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Seamless Crochet: Techniques and Designs for Join-As-You-Go Motifs Paperback – December 13, 2011
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Whenever you think a craft has been explored to the maximum, think again. Some enterprising needle worker, somewhere in the world, is dreaming of an out-of-the-box innovation. Enter Omdahl, known for her delicate yet contemporary interpretations of crochet (Wrapped in Crochet, 2008, to mention just one previous book). In her new book, 18 graceful projects, ranging from shawls to baby blankies, are linked—literally—by the ways they are joined together, seamlessly, without the hassle and fuss of weaving in yarn ends. Plus, for many projects, expansion is easy; for example, a shawlette is transformed into an adult covering by the addition of a few motifs. Instructions appear in two “languages,” English and crochet symbols (graphs), and illustrations are in full color. Although no level of difficulty is indicated, most projects are geared to crochet addicts, practitioners who would truly agonize over the choice between a star Mobius-cum-cowl or an Eden tile rectangular wrap. --Barbara Jacobs
"This is the most comprehensive resource I've yet found on the topic of crocheting join-as-you-go motifs. I've occasionally seen join-as-you-go designs before, but up until now I've seen this technique used mostly as a way to join granny squares. It's really exciting, inspiring and refreshing to get a hold of an entire collection of patterns created using this method." - Amy Solovay, Crochet Editor at About.com
"Kristin's thoughtfulness to provide crocheters with so many extra details makes her one of my favorite crochet designers...I am able to follow along no matter what my skill level." - AllFreeCrochet.com
"If you're like me, you find joining pieces of knit and crochet work to be a bit nerve-wracking. This book features lovely motifs - snowflakes, flowers, stars, tiles - that can be joined as you go." - Austin-American Statesman
"This is the best reference I've yet found on the topic of crocheting seamless join-as-you-go motifs." – About.com Guide to Crochet
"With this book, modular designs are no longer the boring side of crochet. Fewer ends to weave in, more secure joins, and finer (and far fewer) seams make this book a great resource for any crocheter – beginner or advanced." - CraftGossip.com Crochet Guide
"Because I'm a bit of a technique geek, my favorite part of the book is in the back where she carefully explains how the technique works, and how you can use it to create your own designs. One of the things I'm most excited to play with is using the technique with color-changing yarns. Since you're not breaking yarn between motifs, the projects in the book are all of one kind of yarn each." - Amy O'Neill Houck, crochet designer and author
"Yet another masterpiece by our beloved crochet designer Kristin Omdahl." - Faina Goberstein, knitwear designer and author
"Amazing designs...this is the type of book that I like. It is a pattern book, but it is also a method book...it shows you how to do some patterns, and tells you how to figure out others. This way, it opens up opportunities to unleash your creativity!" - Marty Miller, The Crochet Doctor and President of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)
"It is mind-blowing awesome. If you love granny motifs as much as I do, I really urge to you get the book and learn this technique. It is so inspiring and fun, and I am in love with Kristin for creating such a great book for us to use!" - Robyn Chachula, crochet designer and author, Simply Crochet
"Beautiful projects...In addition to written instructions, the book also contains detailed stitch diagrams for every pattern as well as construction diagrams when needed and gorgeous photos of the projects." - Amy Shelton, Crochetville.org
"Kristin is one of the crochet (and knitting) communities most influential designers and she creates some truly stunning pieces." - Jimmy Beans Wool
"If you love the look of motif crochet, but are hesitant to commit because of the ends...this book is your answer. Shawls, hats, scarves, baby blankets...You want it, it's in here!" - Rebecca Velasquez, crochet designer and contributor, Simply Crochet
"Kristin brilliantly creates a way to avoid having to weave in all the ends and sew together a huge stack of crochet motifs when you're done with a project. It's hard to say which project I'll make first from this book, since they're all fantastic." - Sara Wilburn, Sara Likes to Make Stuff
"The diagrams in the book are clear once you understand the method behind them. So are the written directions. Combine the two and you have a marvelous system that is truly unique." - Dana Wright, She Knits When She Should be Writing
"Kristin Omdahl brings crochet projects to a forefront of fashion. Her designs are fresh, stylish and suitable for every body type." - Simona Merchant-Dest, knitwear designer
"Kristin Omdahl is known for her innovative techniques (at least by me sh
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The reason I wanted more info about this technique? I'm a left handed crocheter. These patterns are very directional, but if you'[re like most lefties you can reverse most of this stuff in your head as you go. Swatch first to see if there's going to be any hinky areas in the pattern.
It's a method that takes some planning ahead , even more if you're a leftie depending on the pattern you choose. It's been a while, but I remember points where I had to take the hook out and put it back in so I was on the right side of the chain. I've slip stitched into the wrong side of a chain so I end up in the right place. It's doesn't look bad but it does take some extra thought.
After learning from the dvd format I am now comfortable trying it all. I love this, it covers so many different techniques and they are all relatively easy to follow. The road to discovery is wide open to anyone who is inclined to learn this craft.