Book Review – 2016 Herrschners Award-Winning Afghans

I love books. I have always loved books. I have so many books that I could open my own library…actually, I have more books than I have seen in some smaller libraries I’ve been in. Naturally, I like talking about my books. Crochet and craft books are no different.

About two weeks before Christmas I requested a Herrschners catalog because I was looking for yarn for a mantis shrimp project I am going to be working on. As I was going through it I found a kit for the afghan on the right in the above picture. While I love the idea of kits, since they have all the supplies you need for a project, I also don’t like the idea of not getting to pick my supplies. A friend of mine told me that he thought that the poinsettia would look nice in grey. He’s probably right. After all, Herrschners’ also offers it in blue.

Not wanting to purchase a kit I went in search of the pattern. Lucky for me it was published in the 2016 Herrschners’ Award-Winning Afghans book. For a little less than the kit, i was able to get a book (did I mention I love books?) that has 23 afghans in it, of which there is at least 5 I want to make, including the one on the cover. I don’t have any small children at home, but this book has some lovely baby blanket patterns and some fun and awesome patterns for toddlers and young children like this adorable fish afghan.

I can’t help but think this fish would make a rather cool rug for a bathroom. I may have to look into what I need to do to make that happen. In the meantime my friends’ niece will have to serve as my ‘excuse’ to make at least one of the baby blankets found in the book.

There are projects for all experience levels, the directions are easy to read and come with instructional illustrations. Full colour grafts are included for those patterns that rely on them. I’m rather happy with the book and I can’t wait to get started on the poinsettia afghan once I tackle the biggest obstacle of every project – deciding what colour to make it in.

I also purchased the 2014 edition of Award-Winning Afghans at the same time. It only has 4 patterns in it and feels more like a Leisure Arts leaflet than a book of patterns. I am really happy that Herrshners’ decided to start publishing all their pattern winners in one book instead of separate ones by category (ie. the children’s afghans used to have their own book). I hope they continue to do this because it is more cost effective and it means fewer books to store when not in use.

Now I just have to wait patiently to see what is going to be in the 2017 Herrschners’ Award-Winning Afghans book.


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