- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Interweave; 7/29/04 edition (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931499683
- ISBN-13: 978-1931499682
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 295 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match Paperback – September 1, 2004
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About the Author
Jan Eaton is a professional needlecraft and textile designer who owns Tom Pudding Designs, a company that produces her exclusive range of cross-stitch and needlepoint chart packs. She is the author of The Creative Guide to Cross Stitch Embroidery and Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
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I have owned and enjoyed the companion book, 200 Ripple Stich Patterns, by the same author, and it is excellent. I was excited to find 200 Blocks, but have been somewhat disappointed. The book is a collection of individual crochet block patterns, suggested pairings of those blocks, and directions on how to use the patterns to assemble custom projects. The patterns themselves are sound and following the pattern will indeed produce the desired block. However, most of them are blocks I would never care to make. There are quite a few that are basically just swatches, and some of them look dated to me. Out of the 200 patterns, I will probably only ever use 5. I can find dozens of block patterns that I like with a simple google search.
If you’re going to buy one crochet pattern book you should buy 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns and skip this one.
Now for the bad: Interweave Press is very good about posting corrections to patterns on their website and keeping them there long enough so that you can still access them if the book is old, but they only do it when someone points out an error, and that means that someone who is experienced has to do every block. Stitch diagrams or stitch counts would have helped a great deal with this.
Also, as someone else pointed out, for many of the blocks they give four color schemes and count those as four different patterns. That is really stretching it, since apparently I have invented a host of new blocks, as I used my own color scheme. Just as bad is the number of blocks that are just single crochet all the way, but they have a row or two in a different color. Change the number of rows that are a different color, or change their position within the block (near the bottom instead of near the top), and they count each of those as new patterns. (They do the same thing with bobbles.) A better book would be one with just 50 patterns, each with diagrams and stitch counts, and checked for accuracy, and if all blocks were designed to be the same size, it would be a classic for all time. (And they should show as many of those blocks as possible on the front cover, as their cover choice has little eye appeal.)
Amazon policies prohibit posting URLs, but you can find them by going to Interweave (dot-com) and typing "corrections" in the search box on the left. From the list generated click "2. Knitting Book Corrections," then 200 Crochet Blocks appears at the top of the next list. That link takes you to the page where you can download corrected patterns for #16 Water Lily, #35 Tricolor Square, #47 Queen Anne's Lace, #48 Danish Square, #58 Peach Rose, #79 Baltic Square, #100 Pastel Delight, and Techniques: Working in Rounds.