Afghan Lover’s Collection – 36 Top Notch Afghan Patterns! – Review

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36 Top Notch Afghan Patterns -Afghan Lover's Collection

Title: Afghan Lover’s Collection
Author: (Various)
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2011
ISBN: 9781609001285
Photographer: Ken West

36 Top Notch Afghan Patterns

Afghan Lover’s Collection

Are you looking for some new afghan crochet pattern ideas? The Afghan Lover’s Collection includes 36-classic crochet afghan patterns. You are certain to find a design perfect for your own personal style.

The 36 Top Notch Afghan Patterns included are:

  • Sunny Tweed – by Anne Halliday
  • One-of-a-Kind – by Anne Halliday (Bulky Weight Yarn)
  • Glimpse of Granny – by Anne Halliday – placement diagram included
  • Denver Ripple – by Maggie Weldon (Bulky Weight Yarn)
  • Creative Circles – by Anne Halliday – placement diagram included
  • Tile – by Melissa Leapman
  • Comfy – by Melissa Leapman
  • Tiny Twirls – by Anne Halliday – placement diagram included
  • Blue Lace – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Greek Key – by Melissa Leapman
  • Exceptional – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Charming – by Patricia Kristoffersen
  • November – by Barbara Shaffer
  • October – by Jean Kanable
  • Jazzy Journey – by Anne Halliday (Bulky Weight Yarn)
  • Spring Serenade – by Anne Halliday
  • April – by Beverly Mewhorter (Bulky Weight Yarn)
  • Outstanding – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Hill & Valley – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Tranquility – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Autumn – by Maggie Weldon – placement diagram included
  • Tempting Taupe – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Incredible in White – by Anne Halliday
  • Sweet Tangerine – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Time to Relax – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Special Time – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Tea Time – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Pretty Posies – by Maggie Weldon – placement diagram included
  • Snow – by Anne Halliday
  • Lacy Accent – by Anne Halliday
  • Little Sis – by Barbara Shaffer
  • Tweedy Strips – by Anne Halliday
  • Tweedy Circles – by Anne Halliday
  • Stars and Stripes – by Anne Halliday
  • Double Irish Chain – by Barbara Faul – chart included
  • Pinwheel – by Barbara Faul – chart included

The afghans included use primarily Medium weight yarn [4] and range in difficulty from EASY to INTERMEDIATE. There are a few afghans which use Bulky weight yarn [5] and I have indicated which above beside the individual pattern names.

The afghans use various techniques and styles – including lacy open stitches, ripples, bobbles and motifs. The texture and color range from design to design and you have so many possibilities to choose from in this collection. Some of the designs use different color changing techniques and a great introduction to Color Changing Techniques is included on page 114. This section discusses the use of Bobbins and how to make a basic color change and a color change at the end of the row.

Each of the designs include a STITCH GUIDE section in the actual pattern itself for specific stitches which are not as commonly used – such as Long Double Crochet (includes a diagram and written instructions for the stitch), Treble Crochet (includes written instructions for the stitch), Popcorns and different post stitches.

The General Instructions are included at the end of the publication and include the abbreviations used, crochet terminology, yarn weight and hook size guides, gauge information, joining with sc, hdc and dc instructions, how to work in the back ridge of a stitch, how to work in the back loop only, changing colors, how to recognize and work into free loops, post stitches, popcorn stitches, working in front of, around or behind a stitch and working in a space before a stitch. The Whipstitch seaming technique is included and directions for creating a fringe is shown with both written instructions and diagrams.

I really love the assortment of afghans included in Afghan Lover’s Collection. Here is a quick peek at some of the designs you receive in the book:

 

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21 Comments

  1. I really like the Pinwheel Afghan and the Tiny Twirls, but the Time to Relax Afghan shouldn’t be overlooked…it’s really pretty!

  2. I love anything with afghans. They are my only projects so far.

  3. I just love how detailed your descriptions of these designs are! I love making afghans and I believe from your review that I could pick up this book and just make anything I wanted from it! Thank you for your insight.

  4. Thank you for the review. It’s nice to know a bit more of what’s included beyond the patterns. I don’t have a clue how to deal with bobbins soa book that discusses it is helpful!

  5. I have this book and I have made 3 of them since your review and what I like about this book is that they are explained so well and I have made the same ones over and over due to the request from others. Thanks for your reviews.

  6. I love your review of this book and it has made me want to purchase it since I now have to make a bunch of afghans for gifts! These designs are different so I can make a really nice different one for each person!

  7. These are all so adorable! I am usually not all that into afghans – I have only crocheted one :-), but looking at these I think I might give a try some time again!

  8. I just wanted to say that the review on this book “36 Top Notch Afghan Patterns Afghan Lover’s Collection” has made me want to buy this book ASAP. Your reviews are helpful in finding the projects we would like to make. Thank you.

  9. I wold like you to review the “Twice As Nice Decor Ebook.”

  10. I can never get enough new afghan patterns. I have some books, and there are a lot of patterns on the web, but a book like this is great for having several to choose from, and having the designers and publishers add information about stitches and techniques. Thanks for reviewing this collection.

  11. I love this book! What a great review! I’d love to see a review of Wraps By The Dozen! I just don’t think you can have too many wraps… And they make such great gifts…???

  12. And in theses environmental times it would be great if you would review The Enviro-Totes.

  13. Again an assortment of really nice Afghans. I especially like the Sweet Tangerine and the Time to Relax.