Crochet Kaleidoscope Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng

source: free ARC via NetGalleyF+W Media/Interweave
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title: Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs
published: Interweave (January 31, 2018)
pages: 160
genre: crochet patterns/crafting
rated: 5 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
Stitch up a colorful kaleidoscope of crochet!

Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch.

Along with a collection of 100 fresh motifs, this book includes a complete guide to choosing yarn colors, what order to put them in, and how many to include. Plus, get five home decor and accessory patterns including a table runner, pillow, and rug from crochet designer and author Sandra Eng. You can shift shapes and shades to make the perfect piece for your home.

Every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope allows you to get creative with color and apply your own unique personality to your crochet motifs.

my thoughts: I have to say pattern designer Sandra Eng is a wonderful fiber artist and I love her creativity. She says she has a passion for geometry and it is apparent in her work. I was familiar with her crochet through her Instagram account so when I saw that Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs was available for request through NetGalley, I jumped at the chance.

“Crochet Kaleidoscope was born out of my love of crochet, color and geometry. While most of you likely share my love of crochet and color, my fascination with geometry is perhaps somewhat more obscure. Nevertheless, I imagine that many of you also find delight in the ways you can combine crocheted shapes to create intricate and exquisite tapestries.” -Sanda Eng

This pattern book is for the advanced beginner and on. I feel like there are plenty of motif patterns here to get your crochet muse going. Just browsing through this book made me want to grab my hook and yarn.

I loved the presentation throughout. The pictures are vivid and the patterns are written clearly. The designer discusses color combinations and shares ideas for colors that will compliment each other.

“Color theorists assert that both complementary and analogous pairings of color can contribute to aesthetically pleasing palettes.”- Sandra Eng

There are patterns for 100 motifs here, circles, squares, hexagons, triangles and other shapes. Included in the book are also patterns for five projects you can create using the motifs throughout. This is a screenshot of the “Mod Flower Shawl” which I think is gorgeous.
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I worked up a sample square and found that the pattern was easy to follow and well written. This is definitely a pattern book that you can keep dipping in and out of. A new favorite!

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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my free review copy of Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs via NetGalleyF+W Media/Interweave.

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12 thoughts on “Crochet Kaleidoscope Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng

  1. Isn’t that shawl lovely? I can just imagine how wonderful it would be to wrap yourself up in that, grab a cup of coffee and read all afternoon! So glad you enjoyed this one and loved you sharing a sample of what you made!

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  2. Oh wow, that mod flower shawl is beautiful. One of these days I’m going to have to learn how to crochet. Everyone I know who does it loves it. I’ll have to let them know about this book too since it sounds like it has some great stuff in it.

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  3. I speak to so many young people who come into the shop, who have taught themselves to both knit and crochet through YouTube tutorials, when many of the parents don’t have a clue about yarns, or the crafts at all!

    This is where YouTube and other social media forums come into their own, it’s just such a shame that the minority have to destroy it for the majority and that the majority are the ones to suffer every time!

    I must admit that I tend to make my crocheted Afghans in one large piece, as I am not very patient with joining individual motifs together, either by sewing or with crochet seams. I do like this book however and that shawl is amazing. It would be good if you could work one up sometime 🙂

    Nice pleasant post to read on a miserable Sunday afternoon 🙂

    Yvonne

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    • Isn’t that interesting the way the youtube tutorials help so much? My aunt taught me the basics of crocheting and knitting when I was 12 then I didn’t pick up a hook again until I was 20 and I had pretty much forgotten what she showed me so I bought a manual and relearned that way. I remember how frustrated I would get and how the patterns looks like foreign writing to me at first lol. I still have that old crochet instruction book around here somewhere…lol.
      I like the one piece projects too, since I hate weaving in ends and if you don’t weave them in right, they look messy.
      Hope your Sunday afternoon brightens up. Have a nice week!

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