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Title: Panel by Panel Afghans
Designs by: Becky Stevens
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60140-439-5
Photographer: Ken West

This month I have selected Panel by Panel Afghans by Becky Stevens to review.

I love Stitch Pattern Books and Panel by Panel Afghans is filled with 44 mix and match crochet panels. Although the book is written specifically with Afghans in mind you can use these different stitch patterns for so many projects!

Panel by Panel Afghans is 59-pages in length and includes written crochet instructions using American Crochet Terms. The Stitch Pattern Multiples are provided for each panel to allow you to apply the stitches to your own projects and designs.

Panel by Panel Afghans is presented in the following sections:

  • Basic Crochet Panels – 5 panels for beginners (using single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, moss stitch and shell stitch)
  • Easy Panels – 5 panels with reasonably short repeats (Slanted Boxes, Puff Stitch Shells, Open Trellis, Inverted V-Stitch and Star Stitch)
  • Fisherman Panels – 14 panels with lots of texture (Blackberry Stitch, Waffle Stitch, Cluster Diamonds, Popcorn Diamonds, Triple Braid, Raised X’s, Basketweave, Twisted Circles, Cable, Open Double Twist, Stacked Chevrons, Open Popcorn Diamonds, Zigzag and Double Twist Cable.)
  • Tunisian Crochet Panels – 20 panels ranging from beginner to immediate level (Basic Afghan Stitch, Crossed Strands, Mesh Stitch, Knit Stitch, Tunisian Double Crochet, Puff Stitch, Shells, Shells & Stripes, Alternating Shells, Shells & Loops, Stars, Shells & Bars, Alternating V’s, Twisted Braid, Clusters, Diamonds, Snowflakes, Braided Loops, Stacked V’s and Cable.)

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Panel by Panel Afghans also comes with complete written instructions for the following Afghans:

  • All the Basics Afghan (40″ x 56″)
  • Easy Stitches Baby Sampler (33.5″ x 35.5″)
  • Fisherman & Tunisian Sampler (47″ x 61″)


All the Basics Afghan | Panel by Panel Afghans Review @Oombawka Design
All the Basics Afghan
Easy Stitches Baby Sampler | Panel by Panel Afghans Review @OombawkaDesign
Easy Stitches Baby Sampler
Fisherman & Tunisian Sampler | Panel by Panel Afghans Review @OombawkaDesign
Fisherman & Tunisian Sampler

The General Instructions include the Abbreviations (US American English Crochet Terms are used), a Crochet Terminology Chat for International Equivalents for the basic crochet stitches, information about Gauge, how to work Multiples, a comparison of different Yarn Weights by Category and a detailed crochet stitch section with diagrams and written instructions.

The stitches included in the General Instructions are:

  • yarn over
  • chain
  • slip stitch
  • single crochet
  • half double crochet
  • double crochet
  • treble crochet
  • popcorn
  • post stitch
  • reverse single crochet
  • free loops of a chain

You also receive detailed written tutorials with images for Tunisian Crochet. The Tunisian Crochet Section explains how to work the following:

  • Base Row
  • Bind Off Row
  • Working In Vertical Strand
  • Working in Horizontal Bar at the top of the Stitch
  • Working Between Strands
  • Tunisian Single Crochet
  • Tunisian Double Crochet
  • Tunisian Front Post Treble Crochet
  • Tunisian Cluster
  • Tunisian Front Post Triple Treble Crochet
  • Tunisian Puff Stitch

The final section includes instructions for Finishing, Blocking and working a Whipstitch seam.

The models (samples) used in the photographs used a selection of Red Heart Yarns: Classic, Super Saver, Soft Baby and Eco-Ways.



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  1. I don’t often have time to read all the wonderful blogs I subscribe to, so I pick and choose, saving the ones I just can’t delete because I Will get back to it. (Though maybe in a different life, lol.) 2 of your book reviews I’ve gone over and loved, I found I missed the contest for. I don’t think I will ever choose yours to get to later again!
    This book sounds just up my alley. I have used books similar to this one to “create” my own patterns with also. I have such a hard time picturing which stitches will Complement each other without being too much. But these books show you, and help you picture them without having to make a sample swatch. And all you have to do is say something like pg 41, rows #~#, pg }} rows #~#, etc.
    I love it. Thank you!

  2. Hi Alice, The only way I can think of to fix this is to possibly move down a hook size hoping that the smaller hook will have a smaller shaft and make the stitch the right size? Or stopping sooner on the hook (which is hard to do) and working closer to the actually end of the hook as opposed to the neck of the hook? You could maybe add a small elastic to the shaft of the hook to stop the movement of the yarn along the shaft of the hook? as a ‘bumper’ to create a stopping point? Hope this helps 🙂 All the best, Rhondda (Hope you enjoyed the CAL too!!)

  3. I have a Furls Hook that I love, but I find that the hook enlarges my stitches because it the diameter increases so soon below the hook itself. Is there a way to ‘fix’ that? It’s my favorite to work with, except for this problem!
    Can’t wait to start on the new afghan cal – great pattern!

  4. I’d love to see anything on Tunisian shawls. I have never been able to get it right and can use any help I can get!

  5. I have been wanting to do a tunisian sampler afghan. This book has some lovely looking patterns.

  6. Love all the designs you present to us !

    Please review the leisure Arts “Baskets” next !

  7. And as to what Leisure Arts crochet pattern book I’d like to see reviewed next, I would love to see something more about Tunisian crochet, as I’m just learning that technique myself. Either “Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets” or “Tunisian Shawls” would be good, as those are both types of projects I enjoy doing in regular crochet.

  8. I’d heard of mile-a-minute afghans before, and have run across the concept of afghans worked in continuous panels in some Tunisian crochet pattern books (it makes creating something afghan-sized without a cabled hook much easier); however, this is the first exposure I’ve had to the notion of working regular crochet in long, continuous, non-“mile-a-minute” panels to create afghans. It reminds me a bit of one old Leisure Arts afghan pattern book in which one created a “samplerghan” from a 5×7 grid of 35 crocheted squares, each in a different pattern stitch.

  9. The Ice Box Crochet book looks fantastic! It would be great if you would review it next. Sometimes I think little toys can be so fiddly and turn out nothing like the picture…your trial would be great. Thanks for the review of this book – looking forward to trying out the tunisian panels especially!