Monday, July 6, 2009

201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas

201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas by Melody Grifiths

ISBN: 1 904991 64 5/978 1 904991 64 9
Pages: 144
Language: English
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Content: Introduction – motifs: flowers, lace, alphabet, shapes, pictures, geometric – the projects – the techniques – index – credits

Despite the rather tacky cover picture and longish title, 201 crochet motifs, blocks project and ideas is a book worth having and can be used by readers on different level of experience. However, it has to be said that not all projects provided by the author will be equally easily accessible for beginning crafters. Read on for more details.

The book is divided into 3 main sections: the motifs, the projects and the techniques. I will describe each section separately because they differ greatly.

The motifs

The author provides a wide selection of creative motifs from simplest granny squares to the most intricate Celtic knot and floral shapes. Thanks to this wide range both experienced profi-crocheters and new converts will be able to profit from the book equally.Craft-sellers and young mothers will also find a special treat in the form of crocheted alphabet patterns.

To the advantages of the book one also has to add the fact that the patters are well described and most of them have graphic representations.

The projects

In this section, once again the author has to be admired for her eclectic selection of project. 201 crochet motifs contains around 35 projects ranging from a sweater to Christmas decorations and crocheted pictures. And apart from the projects, the book provides readers with ideas and inspirations only briefly mentioned at the bottom of the page, for the reader to discover and develop – fun, fun, fun!

Unfortunately, what the book delivers in quantity it lacks in quality. The projects are not exceptionally well described and the author uses plenty of mental shortcuts left for the crafter to deal with. And while this is not necessarily a problem for an experienced reader, it might leave beginners dumfounded.

A case in point is the lovely squared circle skinny scarf (p. 120), which contain instruction such as "join motifs in a strip with double crochet and 2-chain zigzag." This joining technique is only shortly mentioned at the end of the book but again does not provide any detailed description.

The techniques

The last section of the book is very short and contains basic information on reading the charts and making the typical stitches.

By and large, 201 crochet motifs, is a valuable addition to any craft library but will profit the experienced users more.

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