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Fair Isle to Crochet: 5 Afghans for the Family by Karen Ratto Whooley

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Fair Isle to Crochet Book by Karen Ratto-Whooley

Fair Isle to Crochet Book by Karen Ratto-Whooley

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Book Details

Book Title: Fair Isle to Crochet: 5 Afghans for the Family
Author: Karen Ratto Whooley
Publisher: Leisure Arts
Copyright Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-601405265
Format: Softcover With Staple Binding
Number of Pages: 20, not counting the covers
Cover Price: $7.95 US dollars
Skill Level: Intermediate

Book Premise:

This book focuses on multicolored Fair Isle afghans to crochet; when looking at the finished afghans, the overall effect is stunning and colorful. However, if you look closely, you'll notice that each row only includes two colors, making the colorwork manageable and fun.

Each afghan design features a color photograph with chart and complete instructions for crocheting.

The Patterns:

There are five afghan patterns included in the book. Two of these patterns are for baby afghans; two are for children; one is for grown-ups, and is guy-friendly.

  • Southwest Warmth
  • Girl's Cozy Afghan
  • Kid's Winter Warmer
  • Baby Snowflakes
  • Baby Hearts


  • These afghans are designed in such a way that you won't have to weave in any ends. Instead, you'll use the ends to create lovely fringe at the edges of your afghan.
  • Excellent color choices throughout
  • Excellent photography and photo styling; each photograph is inspiring
  • Clear, easy-to-read instructions; beautiful color charts
  • These patterns feature widely available yarns
  • Cons:

    I have nothing critical to say about this book; I think it's well-done and inspiring.


    In my opinion, this book is a fantastic value for the money. I recommend it to any crocheter who has reached a skill level of intermediate (or is willing to work to achieve that skill level.)

    Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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