Afghans are so wonderful to crochet. Their size gives you a chance to enjoy a lot of meditative repetitious crochet even with fairly complicated designs. They represent a true commitment to a project, an investment in a large amount of yarn, a choice to create something that will take up a little bulk. While you work, the project grows and covers you and wraps you in the fuzzy love of the craft. I don’t make afghans too often myself but I do love making them and usually when I do make them their special gifts to warm someone I love after they’ve warmed me in the process of construction. So I was excited to take a look at Afghan Lover’s Collection, um 2011 crochet book by Leisure Arts featuring three dozen crochet blanket patterns.
Que este livro é para Crochet
Clearly this crochet book is designed for someone who wants to crochet a blanket. This book has crochet stitch instructions but only for the more unusual stitches (like post stitches) not for the basic stitches. That means this book isn’t for someone who is brand new to crochet because it’s not going to teach you how to crochet. But there are some fairly simple projects in the book so it could work for the advanced beginner who has learned to crochet and is ready to tackle a big crochet project.
I’d say that the style of most of the afghans in this book is classic rather than cutting edge. Most of the projects are only one or two colors (with some exceptions). Portanto, este livro é ideal para quem procura padrões para desenhos clássicos em uma ou duas cores, onde a textura dos pontos é o que faz com que cada projeto único e belo.
Formato de Crochet Livro
Este livro pula direto para os padrões de crochê que é o que você está lá para, se você quiser o livro. Eu tenho que admitir que eu sempre olhar para uma longa introdução que me conta uma história e me vagabundos para fora um pouco quando os livros não têm isso, mas não há nada de errado com a pequena introdução básica que este livro tem.
Cada padrão inclui:
- Uma grande foto de produto acabado
- Nome curto e doce
- Uma caixa de texto simples com a informação que você precisa para criar o projeto. Isto inclui todas as matérias, fios e noções. A informação é de fios de peso, metros, and color but doesn’t say specifically which yarn was used for the sample in the photo; this information is available, porém, in a list at the end of the book. It also has a 1-4 level for the pattern difficulty and the finished size measurements of the blanket.
- Gauge swatch information.
- Row-by-row instructions.
- Notes to help you out. This part is a stand-out feature. The notes are in a different font color and are placed appropriately within the text of the pattern where you need it. Por exemplo, the Sunny Tweed crochet pattern tells us at the start to work the afghan using two strands of yarn held together. Later it tells us that when we drop the yarn we want to drop it to the wrong side.
- Assembly charts for more complicated crochet patterns
- Name of designer
Favorite Crochet Patterns
A couple of my favorite crochet patterns from this book are:
One of the things that is a little odd about the way this book is written is that the patterns don’t flow continuously from one page to the next. So Pattern #1 starts on page 4 and the photo for it is on page 5. But then on Page 6 is the start of Pattern #2 and we don’t get the rest of Pattern #1′s instructions until page 8 which is also where we get the rest of Pattern #2′s instructions. It’s not that it’s confusing or anything – the pattern instructions are really clear about where to find the rest of the instructions. It’s just a little odd.
What Would Make this Book Better
The things I like most about this crochet book are the large print font (so easy to read!), the fact that the notes are easily identifiable by a second color font, the clear photos, the large number of designs, the fact that many designs are single-color (I hate changing colors, pessoalmente, even though I love how it looks) and the terrific addition of the afghan journal at the back as described above.
The one thing that would make this book better for me personally would be a stronger introduction not only to the book but also to each blanket. Por exemplo, as an experienced crocheter I know that the Sunny Tweed worked in part by holding two yarn strands together and worked with a K hook should work up rather quickly but I’d like an intro that tells me things like that.
I’d also love it if this book had a page at the beginning or end showing thumbnail photos of all of the blankets in the book. Isso é algo que você vê nas revistas mais do que nos livros de crochê, mas eu já vi isso em livros antes e eu acho que é uma mais-valia.
Outros Lazer Artes Crochet afegãos Publicações:
Afegãos for All Seasons, 2009, 52 padrões de cobertor
Quem você malha um cobertor no passado? Quem você gostaria de fazer uma para no futuro?