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Since we are in full swing with Granny Month here, I thought this would be the perfect time to share Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs. As you know, I am already a huge fan of the granny square, but this book is blowing my mind with all the lovely crocheted motifs! To be exact, there are 144 motifs in all shapes and sizes. Circles, hexagons, triangles, stars, hearts, and of course … squares. My mind is in overdrive thinking of all the possibilities!
The book starts off with an introduction that includes a discussion of yarn weights and a reference for vocabulary, reading charts, stitch abbreviations. There are also lots of helpful tips including how to begin and end a round, join motifs, and some troubleshooting advice for when the shape of your motif gets wonky.
The bulk of the book consists of the motif patterns. Each motif includes a full-color image and clear step-by-step written instructions, as well as helpful visual stitch diagrams. I do find visual diagrams soooo helpful!
The Appendix includes a couple graphs you can photocopy and use to help you plan and design your own motifs and a reference for stitch directions. There are also some cute and colorful drawings sprinkled throughout the book with project ideas to spark your creativity.
And my favorite feature of this book has to be the spiral binding! Genius! Why don’t all pattern books have spiral binding?! The book lays open flat so you can follow the patterns without the pages closing on you.