Book Review: Mandalas to Crochet

Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen
30 Great Patterns

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The heart of this book is all about mandala patterns, but you’ll also find so much more.
The book is divided into 5 chapters covering essential information,  crocheting mandalas, borders and projects. All patterns are written in US terms

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Chapter One – Before you begin

Important information about the charts and patterns, tips and a crochet refresher course for those essential stitches and techniques. A section on yarns, hook sizes and color gets you started. A detailed section on how to get a seamless circle and how to keep you circles flat.

Chapter Two – Mandala Selector
A large scale photo index of all the mandala pattern in the book. Be inspired and find the mandala that is right for you.

28547706_10214023423726849_1450541723_oChapter 3 – Mandala Patterns
30 beautiful mandala patterns, which are accompanied by large charts, beautiful photography. The patterns are divided into 4  groups “Basic”, “Classic”, “Flowers” and “Something Special”.  Each pattern has written instructions and a chart.

This is a great book for beginners to advanced crocheters. The “Basic” section will get any new crocheter started on their mandala journey, learning the technique of crocheting in the round using basic stitches.  The “Classic” section uses a combination of stitches to create beautiful patterns and  larger mandalas. The “Flowers” section as you guessed is all themed on flowers.

Chapter 4 – Borders
5 mix and match borders  to add that extra touch to your mandalas.

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Chapter 5 – Projects

In this chapter you can take a step further by turning your mandalas in to beautiful garments, accessories and homewares, Boho Bag, Hotpads, Tablemats, Scarfs, Blankets and Rugs.

What do I think!
This book is a must for your crochet library. Why! Not only does the designer covers all the steps to making a mandalas, she explains how you can keep going to make it any size. The charts are clear and well illustrated, the written instructions are well written without any fancy flair, the large scale photography helps as a check point that you are on track. I love that she includes projects that can be made using any of the mandalas.  Great for gifts, craft trade shows and designers.

You can use any yarn, any weight and any color! Perfect projects for scrap busting. Modern with a vintage twist. True to the title, the book includes 30 different mandalas to try.

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My little crochet library – Book Review

Crochet has become an addiction of all sorts from hooks to yarn to patterns… and now books. My little library of crochet books is a little light but I promised myself that in 2018 I would build on what I already have and to bring you my views and opinions.

So I’m going to kick of this months book review with a must have for all level of crocheters.

200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton

 

 

200 Crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afgahns by Jan Eaton is a book of crochet squares to mix and match. This book is full of useful information for any crochet levels.

One thing to note if your purchasing this book make sure you buy the right one, The blue/green cover is US terms and the pink/purple is UK terms

The books starts of with a introduction, Chapter One covers how to Mix and Match the blocks. Chapter Two covers 200 square blocks and alternative colors., Chapter Three covers techniques.

So lets explore them a little more

Chapter One  – Mix and Matching
This Chapter shows you how to choose blocks from the directory and includes a selection of colorful designs ideas for making them in various sizes from a large throw to a pillow cover, plus tips on how to plan your own design and how to go about choosing your colors

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Chapter Two – Block Directory
The Block Directory contains photographs and patterns for over 200 crochet blocks. Each block is graded by degree of difficulty so that you can choose the ones which suit your own skill level. In the last section, each main pattern is shown in the original colors with three different colorways to illustrate the variety of effects you can achieve.

Note: there are not actually 200 different blocks patterns, there are 128. Blocks 101 – 200 are variations of colorways that can be achieved

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Chapter Three – Techniques
In this chapter, you will find a refresher course to help you make and join the blocks shown in the directory, including tips on joining yarns and working a colored pattern from a chart. There are also patterns for making a variety of pretty edging and details of the actual yarns used to work the blocks.

Stitches

I love that Jan Eaton took the time to explain the yarn in this section. She shows you how different thickness in yarn results in different size blocks.

All the stitches and techniques are clearly explained with step by step illustrations.

Jan Eatons 200 Blocks gets the Pippin approval.

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