Item description for Under Cover: 60 Afghans to Knit and Crochet by Amanda Keiser & Dan Howell...
Why come out from under the covers, when these glorious classic and contemporary afghans are so cozy and beautiful? Sixty fabulous patterns, gathered in a concealed spiral-bound volume that conveniently stays open for easy reading, feature blankets for both knitters and crocheters that range from simple to advanced. A Soft Diamonds Afghan features delicate, creamy-white wool with blue edging, and is beautiful enough to drape decoratively over a chair or couch. Or, make a Shell Crochet Baby Blanket, a very masculine Plaid Tapestry, a Handloomed Homespun Afghan, an Open Window design with a matching pillow, and many other exquisite designs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 9" Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Binding Spiral Bound
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Sixth&Spring Books
ISBN 1933027304 ISBN13 9781933027302
Availability 0 units.
More About Amanda Keiser & Dan Howell
Malcolm is editor in chief of Vogue Knitting.
Trisha Malcolm currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Trisha Malcolm was born in 1960.
Reviews - What do customers think about Under Cover: 60 Afghans to Knit and Crochet?
Something for everyone Aug 8, 2008
This book of afghans offers so many lovely (and easy) patterns that I've ordered many others as presents for my family and friends. I'm a crocheter and I'm happy to say that each afghan I loved was made for crocheting. On the cover is one of my favorites and I've made three of them already. This book has an afghan for every style you could want;ripple, granny squares, weaving and just plain simple stitches that are brought together in unusual and beautiful ways. I haven't found any that were too hard to figure out. The directions are clear and each afghan has a corresponding picture to help with any questions. I wish it came in a Book II.
Ok but not a great book all around Jul 25, 2008
This book is a hardback book with spiral binding which you know is priceless. The blankets contained within are mostly crochet as has been stated in other reviews.
Yarns used in this book are Bernat, Caron, Coats and Clark, Lion, and Patons which I find to be all decent yarns without spending a fortune.
There are 7 "chapters" or categories in this book: ~Easy stripes: The section contains 9 patterns which are just that "striped". These blankets nearly all are level "easy" and are made with sc and dc throughout. One ripple pattern in this section is unlike any I have seen before(intermediate). Although I haven't made this afghan, it is absolutely gorgeous in the picture they show. One pattern is a "shell" style and one has a "spike stitch". The rest are very plain. ~Home essentials: 7 afghans in this section ranging from easy to experienced. Open style mesh like diamonds, plaid, waves, raised diamonds on a sc base, knitted boucle, 2 strands held together, embroidered water lily panels. None of these blankets were captivating although they were mostly "timeless" ~Timeless Classics: 9 afghans, 8 of which are knit and one is afghan stitch. these range from easy to intermediate. I do not knit but most look plain. There is a pillow and blanket set with a basic k,p or k2,p2 pattern. One called "Lacy Fern afghan" is quite gorgeous. "First Cable Afghan" is pretty and is listed as easy. There is a octagon motif, ripple, blocks, and another cable afghan. The afghan stitch one is that of a watering can with flowers sprouting out of it, not that great. ~Quilty pleasures: 5 patterns-crochet and afghan stitch. Three are pieced together with motifs of different varieties and one is a ripple. Most are pretty but not amazing. ~Retro Chic: 7 patterns-granny squares, amish blocks, american star(small motifs), harlequin diamonds, christmas rose. Harlequin diamonds is pretty the rest are boring. ~Nursery Call: 13 patterns. Several are knit and GORGEOUS! One is a scene of airplanes that would be amazing for a little boy. One has yellow ducks and is cute. Another has sail boats, lambs, blocks, and balls. This one is so cute! The colors they used are Patons periwinkle, gold, aran, and brown. I would LOVE this for my little boy. The crochet ones are mile a mile and granny square type. More boring stuff. ~On a Whim: 7 patterns, "Autumn Treasure" is a pretty neat pattern with 3 different sized blocks together to make a blanket. The colors they chose aren't the greatest but I could see this one made really beautiful! Stars and Stripes is made in blocks and the stars have 8 points which seems really wacky in the "red, white, and blue" color pattern. Some squares are stars others are stripes. There is a knit pattern that I think is AMAZING! It is a commemorative police throw. The next pattern is a commemorative fireman throw that is done in afghan stitch that is almost as great. There is a crazy crescent moon shaped "Santa" made in blocks of afghan stitch which is ok but kind of wierd. The final pattern is an afghan stitch shell motif that is lacking to say the least.
Overall, this book has some really beautiful pictures. A few of the patterns are worth making and others are worth tossing out. The few knit patterns there are, most are pretty. This is quite the contrary on the crochet side. There are a lot more but there is also a lot more hideous patterns. If you can find this book used, it might be worth your money.
Good for crocheters! May 13, 2008
There's a wonderland of possabilities for you to use your yarn stash here. Most of the projects are for crocheters, and there's some very well-done stuff here that you won't find for free on the Internet.
A major plus of this volume is the way it lays out flat so that you can more easily access the information (if necessary) while working.
The photography is absolutely first rate, and if you are the kind of crafts person who finds inspiration from beautiful presentation, this book is most definitely for you.
Good patterns and book design Sep 22, 2007
If you crochet or both knit and crochet,you should be pleased with these patterns. The majority are for crocheters and,although the designs are traditional,there are quite a variety. This book is not for people who only knit or are looking for trendy designs because there are few of either. I especially liked the categorization for patterns (e.g., "easy stripes", "timeless classics")and the spiral binding is great (wish all knit and crochet books would use it).The graphed designs are generally well done. All in all,the book is worth the price.
mostly crochet Sep 17, 2007
Despite the negative reviews, I ordered this and am not disappointed. Of the 60 afghans, less than 1/3 are for knitters but crocheters have a nice assortment. The spiral binding which lays flat is great. The book has no introduction, no learning pages and also no attributions to the designers. Five of the big yarn companies have contributed all the patterns but I've been checking their websites and haven't found any of them around. Each pattern has one page of instructions and one very pretty page in color of the afghan. I really want to knit Go graphic which begins in the center of a square and works out with M1 stitches for 5 colors altogether. Another center start square also knit is Nursery throw.Octagon afghan also knit is an interesting one being done in octagons and squares. The crochet afghans have some interesting items also: Amish blocks is very attractive as is Harlequin diamonds and Prairie star. Floral water lily is a nice one in afghan stitch with a pretty embroidery worked after. Autumnal harvest done in a variegated with yellow and cream colors also, is very bright and attractive. There are several ripple and granny afghans to choose from. Two unusal afghans are commemoratives, one for police and one for firemen and they need duplicate stitch or embroidery added. All of the afghans appear to be quite easy to make.