Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques (Interweave, $22.95) presents 29 innovative interpretations of a favorite crochet essential, the beloved afghan, from best-selling author Robyn Chachula and her team of expert designers and crochet masters. Unexpected Afghans offers a new perspective on how to create fresh, vibrant afghans using contemporary techniques, colors, and patterns.
“The results are astounding,” says author Robyn Chachula. “I asked each crochet designer to use the afghan as a vehicle to showcase their favorite aspect of crochet. Some went colorful, some turned to granny motifs, and others came up with intricate stitch patterns. Each project highlights the beauty of crochet cables, colorwork, lace, granny motifs, or Tunisian crochet. Plus, every project has the intimate stamp of the designer’s unique inspiration.”
The 29 pillows and blankets are broken down into five chapters: cables, granny motifs, color, lace, and Tunisian, and each chapter opens with a small pillow project to ease the readers into working on a larger project like the afghans that follow. Each chapter is like a guided workshop, leading the reader from beginner to advanced projects, with helpful tips and inspirational snippets from designers and easy-to follow charts and diagrams to accompany each design.