Afghans With Style – Book Review

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Afghans with Style Book Review

Title: Afghans with Style
Author: Melissa Leapman
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4647-4340-5
Photographer: Jason Masters

Afghans with Style, Review

When you are ready to expand your basic crochet skills and tackle a new crochet technique – Afghans with Style should be on your list of books to purchase. Afghans with Style contains written crochet patterns for six different throws using Fair Isle, Mosaic and Aran techniques.

The three techniques used to create the blankets are:

Mosaic Technique: this technique is used to create designs using only 2 colors of yarn. One color is worked for 2 consecutive rows and the second color is carried up the side until it is needed. The mosaic design is formed by working stitches and chain spaces with the first color of yarn and then by using the second color of yarn to work over top of the other stitches and into the chain spaces. The yarn floats (the unused yarn you carried up the side of the project) are hidden by enclosing them with the edging stitches at the very end of the project.

Aran Technique: this technique is created by using post stitches, popcorns and clusters. It creates a beautifully texture design.

Fair Isle Technique: this technique is used to create designs in many colors. Each row only uses 2 colors. You will rotate which yarn color you are working with and the unused strand is worked over and hidden beneath. The blanket will have some thickness to it since you are always working over one strand of yarn.

This publication includes the video camera icon throughout to notify you when there is a supportive video tutorial available for a skill or technique.

The 6 old-world style blanket patterns included are:

  • Interlocked Mosaic, Mosaic Technique, Intermediate Skill Level, 51.5″ x 66.5″
  • Shannonbrae, Aran Technique, Intermediate Skill Level, 50″ x 60″
  • Gallinmore, Aran Technique, Intermediate Skill Level, 53″ x 67″
  • Nordic Snowflake, Fair Isle Technique, Intermediate Skill Level, 58″ x 62″, includes a chart
  • Scandinavian, Fair Isle Technique, Intermediate Skill Level, 53″ x  54″, includes a chart
  • Hearthside Mosaic, Mosaic Technique, Intermediate Skill Level, 51″ x 70″

Each pattern calls for medium weight yarn.

Look at this collection of 6 beautiful projects you can make:

My 2 favorite designs in Afghans with Style are Interlocked Mosaic and Hearthside Mosaic.

Have you ever tried Mosaic, Fair Isle or Aran crochet techniques before? 

Would you like to win a eBook copy of Afghans with Style?

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win!

This Giveaway is open worldwide where allowed by law.

Start Date: April 5, 2016; 12:00 am ET
End Date: April 12, 2016, 11:59 pm ET

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Afghans with Style – $9.99

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I’d like to thank Leisure Arts, Inc. for providing me with the review copy of Afghans with Style and for the giveaway copy for my readers!

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  1. Can see alot of learning new techniques ahead with this book! How fun!! Thank you for sharing..know will be helpful to alot of us 🙂

  2. I love learning new stitches. There are some very pretty patterns in this book!

  3. Lovely afghans and techniques to be incorporated into making lots of designs in this book!

  4. Love these varied designs. Thanks for the review. This book is on my list to buy.

  5. I love learning new techniques. This book looks like it would be fun!

  6. I would love to know what you think know of the new charity crochet book.

  7. I really like this Afghan book. I have been crocheting for over 50 years and I love books that look like might learn something new from.

  8. How fabulous is this and world wide! Thanks for the chance. Anything Tunisian would be great to review

  9. I love all crochet, especially shawls, afghans kitchen items and totes! Any book covering any of these would be great. Thank you for a fantastic blog.

  10. I love you collection of patterns and designs. I have made several of your patterns for family and friends.

  11. Beautiful Afghans. I can’t help it, I love them. And the used techniques.

    But I also love kitchen decor. So for the next review please Kitchen Decor
    SKU# 75026C