Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques

Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques

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by Robyn Chachula
     
 

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Unexpected Afghans presents 29 innovative interpretations of a favorite at-home essential. From best-selling author Robyn Chachula comes an in-depth look into crocheting traditional afghans using contemporary techniques, colors and patterns.

Expert designers including Kristin Omdahl, Kathy Merrick, Kimberly McAlindin, and many more, provide an abundance of

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Unexpected Afghans presents 29 innovative interpretations of a favorite at-home essential. From best-selling author Robyn Chachula comes an in-depth look into crocheting traditional afghans using contemporary techniques, colors and patterns.

Expert designers including Kristin Omdahl, Kathy Merrick, Kimberly McAlindin, and many more, provide an abundance of fresh patterns and projects that are perfect for new and advanced crocheters as they start out beginner-friendly and become more complex, allowing a crocheter to build skills and confidence. Designers at any level will enjoy:

  • A detailed technique's workshop in every chapter including cables, motifs, color, lace, and Tunisian crochet.
  • Helpful tips from designers for working through each afghan project.
  • Easy-to-follow charts and diagrams.
Along with tons of beautiful afghan projects for all skill levels, you'll find many of your favorite designer's biographies--giving you an exploration into their inspiration.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Afghans are among the most popular crochet projects, but afghan designs often seem stuck in the 1970s. Chachula (Blueprint Crochet) presents a series of afghan and afghan-inspired crochet patterns featuring modern designs and color palettes. Several of the designs are more streamlined than the openwork most people associate with crocheted afghans, although there are some lovely, lacy patterns as well. And yes—there's even a granny-square design, dubbed "Mod Retro" and crocheted in a bright 1970s color scheme. Both written and charted patterns are included. VERDICT With almost 30 different projects encompassing a variety of styles and techniques, this is an excellent value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596682993
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
153,953
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Chachula is the author of Blueprint Crochet (Interweave), Baby Blueprint Crochet (Interweave), and Mission Falls Goes Crochet. She has been published in a number of magazines, including Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today! She has appeared on Knit and Crochet Today and as a guest on Knitting Daily TV. Robyn's patterns have appeared in books, including Interweave Presents Crochet Gifts, Sensual Crochet, Not Your Mamma's Crochet, Catwalk Crochet, Vogue on the Go: Crocheted Shawls, Crochet Me, and Stitch & Bitch: Men. She has also designed for yarn companies, including JCA Crafts, SWTC, Mission Falls, and Artful Yarns.

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Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received my copy yesterday. The photos are wonderful. The patterns seem well written. Variety of techniques are covered. I am looking forward to starting one of the projects today... just need to figure out which one... they are all so beautiful.
Mag61 More than 1 year ago
I am always looking for new crochet ideas and this book has a lot of patterns that are very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am looking forward to trying some of the afghans and techniques (especially those which are new to me) It is enjoyable to read the story behind each afghan and the creator's views about crocheting them. Many beautiful colors and designs - explanations of techniques look to be detailed - can't wait to have time to try one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unnecessary to ever purchase another afghan crochet book. This book exceeds all expectations.
TextileWiz1 More than 1 year ago
It was a bit disappointing for me as the patterns were uninspired, not creative at all. I taught crochet for many years (beginners to Master level), and I can honestly say that most of the afghans patterns I designed were by far more creative and beautiful (I have the blue ribbons to prove it). I don't think I feel this way because I'm 'jaded' from of my level of expertise, I don't know what else to say other than to pass this one by. Unless you see it at a yardsale for cheap...  I will look for some other book to replace this. Goodluck!