Comfort Knitting and Crochet - Afghans: More Than 50 Beautiful, Affordable Designs Featuring Berroco's Comfort Yarn

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For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.
 
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Overview

For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.
 
Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans features 50 patterns for these cozy blankets, made with Berroco Comfort yarn—an affordable, ultra-soft acrylic/nylon blend—and designed by the Berroco team, headed by Norah Gaughan. The book includes something for everyone: The designs range from ultra-modern to traditional, from spare to embellished, and are inspired by sources as varied as Scottish tweeds, Japanese Ikat, and Delft pottery. Intended for knitters and crocheters of every skill level, this collection brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584798262
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Berroco began as Stanley Woolen Mills in 1810 and has gradually evolved into one of the largest importers and wholesalers of yarns, patterns, and supplies to independent yarn shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Norah Gaughan, author of STC’s Knitting Nature, joined Berroco as design director after freelancing for most of the major yarn companies and knitting magazines in the industry.
Margery Winter was creative director at Berroco for 12 years, and has been editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting and Family Circle Knitting, as well as the fashion editor of McCall's Needlework and Crafts.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Good (modern) afghan pattern collection

    I don't usually buy pattern books by yarn companies, but you can't go wrong with Berroco. I mean, Norah Gaughan and the other designers there do awesome stuff. (If you're a knitter, you must sign up for their pattern newsletter. Free patterns, people.) For the most part, the afghans in this book are impressive, and some wouldn't be that hard to do--and since all the patterns are done with the same (cheap, quick-to-knit) yarn, you could buy a ton of fiber and go crazy. I will say there were a few patterns that stretched the limits of the term "afghan" in my mind, especially one that looked like a crocheted poncho from the sixties. And, as seems to be the rule nowadays in blanket and afghan design, the measurements of these fiber creations aren't that big. I'm planning to double or triple some of the measurements just to have something that stands a chance of covering my entire body when I curl up on the couch. In Michigan, a blanket that can't keep you snuggly isn't worth making, even if it does look pretty. For some of the patterns, my warmth needs will mean brushing up on advanced geometry and algebra, as some of the colorwork/stitch patterns might be challenging to increase.

    In addition to knitted afghans (YAY!) there are crocheted afghans (blarg). (Disclaimer: I'm not fond of crochet as a rule--bad experiences with overwrought blankies from Grandma when I was little. Shudder.) But there was a crocheted one I might be reengineering into knit ...

    Overall, a useful and handy book for those who want impressive results on a budget.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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