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Review: Reversible Color Crochet
I'm really excited to see this book come out at last. I met Laurinda Reddig in person a couple years ago, and I could tell then that she'd what I'd call "the real deal" – a crafter who possesses deep technical skill, but also thinks in very original ways.
In Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique, Laurinda shares a colorwork method she developed from watching her father knit intarsia. Her technique allows you to make beautiful multicolor designs in crochet, using half-double and double crochet so you also end up with fluid fabric. Lest you question her cred, she's the woman who crocheted this Mystery Machine afghan, which you can read all about here.
First, the basics. The ins and outs of this kind of colorwork are documented in many illustrations, accompanied by Laurinda's well-written text. She has a wonderful way of making everything seem extremely simple. And she offers up so many good tips on managing multiple balls of yarn, weaving in ends in colorwork, troubleshooting problems, and more.
This book represents one of the very best integrations of instructional content and projects I've seen this year.
First, the book walks you through eight colorwork blocks, which start simple and gently grow in complexity. Each block gets very detailed coverage, so that you can learn precisely how to carry the colors and how to manage color changes for specific kinds of shapes. Along the way, you gain a whole range of basic reversible colorwork skills.
Laurinda then adds a little more complexity, and walks you through eight more blocks, some with complex angles and some based on traditional quilt block designs.
…And then later in the book, there are two patterns that let you combine these teaching blocks into pretty, modern afghans. I'm a big fan of this model, where the projects are designed as teaching tools while still managing to be beautiful.
From there, the book covers two series of "picture squares," which are also combined into afghan patterns. This space-themed blanket is just the cutest thing ever. (The other picture-block project is garden-themed, with flowers and dragonflies.)
Once you've mastered your colorowork skills, there are six more afghan patterns that make creative use of the blocks you learned earlier in the book. And I love the look of all of them – so bold and modern.
With the weather changing, I've started to yearn for my hook again. So you can bet I'll be spending some evenings with this book on my lap, learning the ways of colorwork.
(Disclosures: Interweave/F+W sent me a review copy, and the title link above is an affiliate link.)