but most rewarding crochet projects and this book assembles some lovely patterns. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ArecRain