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Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs [Spiral-bound]

Edie Eckman
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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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  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC; Spi edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420396
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,246 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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151 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 11 Dec 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
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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37 of 37 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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good book but 29 Oct 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
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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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Separated by a common language 30 Aug 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
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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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
By Lynn
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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
Format:Spiral-bound
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars motife review 21 July 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
An interesting array of patterns both written and in diagram form suitable for all crochet workers. A beautifully illustrated book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but see my review re language
What a great book!! Love it. Patterns are in word and diagram form. However, BEWARE: written patterns use the American names for stitches, ie a "DC" stitch is called... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gweb
5.0 out of 5 stars Service great as usual
Bought as a gift but had a sneaky peak myself. Service great as usual.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs G Teet
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. Perhaps not for the very
A must for all crochet mad people. I love it. Perhaps not for the very, very experienced but for people like it is great.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hard to understand
Published 1 month ago by Sheila Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars 144 lovely crochet shapes
Wow so many patterns great value a nice look at book even if you never use all of the patterns
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Maureen Vamplew
5.0 out of 5 stars lovelly variety
So much choice! Could spend hours creating with this fab book. Very helpful for novice or experienced crochetets. So colourful too.
Published 2 months ago by mrs. Deborah Chute
5.0 out of 5 stars As I'm pretty new to crochet I liked the way the instructions ...
As I'm pretty new to crochet I liked the way the instructions were set out in graph form and written. This made it easier for me to follow the patterns.
Published 2 months ago by S Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars crochet square book
arrived within a few days & was well packaged, easy to understand instructions, & a multitude of different patterns, would highly recommend
Published 2 months ago by em_gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I was delighted with this book. I like the ring binding so that it stays open on my page.
The instructions are easy to follow and I would recommend this book to all crochet... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Barbara L Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job...
Yes! Just the job for motifs that are fun and a bit different. I downloaded this after spotting it on a blog, as I'd not heard of it before. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SusieW
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