Thursday, April 2, 2009

200 Ripple Stitch Patterns

200 Ripple Stitch Patterns: Exciting patterns to Knit and Crochet for Afghans, Blankets and Throws: Textured Blocks to Knit and Crochet for Afghans, Blankets and Throws - by Jan Eaton.

Contents: Introduction - How to use this book - Colour - Texture - Yarn weight - Stitch collection - Projects - Knitting techniques - Crochet techniques - Yarn directory - Index

ISBN: 184543112X / 978-1845431129
Pages: 128
Language: English
Flickr search: jan eaton + ripple
Buy it: amazon.co.uk - amazon.com - bookdepository

First of all, it should be noted that there are not 200 patterns in the book, "only" 100. The 200 in the title is the 100 patterns + a colour variation for each pattern. Of course, using different yarns or colours can definitely make a great difference in the look and feel of the final outcome. (but that still doesn't make it 200)

Secondly, seeing as we focus on crochet, it should also be pointed out that half of the patterns are for knitting. So if you only crochet, you will only get half the options. But if you "swing" both ways, you can get the maximum use out of this book!

There is a range of difficulty levels: Easy, Intermediate and Difficult. There is a nice introduction to yarn weight, tension and comparing swatches. This will of course mostly be relevant to someone fairly new to working with yarn. But useful just the same.

The "crochet techniques" in the back of the book includes "making a slip knot", "turning chains" and "working into the front and back of stitches". Basic things, so you could use the book to teach you to crochet.

Other than the stitch patterns themselves, there are also a handful of actual projects to make, for example a wrap, a scarf and the stash afghan in the picture above. For each of these projects there is one pattern outlined, but also suggested alternatives.

Each page has a large picture of a swatch of the pattern, the pattern itself (including special abbreviations), a smaller picture of the variation on the pattern with suggested yarn sequence. In the top corner there are 2 symbols telling you that it is a crochet pattern (hook, or needles for knitting), 1-3 balls of yarn to tell you the difficulty. Which is quite helpful for a quick at-a-glance information.

If you want to recreate some of the patterns exactly there is a complete yarn directory at the back of the book, which is a nice touch.

The book essentially does what it says on the tin; except that there's only half the amount of patterns. If you make a lot of afghans/blankets and are looking for new patterns, this book would be very useful. But if you just want to make the odd ripple blanket, perhaps take this book home from the library first. Then, get hooked on ripples and buy the book for your personal library!

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