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200 knitted blocks for blankets, throws and afghans
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2006
This book has inspired me to start knitting something other than scarves in fancy wool[what an addiction!] the clear easy to follow instructions are excellent for even the most fearful novice knitter. The ideas are both classical and contemporary and suggest how you can design your own banket. All the squares are 6inches when knitted on size 8mm needles and double knitting wool. Time to climb into the loft or drag out all those carrier bags from behind the sofa and get knitting. ENJOY!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2009
When I bought this book I was anticipating 200 different knitted block patterns. This was not the case.Many of the blocks are variations on a theme e.g. colourways, so that was disappointing. However, in its favour there is a very good section at the start on design and use of the blocks and several very good examples of throws or blankets knitted from combinaions of block patterns.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2006
I must admit to being a bit dissapointed with this book - it came in the post, I unwrapped it, I opened the cover to the list of all the squares - it started out well, but after about 50 squares the author cops out and just duplicated each one five times or so in five different colours or variations. This was a real let down - I realise that it must be difficult to think of 50 squares, but I'm sure given a stitch dictionary and a couple of hours most of us could come up with some better ideas than having the last half being a case of "no51 - cable stitch square in red and blue, no52-cable stitch square in green and white" etc, etc. If you are looking for a Blanket or Afghan book either buy a stitch dictionary and do the work yourself, or go look under Debbie Abrahams!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
I've bought this book because I quickly get bored with big projects, but for some reason, knitting lots of small squares is fun.

My only gripe is that some of the squares are repeated up to 5 times in different colours, so if you're expecting 200 different designs you may be disappointed.

On the plus side, I love that there are suggestions on how to put the squares together. I'll be scanning the sqaures and then cutting and pasting to make a patchwork design I like before I start knitting. (But then I love playing on my pc too!)

Each square also has suggestions of up to 3 other squares you could knit to form a larger project. Brilliant book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2010
I got this book recently and am delighted with it .It is set out in easy to follow sections and helps you to design and plan throw of you choice taking into account your own skill level etc .A great book for the knitter full of knitting tips can be used by all the family .I am making a throw for my granson using this book it is based on a nautical theme and have used the button up square as one of the basic squares in the throw but used stars instead of buttons to finish it off. Would recommend .My friend got the authors other book on crochet squares exactly the same but using crochet .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2013
I was asked to knit a blanket so sent for this book for idea's as yet I haven't used any of the patterns but l have had a good look through and there are plenty of idea's from easy to a bit harder and tips on how to cast on/off and join wools together which I found good information. a beginner could use this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
As a beginner I wanted to get a book of block with someone that were challenging, but not too complicated, this was just what I got. I hope to get through quite a few squares in this book, as I slowly improve. A good Buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 21 June 2011
Eaton's book contains enough blocks to create your own afghan, each block will be the same size if the same yarn and needles are used and the inspirational potential is great. I agree entirely with the reviewer who said this doesn't actually contain over 200 blocks as some are just variations, some only colour variations which any of us can do. However, my major issue is with the construction of the book.

Eaton starts with a short interesting introduction on how to use the book and block directories. But she places a 'mix and match' section on ideas for combining blocks before the block directory itself, which I feel would have been better the other way round giving the reader time to look at the blocks and absorb their detail first. She places her 'techniques' section last of all, which I would have put in the introduction, because it is here she deals with yarn weights, calculation of amounts, needles, stitches and abbreviations, after the designs which use these abbreviations in the first place. Each section is really useful, but even as a fairly experienced knitter I found the order confusing.

However, as a source of inspiration and as a resource this is a great book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Got this book for my daughter who is just starting to knit. Never did i imagine it would be full of knitting stitches for her to try, plus of course the great squares to knit up using the same wool and needles. Cant fault it. This will be her easter egg from me. Better than chocolate........well almost lol.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
Lovely easy to follow patterns only one or two are charts so if you are worried about using charts don't be as this book is virtually chart free.
There is a section that gives you an idea as to how to use the squares and you can follow the pattern for them with ease. Lots of choices to go with the variuos squares are found at the bottom of the pages so it makes it easy to mix and match.
If your a beginner you will find lots of easy sqaures to knit and they all turn out the same size which makes sewing them together easy.
I would reccomend this book for anyone wanting to experiment and make something beautiful with ease.
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