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Crocheted Granny Squares (Twenty to Make) [Paperback]

Val Pierce
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Book Description

30 Oct 2012 Twenty to Make
With endless colour and size variations, creating these hip squares is fun and easy. They can be used like building blocks and combined with other squares to make original projects and gifts, or used to embellish larger items. This book will show how to create 20 different squares, including flower patterns, interpreted in different colours and yarns to create a kaleidoscope of effects. Also included are projects that show the reader how to make their squares into a simple baby blanket, arm warmers, a purse, a pin cushion, a mug cosy and a stylish pair of boot toppers. DMC yarns as well as fancy yarns are used, all of which are readily available, and both US and UK crochet abbreviations are used throughout.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (30 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488193
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Val Pierce's passion for knitting began when her father taught her to knit at the age of five. Later in life she began home knitting for yarn manufacturers, and since then she has made a huge range of items, from evening dresses to teddy bears. She later began designing items of her own, and before long Val's designs were appearing regularly in national knitting and crochet magazines. She also teaches knitting, as well as a range of other needlecrafts, to both adults and children. Val lives and works in Shropshire. www.crossedneedles.co.uk

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Val Pierce has done it again. With 20 granny squares of flower patterns, hexagons, circles and triangles you can make eight different crochet projects. Using the Tudor Rose design, crochet up a pair of arm warmers (fingerless gloves) made of four squares. Daisy Loop design forms a warm and pretty scarf. There are patterns for home decor and more. A great stashbuster.-www.examiner.com The venerable granny square is updated, refreshed and explored in this exuberant collection. As in the other 20 to Make titles, this book has large, richly coloured, stitch by stitch deail in its photography. This is a real plus and aid to its glaring lack of diagrams or symbol charts. Charts would have assisted the small, lightweight text whose flow is interrupted by reminders that dc is (UKtr) (for example). It seems aimed for the advanced beginner as the basics are not reiterated or illustrated as one finds in many new crochet books. The twenty are: traditional granny square, poppies and daisies, square dance, daffodil square, twisted treble hexagon, cappuccino lace square, nursery granny square, scalloped circle, Tudor rose, Catharine wheel (not like the stitch), circle in a square, floral ring, circle & shell square, daisy loop, pinwheel circle, dog rose triangle, picot hexagon, alpine meadow square, and filet heart. As their names attest, not all the motifs are squares, which begs the question - why call them "granny squares"? Perhaps in terms of marketing that was more compelling than saying "crochet motifs", a more accurate description of the collection. Hidden in the book are 8 projects. They are not listed in the table of contents so you would have to search to find them. They are: a vase cover of square dance squares, hand warmer of the Tudor rose squares (a must-do), a pillow of cappuccino lace squares, a pincushion of floral rings, a scarf of daisy loop squares (lovely), a mat of dog rose triangles, shoulder bag of alpine meadow squares, baby blanket of filet hearts. While most are just joining of the motifs, they suggest many of the items you can create with them. All of the motifs are made with crochet cotton size 3 and a D/3mm and the sizes of each are noted. This enables you to understand the relative sizes of each and to have a clue as to the size your own hook and yarn combination will yield. The virtues of this pretty little book are its portability and engaging images of attractive motifs.-Crochet Savvy The ultimate in stashbusting, granny squares make quick crochet projects and you'll never get bored of creating them, since there are so many design variations. Here, knit celebrity Val offers 20 colourful patterns, all with clear instructions. Once you've made them, turn them into simple baby blankets, purses, cosy arm warmers or even stylish boot toppers, as shown by Val. All the yarns she's chosen are readily available so you can recreate her projects exactly, or work on your own designs using up any remnants in your knitting box. Highly recommended.-Knit Today

About the Author

Val Pierce's passion for knitting began when her father taught her to knit at the age of five. Later in life she began home knitting for yarn manufacturers, and since then she has made a huge range of items, from evening dresses to teddy bears. She later began designing items of her own, and before long Val's designs were appearing regularly in national knitting and crochet magazines. She also teaches knitting, as well as a range of other needlecrafts, to both adults and children. Val lives and works in Shropshire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent for beginners 9 Nov 2012
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Part of the Twenty to Make series, this little book shows you how to make granny squares in all their forms - traditional, floral, scalloped even triangles and more. Interspersed between the motifs are ideas for using them. There are 8 projects in all. I do like the Daisy Loop scarf. Excellent for beginners, can't imagine why anyone else would particularly need this. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of variety 28 Jun 2013
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Good ideas very pretty designs and clearly written giving both UK and US instuctions but sadly lacks detailed info on how to do stitches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely designs, rubbish instructions. 20 May 2014
By Deb P
Format:Paperback
Not the best book I've ever read on crochet.
It's been poorly edited and is definitely NOT for beginners. The intro says that Each square takes just a few hours to make? Surely they mean minutes?

The instructions are occasionally wrong.
Page 18's photo does not match the pattern and page 44, round one should read repeat ten more times, not eleven.

The designs are lovely but it's a shame that the book wasn't better edited as it would be off- putting to a beginner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book. 18 Dec 2012
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Had been asked to teach members of our Knit and Knatter group to crochet, this book is just right, to show what you can do with a 'Granny Square'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hmm 7 May 2014
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It's cheap, but the instructions aren't that easy to follow and I suspect the designs are not that well worked-out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars present 18 Sep 2013
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I brought this along with the crochet flowers book for my friend's birthday. she has tried a few and says that some are hard to follow and has been unable as yet to decipher them into English crochet.
nice ideas in there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not for beginners 22 May 2013
By SP
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The patterns in this book work well, however as a beginner to crochet, I had to find another book to show how to do all of the required stitches. There are colour photos of how each square should look but no diagrams of any of the stitches. If you already know how to crochet then this book will be fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crochet Patterns 23 Mar 2013
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This book is real value for money. Using up wool I have left over from other larger projects but have so many different patterns I dont get bored doing the same thing all the time.
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