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Title: Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet, Design by Leisure Arts
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2002
ISBN: 1-57486-153-0

Contest Favorites 40 Afghans To Crochet

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.

eBook Giveaway Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet ends January 12 2016

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

In order to enter the giveaway, you must have (or be willing to sign up for) a free Leisure Arts dot com account. If you do not have one yet, you can sign up here:

If you are not the lucky winner of the giveaway and you would like to purchase your own copy of Contest Favorites 40 Afghans to Crochet you can get them directly from Leisure Arts:

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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!

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  1. So many beautiful afghans. As much as I like the Starlight afghan that reminds me of peppermints, I don’t think I’d have the patience for it. I do love the Log Cabin Afghan!!

  2. First thing I learned was afghans. These are beautiful quite a beautiful change, thanks for the review!

  3. Celebrity! Springtime makes me think of babies and bright colors. Celebs book looks like it has both!

  4. My post got cut off ?
    I’d love for you to review – a fun way to learn to crochet for kids.

    Thanks ☺

  5. I would like to receive the eBooki everything the Internet didn’t teach you about Crochet. Because. I would like to see the tips that are in it.
    Karol Beaufore

  6. Thanks for the chance to win, i think i would like to see you review and give away a crochet stitch encyclopedia. there are so many new stitches out there and would love to see a revised book (mine is from the 60’s)

  7. Thanks for this opportunity, Rhonnda! and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

    So many choices – it’s hard to decide. I think I’d like to see a review of
    the book, “Unforgettable Crochet SKU# 5179C.
    There are some very attractive styles in there, which, to my untrained eye, don’t look all that complex.
    I’d love to see a Review of that, if possible….and will put this one on my own Wish List – to buy after I’ve paid off Christmas bills and paying off my upcoming trip to England for Yarn Retreat with Dedri Uys!

  8. Great review! So many wonderful afghans to crochet! I’d love to win this book!!!
    And how cruel, asking us to pick ‘1’ favorite pattern from your collection!!! I could have
    picked dozens! 🙂

  9. Please review Ice Box Crochet! My grandkids would love for me to make something from that book!

  10. I really have a hard time to decide what book to choose I have two that I really would like a review on. one is Aran Afghans eBook and the other is QUILT-INSPIRED AFGHANS.
    So if I had to pick from these two, I would lean to the quilt inspired one.
    Thank you for asking us hat we would like to see next, and thank you for this give away, and a special thanks for all the work you do.

  11. I would to see a review of new style Granny Squares Afghans

  12. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway. The afghans are beautiful, especially the Butterfly one. I will be one busy lady if I win. Haahaha

  13. I would love to see you review Honoring Veterans. Also thanks for the chance to win these awesome books.

  14. I would like to read your comments on Quilt Inspired Throws. Always enjoy your emails, loaded with tidbits of information. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. I loved the textures and stitches of “The Story of Homespun”. Would love to see your review!

  16. Thank you for so many beautiful patterns and the opportunity to win more beautiful patterns

  17. Thank you for a great giveaway. I would love to see some patterns from the FILET TABLE RUNNERS.

  18. I’d like to see Honoring our Veterans. Love to make afghans and this looks great!

  19. “Throws Worked in the Round” looks really interesting.

  20. Too many to choose from! I’m sure whichever you pick will be awesome! 🙂

  21. I’d love to see reviews of a tunisian book, like short row tunisian fashion

  22. I take a chance again with this book. Would it be possible to review the “ICE BOX CROCHET” book? It looks so great but very difficult.

  23. Thanks for the chance to win this – love several of the patterns. I’d like to see a review of their Quilt-Inspired Afghans.