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BOOK Review: Seamless Crochet Kristin Omdahl, part of Interweave's Blog Tour


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#1 Amy

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:21 PM

We're excited to announce that Crochetville has been invited to participate in Interweave's blog tour promoting Kristin Omdahl's newest book, Seamless Crochet. This book will teach you how to crochet with continuous motifs, so you don't have all those pesky ends to weave in at the end of your project!

Seamless Crochet, by Kristin Omdahl (styledbykristin)
Techniques and Designs for Join-As-You-Go Motifs + DVD
Click here to buy paperback version: $16.47 ($24.95 list price)
(Link to the book goes through Crochetville's Amazon Associates program.)
Published by Interweave Press
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Crochetville is so excited to have been asked by Interweave Press to participate in the blog tour promoting Kristin Omdahl's newest book Seamless Crochet. I've had the opportunity to spend time with Kristin at CGOA's Chain Link conference and the Stitches East conference put on by XRX. In addition to being a skilled designer with many innovative, fresh ideas, Kristin is just a genuinely nice and fascinating person. I'm looking forward to spending more time with her at upcoming crochet conferences.

I was able to see the shawl featured on the cover of Seamless Crochet in person at the Stitches East conference last fall. The Blissful Flowers shawl is made from Bijou Basin Ranch Bliss yarn (50% yak, 50% Cormo wool). This yarn is fabulous. (I'm lucky enough to have one skein of it myself. Look for an upcoming review of the yarn to be posted here, as well as a pattern I designed for it. Okay, back to the book review.) The shawl is absolutely gorgeous in person, and I totally fell in love with it. Only one problem: the shawl is made from 144 itty-bitty motifs. That means lots and lots of ends to weave in. I hate to weave in ends, don't you?

Well, lucky for us, so does Kristin! She has used an innovative method for every pattern in this book to eliminate all those pesky little ends. Wouldn't you love to only need to weave in ends when you had to move to a new skein of yarn? I was so excited about this technique!

Not only does Kristen use this technique for all the patterns in the book, she also teaches you how to adapt this technique so you can use it with any motif pattern you find. How great is that! Kristin first designed a variety of beautiful motifs, then modified the instructions to reflect her seamless technique. Next she designed projects designed to teach you how to manipulate the motifs to create different shapes. Without much assistance, most intermediate crocheters could figure out how to make a rectangular scarf, wrap, or afghan from any motif in the book. But what if you want to do MORE?

Kristin figured out how to use increases and decreases within the resulting motif fabric to make it possible to create 3-dimensional projects such as hats, sweaters, capes, and more. There's even a DVD included with the book that will teach you how to do the same thing, with Kristin walking you through a crochet-along as she creates a simple hat using one of the motifs from the book.

Seamless Crochet features 18 different patterns ranging from garments, accessories, and home decor projects. You'll find gorgeous pillows, blankets, scarves, shawls, and more.

In addition to written instructions, the book also contains detailed stitch diagrams for every pattern as well as construction diagrams when needed and gorgeous photos of the projects.

Take a look at some of these beautiful projects from the book. Don't they make you want to rush right out and buy a copy of the book so you can learn the seamless crochet technique so you'll never have to weave in ends again?

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Author Bio:

Kristin has published several best-selling crochet and knitting books and DVD workshops with Interweave, including
Wrapped in Crochet, Crochet So Fine, and A Knitting Wrapsody. Kristin also has her own pattern label KRISTIN and website, www.styledbykristin.com. She has appeared in every episode of Knitting Daily TV on public television as the show's Crochet Corner expert. You can also find Kristin teaching at various national crochet and knitting conferences. When she's not busy traveling, she enjoys knitting and crocheting in her orchid garden in sunny southwest Florida.

Video Interview:


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YouTube video link if you can't see the embedded video above.



Check out the rest of the blog tour:

You may also want to check out all the other participants in the blog tour! Each review will be posted on the date listed below.

1/25 AllFreeCrochet.com- Christine Weiher
http://www.allfreecrochet.com (giveaway)

1/26 Crochetville.org- Amy Shelton
http://www.crochetville.org/forum/

1/27 CraftGossip.com Crochet Guide- J.D. Wolfe
http://crochet.craftgossip.com/

1/30 Hook and I - Amy O'Neil Houck
http://www.thehookandi.com/

1/31 About.com Guide to Crochet- Amy Solovay
http://crochet.about.com/

2/1 Jimmy Beans Wool Blog - Kristen Ashbaugh
http://jimmybeanswool.blogspot.com/

2/2 Sara Likes to Make Stuff- Sara Wilburn
http://saralikestomakestuff.blogspot.com/

2/3 She Knits When She Should be Writing- Dana Wright
http://sheknitswhensheshouldbewriting.blogspot.com/

2/6 Rebecca Velasquez Designs
http://rebeccavelasquezdesigns.blogspot.com/

2/7 Yarn Thing Blog and Podcast- Marlaina Bird live interview with Kristin on her blogtalkradio show
http://knitthing.blogspot.com/

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#2 Amy

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:18 AM

Mark your calendars so you can remember to visit all these blogs to see what everyone else thinks of Kristin's new book!

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#3 Amy

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:05 AM

The book review has been posted!!!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:59 AM

mmmmm! :manyheart I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of this book!
There are so many wonderful motifs to play with in the crocheting world, but too many tails! And Kristen has some wonderful looking patterns! Her coaching would be just the thing to adapt motifs...this is great! (maybe I'll even learn what I'm doing wrong with a hat that is in my head to make for my sister! :wink)

Thank you Amy, for this great review, and thank you Interweave for putting Crochetville on your Blog Tour!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:40 PM

I love to see the things Kristin makes and love her patterns!!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 04:01 PM

This is so cool!!

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