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201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas

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201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas

Provided by Cico Books

Reviewed by Audrey Huggett


For anyone looking for inspiration for their next project, Niki Trench’s 201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas is rife with possibilities.  This helpful companion is perfect for knitters who love creating afghans or who are interested in designing their own patterns.  The book is split into three sections—blocks, projects, and basic techniques.  Each section is full of fascinating ideas, gorgeous pictures, and helpful hints.  The blocks section is particularly well thought out; each block pattern has instructions, a chart, and a picture of the motif knitted up.  The pictures of the knitted motifs are particularly helpful, since charts can sometimes fail to communicate the way a pattern will really look when knitted.

The second half of the book puts the blocks patterns to work.  The patterns in 201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas draw heavily on the motifs detailed in the first section of the book.  I enjoyed seeing how Trench utilized different motif ideas.  Looking at her work is a good way to figure out how to use the motifs in your own knitting.  The patterns cover a range of projects; afghans, gloves, and baby toys all make appearances in this fun book.  Overall, I’d say the patterns and ideas in this book are aimed more at a beginning to intermediate skill level, though more experienced knitters will be able to draw inspiration from the motif patterns.  

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wow this sounds amazing would love to see all the inspiration I recently had to retire due to company closure so starting to knit and crochet. budget definitely suffered so can't afford to splurge still best way to gift anymore , but best way to gift in family

I love knitting books, that's how I taught myself to knit 8 years ago. They are still my main reference source. This looks like a great one to add to my library.

I have been knitting for more than 60 years. I learned when it was recommended as a way to strengthen my left hand after it was partially paralyzed by polio. I am always interested in adding new books to my collection and learning new techniques to improve my knitting. This book looks very interesting.

Looks very interesting!

great book definetly one I would love to have especially with charts,photos,to guide anyone for a great finish.

I would love to add this book to my knitting library.

I have never seen motifs with this type of design on them before, and the projects look really fresh and exiting!! I'd really like to be able to get my hands on a copy of this book!!

This looks wonderful! I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a little girl. But I am always looking for helpful hints and patterns. These look update in styling.

This sounds like a really great book that's filled with lots of fun and useful ideas. I'm always looking for embellishment ideas and this book looks like it would have a lot of patterns. I especially love the pillow on the front cover.

very interesting to have blocks and ideas on how to use them

Great to have not only the pattern, but also chart AND a photo of what the finished work looks like... so often it is hard from even the chart to tell what the work actually is like when finished. Sounds like a great book.

This definitely has my attention. My first fibercraft was crochet and I have always loved the motif approach as it is small and easy to have along with me wherever I go. These days, I choose between knit and crochet based on the patterns that grab me.


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