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200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix-and-Match [Paperback]

Jan Eaton
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28 Jan 2005
Choose from 200 beautiful block designs and learn different ways of joining them to make blankets and throws that are both functional and decorative. From Art Deco geometric patterns to traditional chequer-board stripes and elaborate motifs, discover new ways to combine colour, pattern and texture. Crochet is one of the oldest and most fascinating ways of creating a fabric out of yarn. Find out how to create wonderful and unique afghans, wall hangings and accessories in a kaleidoscope of colourful contemporary and traditional designs. All stitches and techniques are clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations, from working in rows and in the round to joining blocks and making figures. At-a-glance symbols denote the methods used and level of difficulty, so both new and experienced crafters can easily create a crochet masterpiece.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (28 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715321412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715321416
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines.

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About the Author

Jan Eaton is a needlecraft and textile designer. She has published many needlecraft books, including Country Crochet and Knitted Lace and Crochet Basics.

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than most beginers' books about crochet 29 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book contains a series of sample designs to create 6" crocheted squares. A square is large enough to practice different stitches, techniques, colour combinations, and designs patterns. They can then be mixed and matched and sewn together to form blankets.

This book is better than two beginners' crochet books that I bought. It could be marketed as a beginners' book if a few more instructions were added such as how to increase stitches, add zips and creating button holes so that patterns could be adapted to make waistcoats or pillow cases.

This book is well conceived and clearly displayed. I have always wanted to crochet a few blankets and a few smaller ones for my pets, this book will ensure that I won't get bored for some time to come. Some of the designs are stunning.

My only real criticism is that when explaining a new stitch there needs to be a picture for EVERY step and EVERY movement of the hook or yarn. If there were more pictures I wouldn't have to scratch my head so much. For me a picture is worth a thousand words so I also find pictorial crochet diagrams easier to understand than text as it is easy for me to miss out a crucial step when reading text.

This is a brilliant book that I know I will be using for years to come. However, I might just have to ask someone more experienced whether I am getting a stitch right, otherwise I might accidentally invent my own stitches.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of afghan squares 6 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
If you like making afghans and want to expand your library of squares, this book is excellent. The only thing I took exception to was that just changing colours deemed the square a new one and it was counted in the 200 even though the design was exactly the same. Excellent book even with that and one I will keep in my crochet library forever.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but its 125 patterns, 200 examples. 30 Jun 2006
By Liz
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It has some wonderful ideas for blocks, mostly done by making coloured shapes with in it. However, disapointingly, there are not 200 unique patterns.

The first 100 are unique, after 100, they come in waves of 4, so theres only 25 different squares. However, it does show how to combine them to make interesting patterns using the same squares.

Im still glad I bought it though
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS BOOK 29 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely clear book. I have been crocheting granny squares for the last 30 odd years (since I was VERY young) I have never been shown bobbles, clusters, puffs and popcorns but found the instructions easy to follow. I am now once again hooked on crochet having always preferred knitting. I love this book and cant put it down, ever spare moment is now spent chrocheting, even the children have to go to bed early so I can crochet in peace!!!! If you know the basics of crochet then I think this is a book you cant be without, its an inspiration
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Go for it" crochet 5 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely fantastic! With clear, clean photographs; easy to follow details; inspirational colours, this book is just full of life. By simply giving you the instructions for 200 squares and several different colour ways, the choice is yours to create your individual patterens. If you have ever thought that crochet was boring then you have been reading the wrong book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book of Inspiration 25 Feb 2007
By SLW
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on impulse. I was looking for a book of knitting technique! I used to make what I now know to be Granny squares with my Mum when I was a teenager. They were eventually sewn together to form a blanket of many colours, not necessarily complimentary!!

I had forgotten all about crochet until I saw this book. The colours used in the examples and the many different patterns had instant appeal. Since the book arrived I've done nothing else in my spare time. I'm hooked ;')

I think the beginner patterns are very easy, I'm onto the next level now and have just had success making my first bobble square. My only problem is the tension. As yet I've not got the correct size although I've tried 2 different hook sizes. I think I will have to order a different brand of hook and try those because I know different brands make a difference.

If you like the picture on the cover, buy the book. You'll enjoy it. It's fun.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 20 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I think this is a great book. Some innovative and creative blocks and modern suggestions re using colour. I hadn't crocheted for a long time and once I got back into the swing of it, I found this book was a great springboard for developing my own ideas. I like the symbols by each block. I particulary liked the coding that shows you which colour wool to use.

I am using a loan copy at the moment(just ordered one for keeps) and it uses British terminology.

I think i will get a lot of use from this little book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars created an obsessive 19 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
This book basically taught me how to crochet, and the different designs are great for practising stitches (clusters, popcorns, bobbles etc). Only problem I had was that it mentioned crochting 'on the wrong side' when making bobbles, and there was no explanations for this.

The colours are beautiful though, and I think struggling a little helps you learn - it certainly gave me a real sense of achievement. I am now a crochet obsessive, and have even taken to making flowers in my lunch hour at work...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Sizing issues
Although this book is well laid out and gives good, clear, basic, instructions it does not live up to expectations. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes one from Granny Squares to heirloom crochet
Stuck on granny Squares? Not any more! This book has extensive crochet instruction, and page after page of instructions on how to crochet decorative squares that will make items... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Elizabeth S. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Crotchet blocks
The book arrived early and was well packed. As I am learning to crotchet the book is here for inspiration . Their are a lot off projects I plan on doing.
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. G. Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars 200 crochet blocks
Excellent book did not realise there were so many ways to make a square, throughly enjoying it and easily explained .instructions thankyou
Published 1 month ago by polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I hope to one day be able to move on from original granny squares.
I am finding it an enjoyable book to read through at the moment.
Wonderful designs.
Published 1 month ago by GLENYS SOWERBY
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I have already done several of the blocks to make a Christmas cushion cover and have bought more wool to do another floral cushion cover. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of information
So many patterns to choose from and clear instructions. From basic simple squares to complicated ones. Easy to construct your own designs using this book.
Published 1 month ago by Anne Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars Hundreds beautiful patterns
The book is very good for people liking crocheting. Beautiful patterns of squares, but I would prefer more charts besides descriptions.
Published 1 month ago by Anna Mollerstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars Crochet
Bought this as I want to learn how to crochet ..well illustrated and colourful must admit not used yet as I'm a knitter but this would be a bit of a challenge if your starting to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hartley2345
4.0 out of 5 stars excellant
Thuis is a great book if you want to start to learn how to crochet there are some beautiful squares to make and the matching with other squares is excellant.
Published 2 months ago by patricia ann pitcher
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