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Prelims i-iv Illustrated Contents List 5 * All main blocks listed and cross referenced * Grouping by technique * Grouping by degree of difficulty * Different types of blocks illustrated Introduction 8 HOW TO USE THE BOOK 11 * How to find and use the contents * Exploring the Afghan Block Directory * Understanding the techniques symbols * Choosing block patterns to match your skill level MIXING AND MATCHING BLOCKS 14 * How to choose blocks and combine them * Making a simple graph pattern of your afghan * Mixing textures * Combining solid colors and patterns * Working with lace and three-dimensional blocks * Exploring the world of color * How colors work together * Choosing yarns and hooks * Afghan sizes and variations * Display ideas AFGHAN BLOCK DIRECTORY 32 The directory contains over 200 different blocks, encompassing many different techniques and styles from the well-loved traditional squares through to modern pictorial and textured designs. * Granny blocks including Traditional Granny, Four-Patch and Nine-Patch Granny, Shaded Granny, Diagonal Granny, and Granny-with-a-Twist * Striped and checked blocks including Diagonal Stripes, Candies and Cream, Sequenced Stripes, Patriot Days, Checkerboard, and Collegiate Stripes * Multicolored geometric blocks including Broken Arrow, Cleopatra?s Needle, Italian Mosaic, Criss Cross, and Happy Patches * Textured blocks including Bobble Fantasy, Random Bobbles, Pineapple Poll, Baby Ruffles, String of Pearls, and Ears of Corn * Lace blocks including Filet Shamrock, Hearts All Aflutter, Lacy Marguerite, Mesh Magic, Art Nouveau, and Lace Pillow * Three-dimensional blocks including Irish Crochet Rose, American Beauty, Tudor Rose, Elizabethan Herbal, Leafy Garland, and Variegated Pansy * Pictorial blocks including Moon over the Mountain, Butterfly, Floating Island, Bumble Bee, Christmas Joy, and Heart in Hand TECHNIQUES 112 * Refresher course on working crochet stitches and understanding abbreviations * How to work a block in the round and in rows * Working textured stitches including bobbles and clusters * Lace techniques including filet crochet * Three-dimensional Irish crochet techniques * How to work multicolored designs * Different methods of joining blocks * Edging, ruffles and fringes Yarns used in this book 124 Index 127 Credits 128
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