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Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs
by Edie Eckman
2012. 272 pages. Storey. $19.95
You may remember my review of Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs as well as and the free pattern I was permitted to share. I loved that book! So, I was super excited to be able to review Edie Eckman’s Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, and I can honestly say that I love this book just as much!
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs includes 101 new motif patterns as well as beautiful patterns and methods for arranging and connecting the motifs. The book is divided into three parts and starts off with a review of some basic stitches and techniques with color pictures to help guide users through the steps. I really appreciated the section on Color Theory and found Ms. Eckman’s advice on choosing colorways to be very helpful. Part 1 also covers arranging motifs, filler motifs, different joining and finishing methods, as well as blocking.
Part 2 jumps right into the motif patterns. I love how each pattern includes a stitch diagram as well as the written pattern. I find the stitch diagrams to be so helpful, especially for more complicated motifs. The section also includes the suggested methods for joining the motifs, as well as patterns for filler motifs.
And last, but certainly not least, Part 3 includes 11 patterns, including a pretty shawl, a layered motif afghan, a lacy lamp shade, and a handy pincushion to dress up your crafting space. The book closes with a reference section which includes a motif directory, a glossary, and a stitch key.
Oh, and I can’t forget one of my favorite features of the book … the spiral binding! Yes, I love when pattern books are spiral bound. It makes it so easy to work from without having the book close on you every few minutes.
And are you thinking there might be another surprise in store from this book? You are right!! I received permission to share a motif pattern with you as well as the pattern for joining the motifs together. Keep an eye out … it’s coming soon.
Want to see a couple of my favorites from the book …