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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Pap/DVD edition (25 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596682973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682979
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is the most comprehensive resource I've yet found on the topic of crocheting join-as-you-go motifs. I've occasionally seen join-as-you-go designs before, but up until now I've seen this technique used mostly as a way to join granny squares. It's really exciting, inspiring and refreshing to get a hold of an entire collection of patterns created using this method." - Amy Solovay, Crochet Editor at About.com"Kristin's thoughtfulness to provide crocheters with so many extra details makes her one of my favorite crochet designers...I am able to follow along no matter what my skill level." - AllFreeCrochet.com"If you're like me, you find joining pieces of knit and crochet work to be a bit nerve-wracking. This book features lovely motifs - snowflakes, flowers, stars, tiles - that can be joined as you go." - "Austin-American Statesman""This is the best reference I've yet found on the topic of crocheting seamless join-as-you-go motifs." About.com Guide to Crochet"With this book, modular designs are no longer the boring side of crochet. Fewer ends to weave in, more secure joins, and finer (and far fewer) seams make this book a great resource for any crocheter beginner or advanced." - CraftGossip.com Crochet Guide"Because I'm a bit of a technique geek, my favorite part of the book is in the back where she carefully explains how the technique works, and how you can use it to create your own designs. One of the things I'm most excited to play with is using the technique with color-changing yarns. Since you're not breaking yarn between motifs, the projects in the book are all of one kind of yarn each." - Amy O'Neill Houck, crochet designer and author"Yet another masterpiece by our beloved crochet designer Kristin Omdahl." - Faina Goberstein, knitwear designer and author"Amazing designs...this is the type of book that I like. It is a pattern book, but it is also a method book...it shows you how to do some patterns, and tells you how to figure out others. This way, it opens up opportunities to unleash your creativity!" - Marty Miller, The Crochet Doctor and President of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)"It is mind-blowing awesome. If you love granny motifs as much as I do, I really urge to you get the book and learn this technique. It is so inspiring and fun, and I am in love with Kristin for creating such a great book for us to use!" - Robyn Chachula, crochet designer and author, "Simply Crochet""Beautiful projects...In addition to written instructions, the book also contains detailed stitch diagrams for every pattern as well as construction diagrams when needed and gorgeous photos of the projects." - Amy Shelton, Crochetville.org"Kristin is one of the crochet (and knitting) communities most influential designers and she creates some truly stunning pieces." - "Jimmy Beans Wool""If you love the look of motif crochet, but are hesitant to commit because of the ends...this book is your answer. Shawls, hats, scarves, baby blankets...You want it, it's in here!" - Rebecca Velasquez, crochet designer and contributor, "Simply Crochet""Kristin brilliantly creates a way to avoid having to weave in all the ends and sew together a huge stack of crochet motifs when you're done with a project. It's hard to say which project I'll make first from this book, since they're all fantastic." - Sara Wilburn, "Sara Likes to Make Stuff""The diagrams in the book are clear once you understand the method behind them. So are the written directions. Combine the two and you have a marvelous system that is truly unique." - Dana Wright, "She Knits When She Should be Writing""Kristin Omdahl brings crochet projects to a forefront of fashion. Her designs are fresh, stylish and suitable for every body type." - Simona Merchant-Dest, knitwear designer"Kristin Omdahl is known for her innovative techniques (at least by me sh"

About the Author

Best-selling author Kristin Omdahl designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN and website styledbykristin.com. She appears in every episode of Knitting Daily TV on public television as the show's Crochet Corner expert, conducts seminars around the country, and teaches knitting and crochet in her DVD workshops, including Innovative Crochet: Motifs. She is also the author of Wrapped in Crochet, Crochet So Fine, and A Knitting Wrapsody. Kristin's work has appeared in many magazines and books. She enjoys knitting and crocheting in her orchid garden in sunny southwest Florida.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stinkeymonkey on 15 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
As someone who has always loved the look of crochet motifs, but was simply too lazy to weave in all those darned yarn ends, this book was such a revelation!

It took a little bit of concentration to understand the principle of 'part-building' motifs in one row, then 'filling in' the top of them as you go back along to the starting point of the next row, but once the penny drops, it just seems so blindingly obvious and logical, that you wonder why nobody has come up with this before!

I must confess that because I was so eager to dive right in, I didn't watch the instructional DVD first (and still haven't!), but guess the less impatient buyer would be wise to do so?

Anyway, do your favourite crocheter a BIG favour and buy them this book....they'll love you for it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graham Simpson on 5 Mar 2012
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I purchased this book as I really enjoy crocheting and do not like sewing in yarn ends.
The projects are fun to make, the pattern which is evident from the start is really lovely.
I did need to watch the DVD, to make clear about joining the motifs and would urge other
buyers to watch the DVD first, then look at the book.
I am well on the way to having made the Möbius scarf on page 50.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mum of two on 27 Aug 2012
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I was a little concerned about buying this book because another reviewer said it was hard for left-handers to follow. I went to the back of the book where the basic 'how to' section is and started on the example motif. In the explanation is a short sentence something like 'if you're left-handed you work in a clockwise direction' and quite honestly that is really the only difference. You need to follow the motif chart in an anti-clockwise direction whilst making the actual item in a clockwise direction. I would have also liked it to say that the finished item will be a mirror image and be aware of that while joining the motifs. I am used to following patterns where things come out as a mirror image of the original, and it has never been a problem.

If you don't like charts there are written instructions too, and these don't have right/left directions but instead use words like 'current' and 'adjacent' so you don't need to swap anything over.

It is really not hard to follow, but it is different from anything else I have done. Most of the right-handed reviews say that too, so it's obviously the technique that is strange not just the left-handedness.

By the time I was on my second try out I realised that I had forgotten that I was following the charts anti-clockwise. It just seemed normal to me. The first row of motifs is probably the most easily confused, once you've done a row it is really easy to see where everything goes for the second row. I didn't use the DVD at all, I found the book said it all.

One more point for lefties - you still work the motifs in the order written in the book, just be aware that they will come out as a mirror image. You don't really need to think about it once you've got the first row in place.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov 2011
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Not only is Kristin Omdahl a beautiful lady, she makes magic with her hands and a crochet hook. She is also a crocheter who believes that crochet is a modern art. This is crochet you would want to wear and want to be seen in. I'll make no bones about it, I am simply in love with Kristin's work - I don't think she has ever produced a design I don't like. Her book 'Crochet So Fine' is on my shelf and this one is joining it. I can knit with my eyes closed, in my sleep, standing on my head, but I have never crocheted a garment as such, just little bits, so the patterns look a bit complicated to me but I'm sure that's how novice knitters feel when they look at a fair-isle chart. It cannot be beyond me to master this and I would jump through hoops to wear some of these. Chief on my list are the lacy Ninja Star shawlette, the front cover design Blissful Flower, Snowflake, the gorgeous mobius Star but I reckon I'll try the chunky cowl Blue Skies first. There are lots of scarves, shawls and hats, a bag and plenty of ideas for the home, of which I love the Moroccan Tile blanket. Anyone who loves crochet cannot help but fall in love with this book. Top class photography and clear instructions. Highly recommended. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's books review website and on her blog on yarnsandfabrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on 24 April 2014
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This book is brilliant, I'm so thrilled with it! The author has come up with a fantastic technique to create crochet items that look like they're made from dozens of separate motifs, but are actually made all in one go, so there is no attaching to do afterwards, and hardly any ends to sew in.

I have tried a couple of the patterns in the book now and am getting the hang of the technique. It's a bit tricky to start with, but once you're used to it it flows better. The DVD really helps with this because you can see the author actually doing the technique, and she talks you through how to follow the charts, which are slightly different from normal crochet charts, and then it all falls into place, or it did for me. I'm just waiting for my yarn order to arrive so I can get started on my first shawl.

The patterns themselves are perfect. It's unusual for a crochet book like this to have so many things in it that I want to make! Normally there are only 2 or 3 things in a book that I'm interested in, but I want to make everything in this book. There are blankets, cushions, shawls, scarves, hats - all beautiful. And the best thing is there is a general pattern for each different motif as well as the specific item pattern, so once you are used to the technique, it's easy to use those stitches to make other items of your choosing.

I have been crocheting for years, and have got through a lot of crochet books. This is far and away my favourite. I love it.
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