Much More Than I Expected
At first glance, Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman appears to be an excellent resource for joining your crochet motifs. What I found after reading this book is that it is much more than motif joining inspiration.
I’ve always said one of the greatest things about crochet is that it requires very little materials. A couple crochet hooks, a few skeins of yarn, a pair of scissors and you’re in business. For many of us crocheting is a hobby, our passion. We reward ourselves by indulging in a few minutes of hooking time when our busy lives permit. That’s what makes it so great! You know what else we do? We reward ourselves by indulging in supplies related to our hobbies. I started out by purchasing a skein of yarn that “spoke” to me in the yarn isle. A few years of that and my totes, drawers and various other nooks and crannies are oozing with sweet strands of happiness. I have a new way of “rewarding” myself for my hard work, crochet books.
Crochet books are as abundant as brands of crochet hooks and yarn. The topics and learning opportunities are golden. Since I have directed my attention to crochet related books, you’ll be seeing a few book reviews pop up here on the blog. My goal is to provide you with a thorough and unbiased opinion, one crocheter to another. If I hate it, I’ll tell you. If I love it, I’ll tell you
Now let’s get back to Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs.
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs
Inside you will find 270 pages of techniques, tips, patterns and wisdom straight from the brilliant mind of Edie Eckman. This book is serious. I was completely shocked at the amount of additional information I found.
With a title like, Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, I fully expected a book full of joining techniques paired with some patterns and maybe a few diagrams. Boy was I wrong.
Break It Down: Part 1
In part one, you are greeted by a handy quick start guide letting you know what you need to keep in mind while working with the rest of the book.
The rest of part one is dedicated to techniques. Edie goes into great detail on some of the most sought after topics. Reading charts, starting and ending rounds, choosing yarn, working with color, creating and arranging shapes, join when you’re done or as you go, continuous motifs and edges & finishing are the techniques lined up in part one. We’re talking 44 pages devoted to just explaining what you need to know first and that was a huge win in my opinion.
You can expect lots of pictures to help you through these topics. These are very visual techniques and the publishers didn’t skimp on photography. Honestly, part one is my favorite section in the book. I will definitely refer to it for things other than motif joining.
Break It Down: Part 2
Now we’re getting down to the meat and potatoes of what this book is all about. In part two, Edie has dedicated 163 pages to nothing but motif and join patterns, 101 patterns to be exact.
You can expect a blend of traditional patterns (such as grannies) as well as some very unique designs. To keep things simple and easy to navigate, the patterns are broken down into categories:
- Classic Grannies
- A Little Double Crochet
- Gathered Chains
- Lacy Links
- Layered Mesh
- All Clustered
- Triple Petals
- Start With A Flower
- 3-D Fun (and yes, it is fun!)
- Picots in Plural
- Wheels and Shells
- Inner Connectivity
These patterns are well written and very organized, just what I like! I put one of the patterns to the test, motif #11 on page 62. Here are my motifs:
Yes, I’ve been following and writing patterns for many years but I know a lot of you are still new or just starting out. I adapted my thinking while following this pattern to see if it might be right for you.
What I found was that this pattern in particular is more suitable for an intermediate crocheter, someone who is comfortable with reading patterns and is familiar with slightly more advanced stitches.
One more thing to keep in mind: there is not a join pattern for every motif in the book. Some can be adapted, while others cannot. The motif I randomly chose to test did not come with a custom join pattern. I found this to be a little disappointing.
I made the mistake of thinking that the join pattern at the end of each section was suitable for the motif patterns immediately before it. I made all four motifs before realizing this. This was a great learning opportunity for the book review, however.
Be aware that you may have to adapt joining patterns when creating your own projects using the motif patterns provided.
Does this mean this book isn’t right for you?
No. Let’s keep digging.
Break It Down: Part 3
As if 208 pages of great information wasn’t enough, Edie took it one step further and added in 11 complete patterns featuring motifs!
These patterns range from easy to advanced, simple to complex. How fun would it be to work them all?! Here are the patterns you can expect in Part 3:
- Linen Place Mat
- Snowy Shaped Shawl
- Reversible Camp Rug
- Mary Frances Pincushions
- Layered Motif Afghan
- Summer Baby Blanket
- Pie Wedge Pillow
- Flower Garland
- Poet Vest (my personal favorite)
- Lacy Skirt
- Cottage Lamp Shade
As far as I’m concerned, these patterns are just icing on the cake.
Here’s my opinion of who might purchase this book
Person #1: You are a beginner or advanced beginner looking to build upon your foundation of crochet knowledge. You are looking for all the information you can get even if you don’t understand it all at once. You want a book you can “grow into”.
Person #2: You have been crocheting for a while and just can’t get enough. You love inspiration and patterns and learning from other people.
Person #3: You are crazy about crochet. You love to treat yourself with little gifts and books are no exception. You have a book shelf full of crochet books and you love spending a quite afternoon flipping through the pages looking to inspire your next project.
Person #4: You have or just finished reading Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman and are looking for the next book to follow up with.
That was a fun little exercise! Now I will say, this is all in great fun. I may have described you to a tee or I may have left you out completely. Let’s keep going.
What This Book Is and What It is Not
This book is…
- An excellent resource for crochet motifs and the techniques needed to advance your skills
- A pattern book (113 patterns in all)
- Easy to read and follow
- Well written and beautiful to look at
This book is NOT…
- A book full of motif joining patterns (about 30 out of 113 is what you can expect)
- An easy read for complete beginners
Overall, my experience with this book was great. The slight disappointment when the motif I worked up didn’t have a specific joining pattern was shadowed by the wealth of knowledge I had at my fingertips.
If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you probably know that I do not recommend a product that I don’t know, love and use myself. It goes against everything I stand for!
Fact is, I love Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs and I certainly recommend it to you.
Where Can You Get a Copy?
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs is available at nearly all the favorite stops. I personally love to use Amazon for purchasing books directly to my eReader or by taking advantage of the free shipping. If you would like to purchase your copy from amazon, you can do so at the following link (just click on the picture). You’ll have the option to choose the hard cover copy or the Kindle version.
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