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Beyond the Basic Granny Square - Part 1

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101 Granny Squares – New Motifs for Contemporary Designs edited by Carol Alexander

This book contains patterns by 26 designers, many very well known. Basic granny squares are incorporated into cardigans, jewelry, purses, clothing, hats, curtains, tablecloths, and rugs. A few I really like are the Reversible Button & Beads Headband and the free-form Bag Lady purse. There are several granny square motifs provided for use in a poncho. You could choose one design or several to create a beautiful bedspread. One of my all-time favorites is the Pretty Patchwork afghan by Margret Willson shown on the cover.

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200 Crochet Block for Blankets, Throws and Afghans by Jan Eaton

When you are ready to move beyond a basic granny, this book offers some interesting alternatives. You can follow the suggested combination of blocks or create your own. The nice thing is the coordinating blocks are sized to fit together if you use the same weight yarn. I especially like the Floral Fantasy combination on page 29. She also offers some edging choices to add that personal touch to your finished project.

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Tanis learned the basics of Interlocking Crochet™ at a class presented by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. For the next 14 years she experimented with this technique – creating new designs and developing unique ways to use it. Tanis is an award-winning crocheter, an experienced teacher and a bestselling crochet author. She is a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and has a CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques.

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