I love crochet afghan patterns that provide me with a solid
map of techniques and ideas but still leave enough room for me to exercise my
creativity and construct a final piece that feels uniquely mine.
|Examples of picture square patterns
In her new book, Reversible
Color Crochet: A New Technique, Laurinda Reddig teaches you how to create
incredible colorwork afghan squares. Her crochet intarsia technique is unique
and completely reversible, allowing you to experiment with shapes and images. You
can follow her suggestions for how to combine the included 28 block patterns or
design your own unique blankets.
Here is Laurinda to tell you more about her colorwork crochet.
Reversible Color Crochet
||Outrageous Fortune Afghan
In a craft that has been around as long as crochet, we
seldom come across anything truly new. Though reversible crochet colorwork may
not be a brand-new idea, the technique that I have developed is the result of
many years of experimentation and adapting techniques learned from others. The
result is a truly reversible colorwork that is not stiff and produced clean
lines, which allows for a wide variety of exciting designs.
I was first introduced to crochet colorwork through tapestry
crochet. A friend from high school taught me to use multiple colors and carry
the yarn under stitches. I began using the technique in my crochet, but I never
liked the look of the carried yarns peeking through taller stitches (such as
double crochet). Many years later, when I was expecting my first baby, my
father decided to knit an afghan covered in tiny intarsia animals for this
first grandchild. This opened my eyes to the possibility of having a separate ball
of yarn for each section of color, rather than carrying the unused colors.
When my son was a little older, I decided to make him an
afghan featuring a cartoon image that was created by using intarsia in crochet.
Whenever I changed colors, I simply did what made sense to me and carried the
old color up inside the stitches. Unlike knitting, the thicker stitches created
by crocheted fabric make it easy to hide the strands of the unused color,
making them reversible.
|Examples of "Quilt" square patterns
With this book, you can learn to create beautiful,
reversible colorwork by making just a few small changes in how you work the
yarn before and after color changes. So get out your hooks and start playing
Baby, lap, twin, king, or nap, design your own crochet
afghans, pairing your choice of geometric or pictorial crochet intarsia
squares. Order Reversible Color Crochet:
A New Technique today.
P.S. What is your favorite size afghan to crochet?