Blog Tour Stop: Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook

I first met Ellen Gormley last year at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH. I will admit, I was nervous. See, sometimes, I have trouble believing I’m a “grownup designer”, so when I meet other designers, I’m still a little star-struck. 🙂 Ellen is wonderful and so giving and kind.

Unfortunately, following what is now becoming a trend, I apparently do not have a photo of just Ellen and me together from conference. However, unlike with Karen’s blog tour, I do have a photo with Ellen (and our little gang that week, apologies everyone, you’re popping up, too!):

Ellen is standing behind and to the right of me.

Anyway, I was thrilled and excited about being a stop on her blog tour for her new book: Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop. When she told me the book was on its way to me, I waited with baited breath. Seriously, I’ve seen her work, I knew this had to be awesome. Also, I love motifs. Living in Florida, it’s the easiest way to make blankets because you can work on small motifs during the summer and then put it together in the winter (or on a day you’re willing to blast the a/c really low). 🙂

When the book came in, I immediately stopped what I was doing and flipped through it. This book is very well done. Now, other bloggers have talked about the bigger things: the motifs, the finished blanket patterns, and the great tips and tricks. All these are fabulous and you should definitely check out this book for those things. However, I want to talk about the first thing that grabbed me about this book….

The details!

I tend to notice the little things. Attention to detail makes my brain happy. These are things I’m not sure everyone else notices right away, but I did. So I’m going to talk about them.

Here’s a pic of one of the rectangle motif pages:

Do you see what I see? The colors up in the corner on those little boxes match the awesome colors in the motif! How cool is that? And what I didn’t show you was that the colors in the stitch diagram also coordinate.

Now, here’s what’s really cool. See those little boxes up in the corner? I thought they were just some nifty art trick to add interest. Until I got to the pages with other shapes. Here’s a page from the octagon section:

Do you see that???? The shape in the corner matches the motif shape! Ack! My little over organized brain had a total happy moment right then.

Another cool thing? This is a spiral bound book. Which means it will lay flat while you crochet. LOVE this!

More about the book:

The motifs are separated into the various sections depending upon the shape (squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, and octagons). There are ten motifs of each shape and she not only shows you these motifs, she shows you which of the other motifs in the book will coordinate with it.

In the beginning of each motif section, Ellen tells you how to best lay out the motifs to put them together. In the beginning of the book, she talks about the various ways to connect motifs together. If you’ve ever avoided doing motifs because of the joining, check this section out. It will change your mind.

I also love that she has a section on color choice. I have the hardest time with colors and figuring out what goes with what. Even after taking three years of art classes in high school. So, to get some real tips and tricks really helps.

Finally, at the end of the book are ten different afghan patterns using the motifs in the book. They range from beginner (and stunning) to an advanced one that uses every one of the motifs in the book. LOVE!

If you’re like me, and you love motifs, do yourself a favor and go get this book! It is definitely one that will reside on my “easy to get to” shelf.