Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques (Paperback)

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Unexpected Afghans presents 29 innovative interpretations of a favorite at-home essential. From best-selling author Robyn Chachula comes an in-depth look into crocheting traditional afghans using contemporary techniques, colors and patterns.

Expert designers including Kristin Omdahl, Kathy Merrick, Kimberly McAlindin, and many more, provide an abundance of fresh patterns and projects that are perfect for new and advanced crocheters as they start out beginner-friendly and become more complex, allowing a crocheter to build skills and confidence. Designers at any level will enjoy:

   • A detailed technique's workshop in every chapter including cables, motifs, color, lace, and Tunisian crochet.
   • Helpful tips from designers for working through each afghan project.
   • Easy-to-follow charts and diagrams.
Along with tons of beautiful afghan projects for all skill levels, you'll find many of your favorite designer's biographies--giving you an exploration into their inspiration.

About the Author

Robyn Chachula is the author of Blueprint Crochet (Interweave), Baby Blueprint Crochet (Interweave), and Mission Falls Goes Crochet. She has been published in a number of magazines, including Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today! She has appeared on Knit and Crochet Today and as a guest on Knitting Daily TV. Robyn's patterns have appeared in books, including Interweave Presents Crochet Gifts, Sensual Crochet, Not Your Mamma's Crochet, Catwalk Crochet, Vogue on the Go: Crocheted Shawls, Crochet Me, and Stitch & Bitch: Men. She has also designed for yarn companies, including JCA Crafts, SWTC, Mission Falls, and Artful Yarns.

Praise For…

Praise for Robyn Chachula's previous title, Baby Blueprint Crochet:

Flamie Award Winner 2011 for best designer, children.
Nominated as Best Book of 2010 by Crochet Liberation Front.

"I hope you’ll take a look at Baby Blueprint Crochet and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. For you new crocheters, Robyn is a genius and experienced teacher. She is known for breaking down instructions clearly and for visual crochet, which is the use of charts. Robyn’s instructional section in the book is like none-other. I will use it for a reference from here on out. For experienced crocheters, you will love the ease and sophistication of these projects." - Spudandchloe.com/blog

"As with her other books, Chachula pays special attention to detail in her patterns and finishing. There’s plenty of help in this book to get you through each project. Beginners and more experienced crocheters will benefit equally from the details Chachula includes." CraftGossip.com

Robyn is innovative in her construction and designs, while still down to earth and realistic about what little kids will wear. This book is a must-have.” PetitePurls.com

"Irresistible, Darling, & Super Cute are what I would describe when surfing through this Fabulous Book." - Michael Sellick, The Crochet Crowd

"We've all seen thousands of baby wearables, cute as can be, but Robyn has a very original approach." - Crochet Insider

"Modern, Cheery, Useful Designs" - Annie's Attic

Praise for Robyn Chachula's previous title, Blueprint Crochet:

"Recommended for public libraries." Library Journal

"One of the most educational (and inspirational) crochet books I've read...[the] quick introduction on the basics of crochet symbols and charts completely blew me away." Classic Elite Web-Letter

"Chachula, a self-described visual crocheter, here marries her crafty innovation with her background as a structural engineer...She's able to lay out her often intricate designs while avoiding the lengthy mess of abbreviations into which crochet directions often devolve." Yarn Market News

"Robyn's combined all of her technical expertise with an unleashed imagination, and one gorgeous garment is featured after the other...This is a beautiful book." Crochet Insider

"Chachula brings her engineering background into the world of crochet, emphasizing things like shape, drape, and structural context to create eye-catching designs." CraftGossip.com

"An excellent resource for those wishing to pursue blueprint crochet." Suite101.com

"I am happy to see some new great fashion designs for crochet. This book has what many other crochet books do not have, Crochet Symbols." Knitting News

"Directions for the projects in the book are given in graphic, not written, modewhich makes sense since Chachula is a former structural engineer turned crochet designer. Once you grasp the idea of following the design 'blueprint,' it's easy to do and easier to follow than written directions." Bangor Daily News

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596682993
ISBN-10: 159668299X
Publisher: Interweave
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Pages: 160
Language: English