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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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Berroco began as Stanley Woolen Mills in 1810 and has gradually evolved into one of the largest importers and wholesalers of yarns, patterns, and supplies to independent yarn shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Norah Gaughan, author of STC’s Knitting Nature, joined Berroco as design director after freelancing for most of the major yarn companies and knitting magazines in the industry.
Margery Winter was creative director at Berroco for 12 years, and has been editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting and Family Circle Knitting, as well as the fashion editor of McCall's Needlework and Crafts.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798262
  • ASIN: B006QS0CHG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol S. VINE VOICE on April 18, 2010
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Comfort Aghans is a lovely book, filled with over 50 afghan patterns. Roughly half are knit and half are crocheted. The vast majority are written for worsted weight yarn; the remainder are split between DK and chunky gauge. You'll find just about every style under the sun, from traditional stripes to more understated textural patterns; interesting variations on afghans made of squares; modular knitting & creative crochet shapes; embroidery, colorwork, cables and more. There are a few styles specifically shown as baby blankets (although making other patterns in traditional baby colors would easily work) but most of the choices are shown on couches, chairs or other non-baby settings. There are lots of clear, beautiful photographs; charts are provided where necessary; and the skill level ranges from afghan to afghan (some are suitable for beginner knitters or crocheters while others employ more advanced skills). If you do the math, this book is a wonderful value: at the current Amazon price, patterns cost on average less than thirty cents each. And there is nothing about this book as opposed to any other book that would make it difficult to substitute yarns if you didn't wish to use the Berroco yarns shown in the book. At around three bucks a ball for Comfort DK, for example, I don't think the Berroco yarns are exceptionally pricey in the larger scheme of things, but given that afghans provide great flexibility in size/gauge (they don't need to fit precise measurements in the way that, say, a sweater does), and given that most of the book uses worsted weight Comfort -- one of the most readily available gauges available -- it would be a cinch to substitute whatever worsted yarn you prefer, from Red Heart to Malabrigo.

All in all, a lovely book with tons of patterns that run the gamut when it comes to style, technique and skill level.
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On the positive side, this is a gorgeous book with beautiful patterns for both knit and crochet--easily bought on a whim. I should, however, warn beginners that this is clearly written for experienced knitters/crocheters, as certain things are assumed to be known or understood (despite the claim that this book is "intended for stitchers of every 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).
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I purchased this book because I am a knitter and I just love the varied and beautiful patterns that are in here for afghans and comforters. The book calls for the use of Berroco yarn but any yarn with the same gauge can be substituted. Most of the afghans call for needle size 8 - 10 U.S.

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.
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I bought this book a couple years ago and fell in love with most of the patterns in it. So if you're looking for a book with lots of great ideas this is a good one.

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.
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