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on 26 July 2012
Betty Barnden always turns out blocks and items to inspire me, I just love her ideas. This book is choc full of them - loads of beautiful coloured hexagons, squares, circles and triangles together with ideas for using them - love it. There are flower purses and a rose scarf and a daisy cushion and as well as few wonderful things to make there's also useful stuff such as showing the difference between blocks if you use various yarns, then there's testing your tension, doesn't matter so much for a throw or cushion but if you're going to use the blocks for a garment then this is useful to know.

You'll also get well illustrated instructions on how to join blocks in various ways, really, the information included, the lovely diagrams and fabulously coloured pictures, and the sheer inspiration in here makes this money well spent.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 8 August 2012
A great selection of blocks for crocheters. They include the typical square but also hexagons, circles, triangles and diamonds. The theme is flowers and these blocks are pretty stunning, many in a lacy effect but also some solid blocks. The book takes you through materials and tools needed, a very useful block size section, working directions, block arrangements, edgings, project planning and more. The meat of the book is a collection of blocks arranged by colour. There are excellent photos of each block. We then move on to the instructions. These are very clear and you also get another photo of the block plus a chart, which can be read by following the symbols in the book. Last but not least, there are four good projects - a throw, purses, cushion and scarf. I love the daisy chain square, the lacy daisy square, the sunflower square and my favourite pattern in the book is the shamrock triangle. Crochet is the perfect on the go craft and this book is ideal for projects you can create during your lunch hour, on the train etc. It's great for using leftover yarn. You could create some stunning work using this book. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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on 8 June 2013
this book has a very good selection of patterns but some are for the more advanced crocheter.that said i found some easy to complete
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on 17 January 2013
I received this book today and couldn't get over it's presentation. What can I say the colours are amazing! The patterns look unique and as I turned each page I just wanted to get stuck in right away. The book is split up into four sections. The first section is on useful techniques which gives information on yarn and block sizes, materials and equipment, block arrangements, joining blocks etc. Section 2 gives you a directory of the 75 blocks in picture form, absolutely beautiful! The Third section gives you instructions/patterns for the individual blocks both in written form and via a diagram. The final section lists some beautiful projects which you can choose to follow and include a purse, a throw, a cushion and a scarf. This is truly a beautiful book and it would make a lovely gift. The presentation is excellent. Suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own projects. Praise to Betty Barnden for producing a work of art! A big thank you for sharing your knowledge of the craft of crochet with us.
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on 18 December 2014
What a fabulous book, so glad I bought it. Not only the patterns but tips on how to place blocks for joining, how to join with different stitches. A colour wheel and instructions on how to use it to choose colours for projects. And at the back of the book a few projects to get you using the blocks and fuelling the imagination for future projects.
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on 1 November 2014
Wonderful book, not only are there square blocks but circular, diamond, hexagonal and triangular. At the front of the book are several edgings, at back of the book are 4 projects, full instructions for joining the different types of blocks together are also included.

It has both charts and written instructions and the illustrations are beautiful.
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on 30 March 2014
Really liked how the patterns were laid out - the written instructions and the drawn pattern as well. Some lovely patterns in there too which Im looking forward to trying. Piecing suggestions for mixing different patterns for the overall patterns are helpful too.
A good book.
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on 12 February 2013
Lovely patterns to experiment with. Lots of designs for every ability , clearly set out and easy to follow. Well worth getting
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on 3 April 2013
Beautiful book to work your way through and improve your knowledge. There is nothing that cant achieved in this book
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on 24 March 2013
Really nice and lot of variety, have not crochet any of the patterns yet but certainly give you a lot of choice
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