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Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique Paperback – July 2, 2014
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"The afghans are gorgeous, like little works of art. Geometric shapes and quilt blocks full of the most amazing colors. The author starts with the basics and moves onto working with multiple colors at the same time." --"In Stitches," MyCentralJersey.com
"Using this book will provide the crocheter with endless hours of creativity and satisfaction with the results!" --Crochet Queen
"Each pattern featured in Reversible Color Crochet is unique and there are a variety of stitch patterns including stripes, chevrons, diamonds, diagonals, and more. Reversible Color Crochet also has a great section on how to get started with the book and what materials and tools are needed to make the afghan blocks. Laurinda also provides a guide for special stitches and a crochet symbol key to help you decipher what those charts and symbols mean. There is also a great section at the end for yarn management and other hints, as well as a glossary." --The Stitchin' Mommy
"This gorgeous book is full of projects that explores a new technique invented by Laurinda herself, a method which allows you to produce full color crochet imagery that is the same on both sides!" --Fiber Flux
"This really is a wonderful book. Not only does it teach a very useful new technique, but it is full of patterns sure to please the entire family. I highly recommend it!!" --Jessie at Home
"It's not often that someone comes up with a new crochet techniue like this, so we should rejoice that we now have a great technique for making Reversible Color Crochet!" --Not Your Granny's Crochet
"This book represents one of the very best integrations of instructional content and projects I've seen this year." --Crafty Pod
"Each of the book's 28 afghan blocks teaches a specific skill, starting simply and progressing to more complex geometric patterns and pictorial motiffs." --Yarn Market News
"The unique thing about the patterns inside this book is that author and designer Laurinda Reddig created an award-winning form of crochet that creates clear images that look exactly the same on both sides. Inside this 140-page book, she presents this new method along with 28 reversible squares suitable for afghans or other items as well as 10 projects that use them." --All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns
About the Author
Laurinda Reddig has been crocheting most of her life and loves sharing her passion through teaching. Her children inspire many of her designs, including both of the Crochet Guild of America award-winning designs that helped her develop the Reversible Intarsia Technique. Her designs and articles have appeared in various magazines including Interweave Crochet, Vogue Crochet, and Crochet!
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This book basically teaches how to do intarsia crochet with cleaner edges - on both sides of the fabric - than typically seen. She has a number of different squares, from geometric to floral. (see Ravelry listing for pictures.) She then has some example quilts included, using the various blocks. Of course, you can always make your own version.
There are some good drawings, as well as written instructions, in the book to help you get those cleaner edges to your color areas. She includes both straight edges and curved joins. For the initial blocks, she adds some extra instructions to help you get used to the process. Each block has written instructions and charts. The quilt instructions include assembly diagrams.
I like that she has projects lined up in the book to help you learn the technique. She starts with a simple square, and then adds additional colors and then additional transitions.
In my copy I did find a typo on page 16, so I went to the publisher's website and found the errata. I expect future printings of the book will include that correction, but if your page 14 and page 16 contradict each other, it is page 14 that is correct.
I'm getting pretty comfortable with the technique, and it is NOT what I had done previously with my color changes. I don't know if everyone would consider it a 'new' technique, but I can see why they used that term. Even though intarsia is an old technique, I believe that this book's refinement of the technique is new (or at least newly standardized). This qualifies as 'new' more than some "new & improved" breakfast cereal. ;)
So in summary, the book both teaches a refinement of an old technique, and has a number of patterns that range from quilt-styled to themed.
P.S. You don't need to already know how to do intarsia to use this book.
The patterns in the book are put in order so that if you make the first several in order, you will learn the techniques as you go. Each pattern builds on the the techniques used in the previous pattern. By the time you have finished the first 9 patterns, you will know this technique in and out, AND you will have all the squares for the blanket on the book cover!
~ I may be making this technique sound more difficult than it is. Really, there are just a few stitches and tricks to how and where to carry and switch your yarn. Laurinda uses shaped stitches and color changes at different points within the stitches to make lines, angles, and curves; all in a much smoother way than I have seen before. This is not just tapestry crochet. It is done using half double and double crochet, making the fabric created move much smoother than the traditional single crochet of tapestry crochet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The finished squares are beautiful, from both sides, however following the patterns is very frustrating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda
Very nice choices in this book. I am working on another project so I'm not sure about the directions on each project yet.Published 4 months ago by K. Beyer
Very good book on intarsia chrocheting. I had some problems with the different stitches, took me longer than normal to see it, but when I got it, it produced nice crisp lines. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kirsten M.
Not particularly interesting. Does however have useful instructions for using bobbins. It would be more enjoyable and useful for a beginner crocheter, not an experienced one.Published 9 months ago by ratty
First time ever to try this type of crocheting and love it. Nice and easy.Published 16 months ago by M. Livingston