- interesting new technique Review by MrsM
Sorry to write such a long review, but I'm very happy with this book and this technique. The author is a design genius!
I have crocheted for 10+ years, from afghans to doilies, and I have made many "experienced" and "advanced" projects. Honestly, until I very recently found this book, I was getting a little bored. There's not much I haven't done/can't do, and though I love the look of motifs, I HATE all those little ends. It seems no matter how many times I check over my project, I always find some that I missed. I also like to work on one continuous project. Motif patterns are pretty daunting to me; I mostly find them too tedious to find enjoyable. Occasionally I will find a pattern I think is worth starting, but end up getting irritated halfway through and quit.
So, this book sounded like a miracle!
I have just received it in the mail, and started on one of the trivets. I'm halfway through the pattern, and granted, it would have been much faster to just do the regular motif thing, but it's very interesting to work through the pattern. It's a whole new way of thinking, and it's just challenging enough to be interesting without being overwhelming. It's definitely worth the extra time to learn the process. Once you do a few rows, it really starts to make sense and go quickly.
I have not yet used the CD, because the directions are written so clearly. The book is actually much larger than I expected, with lots of full page photos and diagrams with each pattern. Before each pattern are the directions for how to make and use each motif, and tips on how to translate the motif into other projects. For example, you could make the trivet pattern into a throw or scarf.
There are also many pages of information on how to make your own seamless motifs from other, "normal" motif patterns. I think it will take me a while to understand how to translate the patterns into seamless patterns, but it's definitely a fun new techinique to try. I look forward to the challenge.
The only thing that is somewhat difficult at first, is to figure out how the diagrams relate to your work when you are left handed. I assume most people who would be interested in this book are used to the differences already, but just wanted to mention it. I didn't have this problem reading the written pattern-I only noticed it when looking at the stitch diagram, which is pretty unusual. Often times the written patterns are also right-hand oriented.
Though I wouldn't recommend this book for beginners, it's wonderful for advanced crocheters, and I'm sure someone with intermediate experience could pick it up quickly. Actually, if you haven't worked with motifs before, you may have the advantage!
And by the way, the price is a steal!
(Posted on 7/24/13)