75 Floral Blocks to Knit, by Lesley Stanfield
St. Martin's Griffin
January 22, 2013; 128 Pages
So you might be wondering why a crocheter like me is reviewing a book on knitting. Well, my friends at St. Martin's have a terrific line of craft books, including 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet which is also by Lesley Stanfield, 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barden, 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio, and 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet by Leonie Morgan (due out in March 2013). And they have been kind enough to share some of them with me (and that means I get to share them with you!).
Now you might be wondering if I have enough knitting knowledge to be able to provide you with an accurate review. The answer is of course I do! Don't let the fact that I have only recently joined the legions of bi-craftual yarn enthusiast color your confidence in me. The truth is that while my knitting experience is limited, my experience with books, these books in particular is not.
Like all patterns in the series they (seem to be) easy to follow and are accompanied by an excellent photo. Charts are included where appropriate, and the skill level is noted on each one. And finally the Projects. Since the book focuses on the squares, there are only a few and they really serve to give you ideas of what you can do with your work. They are creative and urge you to look beyond the standard blanket.
Is there anything that I don't like about the book? To be honest not really. The only thing that I noticed is there are fewer beginner patterns than intermediate and advanced. I counted 19 out of the 75 are for beginners and 10 of them are in the Pictorial Design category which seems a bit out of balance. As a beginner myself it feels like the book is geared for a more experienced knitter. However, the only way to advance is to try new things and practice until it's not hard anymore!
So my friends there you have it. A crocheter's review of a lovely little book of knitting. Lesley Stanfield is clearly a talented fiber artist as this book and her others show. Whether knitting or crocheting she brings beautiful, original designs to life offering a tremendous variety of patterns.
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A few things about the giveaway. First, please know that the books that St. Martin's sends me are newly published or advance copies that they have asked me to review. The opinions that I express are my honest views about the books and are not influenced in anyway by the publisher. Second, this is my first giveaway using the Rafflecopter entry form. Please let me know if you find it difficult. The raffles are for you and I want them to be friendly and easy to enter. Next, I'm sure it says it somewhere, but this giveaway ends on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at midnight. I'll announce the winner within 48 hours. And finally, this giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. If I can mail it to you through the USPS please feel free to enter!
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