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Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs [Spiral-bound]

Edie Eckman
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Book Description

6 Oct 2008
Learn to crochet, make a granny square. It's a simple formula that has held true for decades. Crocheters love granny squares because the technique is simple to learn but the possibilities are endless. Vary the colours. Use the same colours but change their placement. Add unique images. Make the same square over and over but in different sizes. There is much to love about the classic square crochet motif.But if it's hip to make squares, imagine the coolness quotient of circles, stars, triangles, and hexagons. "Beyond-The-Square Crochet Motifs" introduces crocheters to more than 150 designs of every size and shape. Full-colour photographs capture the intricate details and colour work in each motif, and the stitching instructions offer the flexibility of being presented in both text and symbol formats.Each motif can be quickly crocheted and then used as a small embellishment on a larger item or combined with other motifs to create original pieces, from baby blankets to tote bags. Edie Eckman inspires readers to see the world of possibility in each motif. Master the technique, then let the imagination run wild. Motifs give crocheters the freedom to play with shape, colour, and texture in patterns that are small and quickly completed. Motifs - each one a tiny work of art - are at once addictive and rewarding. With its unexpected range of shapes, designs, and colour ideas, "Beyond-The-Square Crochet Motifs" will keep enthusiasts happy for a very long time!

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC; Spi edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420396
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 9 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once you pick up a copy of Edie Eckman s Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs you may never what to put your crochet book down again, at least not until you ve created one of the 144 fun-to-make colorful squares, rectangles, circles, hexagons and stars featured in the spiral-bound book. Detroit News "

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148 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 11 Dec 2008
I am a beginner and am finding this book really great and the instructions are easy to follow- am also a visual learner and maybe thats why I loved it. I hardly read the "written" instruction. I read th ediagrams and they are very helpful.

The book starts with the basics (yarn, sizing, reading chats and joining motifs..)and with some tips and tricks as how to solve/avoid common problems (cupped/ruffled circles, edgings ... ). Then it moves on to motifs. I liked the half-circle and the unusual shapes- It gave me an idea on how to make parts of a motif and that can become handy when you want to make large projects like a sweater (to join in parts, that is).

I also liked it for one important reason- I could actually make those shapes. Some of the other books I tried were all too fancy and the projects were a bit intimidating for a beginner--actually I dont feel like a beginner anymore now that I've made three projects- one more practical thing, I liked the book layout. its spiral bound which makes it easy to work and in the same time keep an eye on the diagram/instructions.

And the colors! I loved the color combinations in this book! and they were many ideas as well- I loved crocheting pockets for my jeans- it was fun.

Have fun!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great new crochet skills 22 Jun 2009
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This is such a useful book, you need to be able to do basic crochet though, as it doesn't describe how to do the simple stuff. But the patterns amd motifs are fantastic, best I have ever seen. The colours are lovely and appealing; the diagrams are schematic and if you are used to that way of working, it can speed it up, but the written explanations are excellent too. Recommend to anyone who wants to go beyond the square !
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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Separated by a common language 30 Aug 2009
This book demonstrates the truth of the saying that the people of the UK and US are separated by a common language. Having taught myself to crochet by working through every one of Jan Eaton's 200 crochet squares, I thought I would have a go at something that wasn't square, so I got this book. Immediately confusing was the fact that, in American, the stitches are not only differently named but are sort of 'moved down one' from English stitches. E.g., what, in English, is a double crochet is single crochet in American. English treble is American double, and so on. Also, I found this author's writing rather incomprehensible at times. I found myself reading and rereading sentences again and again trying to extract the meaning. The accompanying photos were't particularly helpful.
Having said that, the book does contain some very clever and useful tips for making your crochet look better and neater. For example, how to make the joins in rounds less conspicuous. And the motifs themself are very pretty. So far, though, I have only made a few because I find it so tiring trying to figure out what the author is saying.
If you are American, this book will probably delight you. If you are English, you may learn a lot if you can bother to persevere with it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good book but 29 Oct 2009
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Firstly it uses American terms, so beware
Secondly, the shapes aren't a consistent size so fitting several designs together can be a problem which means it's not for total beginners who feel they can't work without a pattern as you'll need to enlarge some to fit.

Apart from that, this book and Jan Eaton's 200 blocks book taught me to crochet, so buy both and you're away.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, Practical and Inspiring 12 Aug 2009
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This is the first non-fiction book I have ever bought on the strength of reviews alone and they were absolutely right. I am not an absolute beginner at crochet but similar books have had projects that are far too demanding for me and I suspect other people at a similar level. This one is perfect: clear, well illustrated instructions, the spiral binding makes reading and crocheting together easy and, most important of all, the designs really work and anyone with basic knowledge could do them. UK readers should note that it uses American crochet terms. Thoroughly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars crochet inspiration 14 Mar 2010
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a lovely ideas book, if you are English beware that this is an American book and the terms are different, but it is easy to translate so don't let this put you off buying this book
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book, even for beginners 14 Feb 2010
I am a relative beginner to Crochet and after working out that the stitches were written in the USA format, I found it really easy to follow. There is a description in the back of the book with the basic crochet stitches, so even those confused by the american terminology can easily work it out. Also for each motif, there is a chart which as a novice, I found really helpful to follow the location of the stiches. I love the book and have found it inspirational to explore the extensive patterns and motifs and start creating my own. I am confident it will keep me busy and be useful for years to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars motife review 21 July 2009
An interesting array of patterns both written and in diagram form suitable for all crochet workers. A beautifully illustrated book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for crotchet fans
Liked how they laid out the patterns - written instructions, drawn pattern, and the finished item on the same page (I cant read written instructions to save my life - I prefer the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Gail Culverwell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice for crocheting
colours of squares good
Patterns easily read
good value for money
good assortment of patterns
good guide on who to learn
good guide for stiches
easily... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Adeline Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a bonnie book
I had already see someone else with this book and loved the pictures .
Did not realise that so many patterns could be achieved doing crochet. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lena
5.0 out of 5 stars must have book
This is a great book, full of very simple instructions and great colourful pictures. I can crochet a bit but this book has inspired me to go further.
Published 1 month ago by M E Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had got it ages ago
I love this book. Ok so the terminology follows American crochet but, these are fully explained and it doesn't take too long to become comfortable and competent with the shift... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C4cats
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond the square
This book is fantastic .It takes the reader from absolute beginner to expert, able to make many items easily, for the home or to wear
Published 2 months ago by M Garnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Crochet
This is a gret book with lots of ideas of how to put squares and other shapes together. I have tried some of the samples and it is easy to follow even if you are not a natural... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roxy
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the square
An interesting books with lots of suggestions for novel ways of using different yarns to produce colourful and different projects
Published 3 months ago by JoJo
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not th books fault I just couldn't get into crocheting give me my knitting any day. A a a a
Published 4 months ago by Ella Bella
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for different shapes to the normal sqaures and circles
Easy to follow instructions and great variety of choice. Most probably not for a beginner but not too advanced either.
Published 5 months ago by AmandaC
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