Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596682993
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 161,334
  • 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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Table of Contents


Introduction
Expert Advice for Beginners
First Timers Do Tell

Cables
Tuxedo Pillow and Cable Tips
Eloise Baby Afghan By Marty Miller
Artesia Zig Zag Afghan By Drew Emborsky
Croises Cable Afghan By Annie Modesitt
Vika Afghan By Jill Wright
Veledilo Cable Afghan By Simona Merchant-Dest

Granny Motifs
Hatsukoi Pillow and Granny Motif Tips
Dots and Poppies Baby Blanket By Linda Permann
Peacock Afghan By Ellen Gormley
Mod Retro Afghan By Edie Eckman
Cabine de Dentelle Afghan By Annette Petavy
Kaleidoscope Afghan By Tammy Hildebrand

Color
Elan Waves Pillow and Color Tips
Peerie Baby Blanket By Kathryn Merrick
Behrens Color Block Afghan By Leigh Radford
Desert Sunrise Afghan By Carol Ventura
Moroccan Circles By Kimberly McAlindin
Bethlehem Star Afghan By Mary Beth Temple

Lace
Vigne Pillow and Lace Tips
Amada Baby Blanket By Tracie Barrett
Sunken Treasure Afghan By Kristin Omdahl
Damask Lace Afghan By Marlaina Bird
Exploded Pineapple Afghan By Doris Chan

Tunisian
Nauha Pillow and Tunisian Tips
Smocked Elegance Baby Afghan By Darla Fanton
Mission Cabled Afghan By Diane Halpern
Aryanah Sampler Afghan By Dora Ohrenstein
Van Gogh Waves Afghan By Kim Guzman
Starburst Entrelac Afghan By Megan Granholm

bios
glossary
resources
index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Beautifully done!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Unexpected Afghans has some interesting projects

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Expectations exceeded.

    Unnecessary to ever purchase another afghan crochet book. This book exceeds all expectations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    It was a bit disappointing for me as the patterns were uninspire

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I am always looking for new crochet ideas and this book has a lot of patterns that are very interesting.

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