Saturday, May 4, 2013

A book review: Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs

In episode 35, we reviewed the wonderful book Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman, published by Storey Publishing. Please go give it a listen! (audio file link)

Two years ago, Sharlene took a crochet class from Edie at the January TNNA show in Long Beach. (I mistakenly say June in the podcast review.) Edie was a patient, knowledgeable, and fun teacher. I recommend taking a class from her if you ever get the chance. Bring your crochet questions!

We both think this book will be great for all crochet skill levels. There is enough information here to get you started if you have never crocheted before, but also enough to keep you interested as you learn, or are coming to the book to learn motifs but already have basic crochet knowledge.

On first glance, the feature you notice about this book is the spiral binding and the quality of the cover. The spiral binding enables the book to lie flat while you are working from the pages.

The "Get started" section includes charts, how to read charts, weaving in ends, how to arrange the shapes, choosing colors and yarns, and how to work with variegated yarns.

"Get it together" discusses joining motifs as you finish, joining as you go, continuous motifs, edges and finishing.

The third section contains 101 patterns for different motifs. The photography is excellent. Each motif includes written out instructions, the motif charted out, and a photograph in the same orientation as the chart. If you know how to follow either written crochet instructions or graphed/charted crochet instructions but want to learn the other way of reading patterns, this book is optimal for following both written and charted instructions so you can compare one instruction to the other and learn as you go.

The inside back cover has a stitch key showing each chart symbol used in the book and what they mean. If you have ever looked at Japanese or other international crochet patterns that only include charted instructions, this is a great way to teach yourself to read these charts.

There is a photographic index of each motif located in the back of the book. You can mix and match motifs for projects easily seeing all the available choices at once.

Eleven patterns are included in the book for a place mat, shawl, afghans, a pillow, garland, pin cushion, vest, skirt, and a lampshade.

The Yarniacs give this publication two hooks up!

Amazon link here

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