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Touchably Textured Baby Afghans Book - Five Crochet Designs by Barbara English

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Touchably Textured Baby Afghans: 5 Designs to Crochet

Book Title: Touchably Textured Baby Afghans: 5 Crochet Designs
Author: Barbara English
Publisher: Leisure Arts
Copyright Date: 2009
ISBN 13: 978-1-60140-873-0
ISBN 10: 1-60140-873-0
Format: Softcover With Staple Binding
Number of Pages: 17 including the inside back cover
Cover Price: $6.95 US dollars

Book Premise:

This book delivers five different textured baby afghan patterns. All of these patterns are easy to crochet.

The Baby Afghans:

Rainbow Puffs Baby Afghan: This afghan is pictured on the front cover of the book. You'll crochet it using cluster stitches and puff stitches. Occasional color changes also help to keep things interesting; this pattern features stripes of a contrasting variegated yarn. The variegated yarn is also used to create the edging. The photography sample was crocheted in "girly" colors, but with a color change, I think the overall design could work for either baby girls or baby boys.

This baby afghan measures 35 inches by 49 inches when complete.

Summer Fresh Baby Afghan: This is my favorite afghan in the book; it's a classic pattern that looks like an interesting project. Rich texture gives the pattern visual interest. It's a solid color design, so if you don't want to hassle with color changes, this is a good pattern to look at. The photography sample was crocheted in a peach colorway of Caron Simply Soft yarn, which would be great for a baby girl; a quick color change could make this design boy-friendly.

This baby afghan measures 35 inches by 46 inches when complete.

Precious Treasure Baby Afghan: This is a beautiful baby afghan. The design is a bit "girlier" than the others featured in the book, due to a lacy edging topped with pretty picot stitches. This design makes interesting use of a loop stitch. The afghan also features a diamond pattern in what appears to be surface crochet slip stitches on the right side of the fabric. The author describes this technique as "chaining up," a term I am unfamiliar with, but from reading the instructions I'm guessing it's what I refer to as surface crochet. At any rate, I have concerns that the instructions in this pattern might not be clear to newer crocheters, although the pattern is marked as "easy".

This baby afghan measures 33.5 inches by 41.5 inches when complete.

Kissed by Sunshine Baby Afghan:

This is another textured afghan crocheted using cluster stitches. There are two contrasting colors used to create the design. This is a unisex pattern which works well for either baby boys or baby girls.

This baby afghan measures 33 inches by 42.5 inches when complete.

Cloud Soft Comfort Baby Afghan: Here's another classic baby afghan design that's great for babies of either gender. The pattern utilizes treble crochet stitches, cluster stitches, cross stitch and double cross stitch for loads of interesting texture. The sample baby afghan is worked in a pastel variegated yarn, but would be nice in solid-colored yarns too.

This baby afghan measures 38 inches by 43 inches when complete.

General Crochet Instructions:

The general instructions in this book cover less than three pages, and are not comprehensive. If you don't already know how to crochet, this book will not teach you; feel free to utilize the free resources on our web site for learning how to crochet. The general instructions cover things like the crochet abbreviations used in the book, gauge, crochet hook sizes, joining with single crochet, half double crochet, or double crochet, plus yarn information etc.

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