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Crochet Kaleidoscope is a beautiful book complete with a very helpful Color Guide, 100 pretty motifs in different shapes and sizes and crochet patterns for 5 great projects.

Title: Crochet Kaleidoscope
Author: Sandra Eng
Publisher: Interweave Books, an imprint of F+W Media Inc.
ISBN: 9781632506139

Front Cover Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
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Crochet Kaleidoscope Review

Browse through 100 different crochet motifs and learn how to choose your yarn colors effectively with Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng.

In the Color Guide you will learn about different color combinations that work well together. We find out how we can pair colors by including neutrals and different complementary and/or split complementary color combinations. Available online color selection tools are mentioned and we are given some color ‘hacks’ we can try, to help us, if we find making color choices difficult.

Consideration is also given to how many colors to use in a single project and which order to use the colors we have chosen.

Sandra Eng also recommends some tools we can use to visually see how our motifs will look if we were to combine them into a completed project, like a blanket. This helps us visualize how different colors used in different sections of the motif can change the overall finished appearance of our projects.

Each pattern motif includes the following information:

  • Finished size
  • Hook size
  • Gauge
  • Yarn colors for the original colorway used
  • Notes
  • Stitch Diagram
  • Written instructions in U.S. Crochet Terms
  • Alternate Colorway (including yarn colors)

The motifs sections are:

Circles

Circles - Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
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Squares

Squares - Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
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Hexagons

Hexagons - Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
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Triangles and Other Shapes

Triangles - Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng
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The patterns included are:

  • Circles in a Square Rug, 35″ by 35″, Super Bulky Yarn [6], 10 mm (P) and 6 mm (J) hooks, Join as You Go Technique Used
  • Mod Flower Shawl, 48″ on each side, Sport Weight Yarn [2], 3.75 mm (F) hook, Join as You Go Technique (JAYG) Used
  • Solstice Pillow, 20″ across, DK Weight Yarn [3], 4 mm (G) and 4.5 mm (H) hooks, Slip Stitch Join Technique Used
  • Vintage Bauble Blanket, 45″ by 55″, Bulky Weight Yarn [5], 6 mm (J), Join as You Go Technique Used
  • Zinnia Table Runner, 13.5″ by 85″, DK Weight Yarn [3], 4 mm (G), Join as You Go Technique Used

You can totally change the finished look of your project simply by selecting different color combinations for the motifs.

Here is one example:

The Stitch Key for the diagrams is included on page 150. I personally love that the Stitch Diagrams have been included because it gives you a visual representation of what the finished project will look like better than written instructions can. There is a bit of a learning curve when switching from written instructions to stitch diagrams but they are becoming my preference for crochet instructions. If you have always relied on written instructions, try to take a look at the diagrams as you are working each round so you see how they are being arranged. It may help you visualize and choose your colors for future patterns.

The Glossary is included on page 151 and includes written explanations of the different terms used in the book. You are also provided with a link to the free glossary of terms on the Interweave website for further assistance. 

Filled with stunning color combinations and design elements the motifs included in Crochet Kaleidoscope can be combined to create a wide-range of unique projects. The helpful color guide shows us how to make effective yarn color choices and demonstrates how the order of the yarn colors can impact our finished projects. I am totally in love with Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng.

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38 Comments

  1. Based on your review, some of these designs are really enticing. I’ve never cared much for making squares because of all the sewing but if I learn the JAYG way, I just might have to start doing squares again.

  2. This book looks amazing and informative to help with choosing colors and designs. Thank you for providing this review it gave me great insight into the patterns within the book.

  3. I love this book! In the past 45 years of crocheting, I have always used coordinating colors and I think this would help me break out of that habit.

  4. Thx for this review. Learning how to do color work , learning how to match and choose colors and create designs is a great tool to have in our crochet and craft toolbook in general. Learning how they work together or against each other makes us all better designers when we are creating our masterpieces. Love all the pics you shared. Love colors!

  5. Great reviews always make it was to decide to buy the book! Thanks

  6. I love the different shapes and colors of the Kaleidoscope book! So much you can do with that!

  7. I am very excited about the color guide! I often think something will look right, and then when I am working, somehow the colors just don’t fit!

  8. I love knowing there are so many choices in the book. I love lots of color! Looks like a book I’d love to own!

  9. This book of patterns is right up my wheel house. I love multi color items and different stitches. I think this book is now #1 on my next by list.

  10. I really need help with color planning – thanks for reviewing this book – sounds like i need it!

  11. This book has so many designs to make afghans, table runners, etc. Looks like a book for wonderful ideas.

  12. This book offers so many motif ideas. I would love to be able to use this tool to help create beautiful works of art. I’ve added this to my list of books I want 😊

  13. I need to get this book! I tend to get into a rut when choosing colors. (Neutrals, mostly! Lol.) I’m never sure if the colors that I’m using look good & if I have enough, too many, or too little! (And does that contrasting color look good, or is it too obnoxious?) Add in the motif patterns & help with how they’ll look together & this book sounds like a must-have for me! It’s going to the very top of my list!

  14. This book seems perfect for me. I am always wondering how to pick colors that look good together and I never know if I have too few or too many colors for a project. I think i may have to request this as a gift from my family for mothers day. All the pretty motifs and pictures just draw me in!

  15. I love this book!! So many shapes, colors……oh the possibilities for projects!!

  16. Looks a super cool book, quite a variety of shapes to try your hand at

  17. Love the many designs and color combinations. The colors are so bright and colorful. I can see myself crocheting lots of lapghans using these shapes for gifts and for me too.

  18. what a great book! helps to see a variety of options in one place – also color combos. Can’t wait to see this book in person!

  19. Crochet Kaleidoscope looks like a wonderful book…..such beautiful patterns!!

  20. This looks like it has a lot of fun patterns to use in a lot of fun ways!

  21. Wow – this looks so interesting…hours of fun playing with yarn!

  22. The Crochet Kaleidoscope book looks like so much fun with all the different shapes and designs….endless possibilities!!