Friday, June 03, 2011

Fair Isle to Crochet by Leisure Arts

Fair Isle to Crochet by Leisure Arts  , 5 Afghans for the family by Karen Ratto-Whooley is an interesting book if you are looking for charts.  It will not teach you Fair Isle, nor will it teach you to crochet a proper Color Stranded gauge swatch.  When I first saw this booklet I thought  it would enhance my knowledge of color work in Crochet, but it did n't and it can't.  There is value in buying a booklet with 5 Afghans patterns with some colorful charts, but even at that, there is a lot that could have been done, that was not done in this book, to really teach people about color work in crochet.  I want to rename this booklet after I read it and call it Pretty Charted Ideas for Crochet Afghans.  Even the finishing techniques are just simple, but does not tell you that you can choose to finish this afghan in a different way.  It assumes you want to make an Afghan with  tassels or fringe at the ends.  I think the author should have added that you could add a frame around the afghan in single crochet as well so that you can hide the end by making weaving easy.  I shall say to all of you that this is not a book I recommend for it's instructional value on color techniques, it uses graphs that are public domain, and is not what I thought it would be. If you want to do some advance color work in Crochet I do not recommend this book for you, but if you are new to color in crochet a beginner that does not have any idea how to make charts or colors in crochet, this will be a book that  is worth looking at.  I had to revised my review because it sounded harsher than I wanted it to be. Sometimes things get lost in translation when is late at night. I intended no offense to the author, but I needed to express my personal opinion.

Well as of today June 17, 2011, I had the honor of having the author of the book comment on this posting.  This book is not what I wanted, but will definitely point you into the direction of Fair Isle Crochet as the Author commented below. Would I make the afghans in it?  I bet you I would, but I would find a way of not having the fringe on the sides, I personally don't like it.  Those ends can be weaved in and the fringe will be gone. Thanks for stopping by!

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