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Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects Paperback – Bargain Price, December 10, 2010
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I did find a typo in the first section where the basic directions of the technique are located. On page 12, for Step 3: The end of that paragraph should read the B color is on the "bottom" (is says on top, but the previous sentence tells you that A is on top, and looking at the accompanying graphic shows A on top and B on bottom or underneath). I'm surprised that this particular typo didn't get picked up editorially because those are the basic foundation instructions for the whole book. However, I have made several of the different patterns and have not yet come across any other mistakes - or at least my blocks look like theirs, so I am assuming no mistakes.
I would not recommend this book for a beginning crocheter. You should have mastery of following patterns and the concepts of crochet in front and back of stitches, and front and back post. The crochet stitch from the back is a little awkward because you are pulling the yarn through the fabric from front to back which is opposite of regular crochet.
Once you get the basic 4 interlocking stitches, the possibilities are endless.Read more ›
Interlocking crochet involves working in two colors at a time, alternating one color at a time. At no time is color A woven onto color B, or color B onto color A. This understanding is absolutely CRITICAL. Mostly a sort of filet crochet type mesh is created in one color, and interwoven with the other color, creating a neat pattern.
There are NO youtube videos of this technique, and all I could find of it is one blogger who indicated that she knew how to use this technique in the round, but provided no explanations, patterns or pictures. Because of this, I bought the book. I wanted to learn the technique, and the cover afghan looks very pretty.
This book DOES NOT explain in any kind of useful detail how to do this technique. The pictures are substandard and unhelpful, and the explanations barely four sentences for the crux of the technique.
Here's the breakdown:
Step 1: Filet mesh foundation; four paragraphs. Simple enough.
Step 2: Layering; one sentence. Picture provided. Okay.
Step 3: The first row; five paragraphs. Basically you make a filet mesh in each color, and stagger the colors (ie in the space created by the filet mesh window of color A, you place the post of color B).
Step 4: Turning and continuing; one long paragraph. Two pictures. Okay, but sucky pictures. Basically you flip your piece over and try to remember which yarn will be in front and which in back. The pattern reminds you of this anyway.
Step 5: Finishing your design panels; three paragraphs. Basically, because the work is staggered, it needs some cleanup filet mesh at the end to make the design look even.Read more ›
My first project from this book is the "granny square" baby blanket using cotton yarn to make a small rug. Unfortunately, I guess I misunderstood the instructions... because the squares were ending up misaligned. If I adjusted the "B" rows, I was able to get things lined up correctly.
I am definitely planning on doing more of this technique but I will have to figure out how/why the pattern wasn't lining up quite right because the mistakes were *very* obvious!!
I took out a few rows so that I could redo the part that was misaligned. FYI, I highly recommend using "split ring" stitch markers or something to hold the loop of yarn you are not working. Even with a large loop in place, some stitches were accidentally undone when I was working with the other yarn (color).
I recommend that you read and re-read the instructions for the row you are about to work... and figure out the basic pattern in your mind. Then close the book and trust your eyes! If something doesn't seem to be lining up right you probably have a mistake in there somewhere.
For example: The instructions might read as follows -
With A, chain 4, dcib in next dc, *[ch 1, dcif next dc] 4 times, [ch 1, dcib in next dc] twice; repeat from * across.
Ok - my translation = 4 in the front, 2 in the back. Repeat.
Keep in mind that you only have to do double crochet then chain throughout. With the exception of the turning ch 4 (equal to a dc plus ch) and the finishing of the project (single crochet?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The patterns are beautiful but the pictures were not clear on how to master stitches. I even brought the book to a yarn store & they also had trouble figuring it out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dorothea M.
I just really like this book.
I used the book and the u-tube video's she has posted. Excellent. Every one has just loved the Afghans i have made so far. Read more
The book is wonderful and has easy to read instructions for all stitches used.Published 2 months ago by KC Pink
The interlocking technique creates interesting patterns and a textured fabric with nice heft and give. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Glenna Green
This book has so many incredible patterns and I love the blanket I made. That being said, the directions are difficult to follow if you're new to interlocking crochet, which I was. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tristen Cockrell