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#1 Amy

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:28 PM

Interlocking Crochet by Tanis Galik
Paperback edition at amazon
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Published by Krause Publications

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Have you become bored with all your standard crochet projects and techniques? Have you been thinking about learning something new and expanding your crochet horizons? Tanis Galik's book Interlocking Crochet may be just what you're looking for.

Interlocking crochet is a technique where two layers of filet mesh crochet are worked simulatneously (usually in different colors) and woven together. Some may be familiar with different names for this technique: double filet, intermeshing, or interweave crochet. This technique allows you to achieve various geometric patterns by working stitches in front of or behind the other layer. You end up with a truly reversible fabric, often with a different design on either side.

Tanis starts her book with a short section on the basics of the interlocking process. The instructions here will get you up to speed on how the two layers work together to create your crochet fabric.

Next she provides a detailed stitch library. She gives you 10 single designs which look the same on both sides. She follows with 35 double designs, which look different on each side, effectively giving you 70 different designs.

She ends with ten different interlocking projects that will help you perfect this new skill. From scarves to totes to evening bags to baby blankets and afghans, you're sure to find a pretty project that strikes your fancy.

If you don't want to start on any of the projects, it would be very easy to translate any of the stitch patterns she provides into a washcloth or dishcloth.

This book would be a good addition to the technique section of anyone's crochet reference library.


Disclaimer: This book was received from the author as a complimentary press copy for review purposes, complete with personalized autograph.

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#2 cupcake

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:38 AM

I have this book. Found it in Dymocks in Melbourne. Initially the method messed with my mind. I did try for quite a while to understand how the interlock worked and pulled out numerous errors, but once I had the technique sorted it was fun.

I have completed one of the projects in there which I will photograph and share. The technique results in quite a heavy blanket, uses a truckload of yarn ( almost double as it is double thickness). I really liked the reverse pattern effect which is better with stronger conststing colours than the pastels I used. This technique is not for the faint hearted however I really enjoy looking at the pictures and plan to do the rug on the cover.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:38 PM

I borrowed it from the library and really wasn't sure what to think of it.
It looks kind of complicated.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:52 PM

I just finished the purse it will be one of my state fair entries this year and did a small necklace with one of the alternating sides patterns that will also be a state fair entry. I struggled the first time I borrowed the book from the library but the second time it all made sense.

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