Title: Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet, Design by Leisure Arts
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2002
If you love to crochet blankets and afghans this book has a lot of great designs to choose from! The Afghans included in this collection were the 40 best designs from the Crochet with Heart Afghan Contest.
The designs include basic and speciality stitches, filet crochet, textured stitches and popcorn stitches. Each pattern uses worsted weight yarn.
Designs included are:
- Noah’s Ark (45″ x 61″) First Prize Winner, by Leigh K. Nestor
- Blue & White Checkerboard (53″ x 65.5″) Second Prize Winner, by Sarah Ann Phillips
- Windows of Heaven (43″ x 64″) Third Prize Winner, by Julene S. Watson
- Reversible (45.5″x 60″), by Ruthie Marks
- Checkerboard (47″ x 62.5″), by Carol Alexander & Brenda Stratton
- Two-Way Hearts (52.5″ x 54″), by Mary R Lewis
- Gems (44.5″ x 57.5″), by Geneva Warren
- Square Posts (49″ x 61″), by Shirley Zebrowski
- Fiesta (52″ x 60.5″), by Merry L Daugherty’s
- Bunny Love (66.5″ x 83″), by Patricia Zihala
- Lots of Blocks (47.5″ x 61.5″), by C.A. Riley
- Blue Diamonds (52″ x 65″), by Nanette M. Seale
- Paintbrush (43.5″ x 63″), by Rubie Critchlow
- Snowman (48″ x 60.5″), by Carol Ann Marks
- Log Cabin Granny (49.5″ x 64.5″), by Carole G. Wilder
- Berries in Cream (41″ x 55.5″), by Karen M Robinson
- Woven Scraps (51″ x 67.5″), by Cathy Grivnow
- Angels (48″ x 67.5″), by Nancy D Luebke
- Viva (55″ x 74.5″), by Rosalie DeVries
- Ribbons of Color (43.5″ x 61″), by Delia Bieber
- Hearts United (47.5″ x 63″), by Colleen Gilbert
- Starlight (56″), by Carole G. Wilder
- Wheels in a Square (40″ x 61″), by Anita Wandtke’s
- Guiding Light (71″ x 79″), by Patricia Zihala
- Butterfly (41″ x 61.5″), by Flora Leger
- Harlequin (46″ x 63″), by C.A. Riley
- Ribbons (45.5″ x 65″), by Bessie Ann Persinger
- Log Cabin Christmas (47.5″ x 62.5″), by Carole G. Wilder
- Diagonal Stripes (42″ x 62″), by Beryl Ruhr
- Love Knots (45″ x 60″), by Joyce Dale Truett
- Buds & Ivy (44″ x 60.5″), by Pat Gibbons
- Stained Glass (46.5″ x 63.5″), by Gail Smith
- Roses on Lace (48″ x 58″), by Pat Gibbons
- Vanity (46.5″ x 60″), by Marge Warner
- Jaguar (47.5″ x 63.5″),by Carole G. Wilder
- Triple Treat (42″ x 60″), by Ruthie Marks
- Desert Rainbow (45.5″x 62″), by C.A. Riley
- Sedona Style (47″ x 69″), by Julene S. Watson
- Rosebud (41″ x 57″), by Cathy Grivnow
- Woven Squares (44″ x 64″), by Julene S. Watson
Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet
You will find the General Instructions from pages 125 to 128 and they include a Basic Stitch Guide and other technique(s) you may need to use (i.e.: working in the free loops of a stitch) which are not included within the specific Pattern Instructions.
The Pattern Instructions begin with the finished blanket size and the materials (type and amount of yarn, hook size, etc.) you need. Any important notes are included next (i.e.: work with 2-strands of yarn, rather than a single strand).
The Gauge information is included next.
The Stitch Guide is set apart from the rest of the instructions within a boxed rectangle. It includes any special stitches you may need to work for the design and written instructions to explain how the stitch is made. A few of the designs also include stitch diagrams at this point (i.e.: the Diagonal Stripes Design). The Pattern Instructions are next and are written in U.S. Crochet Terms and the stitch counts have been included at the end of most of the rows.
If the design you have chosen to crochet requires assembly, the assembly instructions and the placement diagram are listed within the pattern itself; followed by the specific edging for the blanket.
The blankets included are all beautiful and significantly different from one another. They range from easy level projects to more advanced level projects. You can learn a number of different techniques from these projects including working corner-to-corner (Diagonal Stripes), working and assembling Square and Hexagon blocks, using Popcorn stitches to make hearts, working in panels, filet crochet and even weaving crochet strips to create squares.
My favorite blankets from the collection are: Starlight, Guiding Light and Ribbons of Color. Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet is packed full of valuable afghan designs and techniques to expand your crochet skill set.
Enter below for a chance to win your own copy of Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet:
This Giveaway is open worldwide where allowed by law.
Start Date: January 5, 2016; 12:00 am ET
End Date: January 12, 2016, 11:59 pm ET
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I’d like to thank Leisure Arts, Inc. for providing me with the review copy of Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet and for the giveaway copy for my readers!