Today’s crochet book review is of Bobbie Matela’s 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans & Throws. There are some amazing blankets in this book!

Who this crochet book is for

This crochet book is filled with patterns for blankets of all kinds. Therefore it is a great book for any crocheter who is interested in making blankets! One note is that it includes text instructions and some photos but most designs don’t offer a stitch diagram. This doesn’t bother me because I never use them anyway but I know it’s something that other crocheters may look for so I wanted to mention it.

Crochet book format

The book has a simple introduction that tells you about the format of the book. The book is divided into four sections:

  1. Classics Updated. For example, you’ll find modern takes on the traditional granny square blanket.
  2. I’ll Take Romance. Here are patterns for soft and pretty afghans and throws.
  3. Big Hook, Big Style. These work up quickly because they use larger hooks.
  4. Cuddle-up Cuties. If you want to find patterns for baby blankets then this is the section that you want.

Within each section are 8 – 21 patterns relevant to the theme. Each pattern includes:

  • A photo of the finished afghan
  • The skill level for the project
  • Finished size measurements
  • Materials required
  • Gauge information
  • Row by row crochet instructions for each square / motif
  • Assembly instructions
  • Border / Edging instructions

At the end of the book you can find “general information” which includes tips, how to end fringe, a basic stitch guide and a list of the designers in the book. There is no traditional index in this book.

Favorite patterns from this crochet book

Spanish Tiles by Tammy Hildebrand


New Waves Wrap-ghan by Darla Sims


This version of Peggy Longshore’s Rippling Ridges was posted on Ravelry by Gina M. The one in the book is a blue color.

Have you made any of the afghans in this book?


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