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Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook: 50 Motifs, 10 Projects, 1 of a Kind Results Hardcover-spiral – May 24, 2011

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About the Author

Ellen Gormley is a well-published crochet designer. She has been designing since 2004 and has had approximately 80 projects featured by magazines and yarn companies including Crochet Today and Interweave Crochet. Ellen was nominated for several categories for the 2009 Crochet Awards and came in first in the Best Designer, Home Décor category.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440209073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440209079
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I heard about this book from the Getting Loopy podcast, and I immediately ran here to Amazon to order my copy.

I love making afghans, and I've been looking for some ways to get creative (outside of the granny square box). I received my copy last night and eagerly went through every single motif and flagged probably 75% of them as "urgent to-dos."

Now a brief review: The book is beautiful for starters, the glossy look and feel of the cover is great, and then opening it up you're greeted with a spiral bound book that lays flat when opened! What a dream! The pictures of each motif are fantastic, up-close and personal, and the instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. The Afghan designs are beautiful too, I may start with one of those before branching out in my own mix-and-match adventures.

What I LOVE about this book:
1) With each motif Ellen includes several mix-and-match options of other motifs in the book that would couple well.
2) The extensive "encyclopedia" of knowledge at the beginning of this book is great. I'm still relatively new to crochet and really yarn arts in general, and even since last night, I've learned so much more about different crochet stitches, and even yarn types!
3) My absolute favorite part of this book is that at the beginning of each set of motifs, Ellen includes some layout ideas for the motifs of that shape. This is brilliant, especially for me (a complete novice at designing afghans) because I would have struggled to come up with interesting layouts on my own.

Thank you Ellen for a fabulous book!
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Just got it! It's not paperback! It has hard covers! And the inside is SPIRAL bound! Wonderful! It lays flat while you're using it! I'm just a beginner, so the drawings are valuable to me. I'm loving the whole variety/ mix and match theme. Only problem is chosing which to do first!
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Ellen Gormley's new book has something for every level of crochet expertise. Go Crochet! is well written and user friendly. The technical explanations, instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. The motifs are beautifully photographed and the stitch diagrams are an added benefit. Ms Gormley's commentary on the motifs makes the book come to life. Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop is a wonderful source of inspiration. Grab your hooks, gather your yarn, pick a motif or two or more and design your very own afghan masterpiece.
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Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook is a really fun book. It is a great introduction to personalizing your own crocheted afghans and also features 50 different motifs and 10 projects.

The book is organized into three sections:

Ready...Set...Go Crochet!,
Motifs to Go, and
Afghans to Go.

There is also an appendix which provides information on yarn weights, hooks, and crochet terms which including comparisons between the US and UK terminology.

Ready...Set...Go Crochet! has a nice introduction to supplies including things like digital cameras and blocking boards which aren't on the standard list of tools included in most crochet books. It also reviews pattern abbreviations and international stitch symbols. There are a few pages explaining the stitches used in the book, complete with instructions and diagrams. This includes the basic stitches (sc, dc, etc.) as well as clusters, popcorns, and several types of decreases.

My favorite part here is the six pages devoted to "Creating Your Own Designs," where Ellen talks about pattern modification, color, layout, and assembly.

As someone who teaches a lot of beginners, I really enjoy the conversational tone Ellen uses as well as the information she shares. She anticipates a lot of the questions that beginners or those who are just becoming intermediates have about yarn, terms, etc.

Motifs to Go includes ten designs each in squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, and octagons. Each motif includes a small introduction about the pattern or colors by Ellen. The colors are vibrant and the pictures represent the blocks well.
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When I first heard about this book, I scoffed. In my head, I thought, this has been done before.
As there were such good reviews floating around from the crochet community; I decided to give this book a shot. I'm such a "motif junkie" and this book was right up my alley.
It was very well planned and thereby, very well executed. Great pictures, good blocking, helpful advice and tips; not much else you can ask for.
I highly recommend this book, even if you already have a motif based book in your library.
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This book has been long awaited by Ellen's many adoring fans. And it does not disappoint! The beautiful motifs are a sight to behold in and of themselves but the mini-stories bring the reader up close and personal with Ellen and her design process. The patterns are just a jumping off point for the imagination to run wild with your own combinations and creations since all the motifs can fit interchangeably with each other - the sky is the limit as Ellen gives you the tools to build your very own project! The spiral bound spine allows the crocheter to keep the book flat while working. There are so many reference materials - not the least of which are the amazing stitch diagrams - that even the beginning crocheter can make beautiful projects with ease. This crocheter can't wait to get started on her next masterpiece - Bravo!
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