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"Now that the crushing weight of holiday crafting has lifted, crocheters may be inspired to take up their hooks and make something from this lovely new book by Chachula (Blueprint Crochet). The premise of the book is that patterns are grouped into sections according to how much yarn will be needed -- from 1 ball to more than 5. It's a neat organizational point, but the majority of readers may find that they prefer the patterns to be ranked by difficulty. Indeed, there's a vast range here, from a simple Dots and Dashes Baby Blanket, which will take more time than skill, to the Amelia cardigan that takes up 12 pages of instruction and presents a test of technique. All of the patterns are modern in design and are presented in attractive, multiple, full-color photographs. The Spa Shawl Top, a lacy marvel, along with the intricate Iced Ascot and a Flapper Hat, show the author's particular gift for feminine but still current design, which can be hard to find in crochet books. The standard basic instructions in the back won't be enough for the new crocheter, but this book isn't the right starting point in any case. The experienced crocheter will find a gratifying -- yes, even stash-busting -- challenge." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Robyn Chachula is the author of Baby Blueprint Crochet, and best-selling Blueprint Crochet, and a contributor to Crochet Me and Crocheted Gifts. She has been published in a number of magazines, including Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today! Robyn has been a guest on Knit and Crochet Today and on Knitting Daily TV. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781596682986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682986
  • ASIN: 1596682981
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a pretty book to peruse. There are 3 sections. The first is for 1-2 balls of yarn, then 3-4, and then 4-5. The photos are first rate along with diagrams to the project showing the stitches and schematics when needed (such as for a larger piece like cardigans). The patterns are clear and easy to read. The yarns used are of higher quality, but you could easily substitute as the complete info of weight AND yardage is in the pattern. I especially liked all the tips throughout in sidebars on crocheting economically (how to acquire a stash, storing it, using it).

As for the projects themselves, there are 6 that are scarves or wraps along with 5 baby/child patterns, one lone household article (place mats), and the rest are women's clothing items (and one bracelet). Of these, I like the Spa Shawl Top in the longer style, the Linked Jacket, and the Giselle Vest. There is a cute purse and a neat felted basket (I really like the design of basket weaving that takes on a whole new dimension when felted). The kid's clothes are for girls with a little dress, a cardigan, and a sweater. This is a lovely book and there are some real gems mixed in with not so great ones (the shrug comes to mind) or just not useful for me (kid's clothes). I gave it 4 stars, but for someone else with different needs, this book could easily be considered 5 star. :-)
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This is a pretty good book for the price. I love how the sections are broken down by how much yarn you will need for each project. I have to say however, that I did not find many patterns in here that I love. Out of the patterns I have done so far the fan favorite seems to be the Spa Shawl Top. I have made both versions and my favorite,as well as others I have shown the tops to, is the tunic length. It was very big hit and I have people asking for me to make them a tunic as well. The instructions in this book are well written and it was nice to have the addition of the crochet charts as well. The pictures of what the finished product should like were very good. I like how they shot different angles/close-ups of the designs.
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I am familiar with the author - she's great. I was not aware that so many of the patterns were so advanced and very intricate.
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I'm sure just about everyone will find something they will like in this book. My one main complaint is that generally the book uses more expensive yarns, we all can't afford alpaca or silk, substitutions would have been nice for those with a budget. More complicated projects had nice easy to read diagrams.
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This is one of the few books that will remain on my shelf for years to come. Most of the time, I make what I like, then I get rid of the book. Not with this one! I have chosen over half of the projects as ones that I want to make for myself and I already made a scarf for my mother in law. She has gotten compliments from her hairdressers and others who like pretty things (MIL is extremely picky, too, and she loves wearing it). The instructions were crystal clear and the chart was great. The only complaint that I have is that the scarf (Emma Lace Scarf) took about twice the yarn that it called for. Looking at the pattern and the length+width of the scarf gave me a clue that the yardage requirement was off, so I made sure to use a yarn that I already had plenty of but a beginner probably wouldn't catch it until it was too late. That was a small issue, though, and I can't wait to get started on another project from the book. One other great thing about the book is that, although there are a few baby and children's items, the book isn't filled with them. That has been a problem with many of the craft books that call for a small amount of materials. We all know that we can easily knit a baby sweater with 3 balls of yarn, crochet an infant bonnet with one ball, and make a dress for a five year old with one yard of fabric. I want help stretching my premium yarn to make things that are not so obvious. This book does that nicely.
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Great designs! I love Robyn Chachula and the fact that the patterns are charted.
I would recommend that you check Ravelry with ANY pattern in ANY book before you buy yarn and start working. For example, the Emma scarf (one big reason I bought the book) uses at least twice as much yarn as the pattern states.
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By Eve3Faces on January 13, 2013
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I'm reviewing this for a friend. She doesn't do online shopping, so I bought it for her (she gave it as a gift to her daughter). It has some lovely styles and lots of pictures. She really liked it.
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It was good. It had a couple of outstanding patterns and the rest were so-so. I did enjoy it and it gave me inspiration for other things so it was diff worth it. I will be looking at more of Robyn's books.
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