500 Crochet Blocks by Hannah Elgie and Kath Webber
Published by Search Press
14th February 2013
When my bloggy friend Kath over at Inverleith published her crochet compendium I knew I'd have to go and get a copy. As a newbie(ish) hooker, I'm keen to increase my skills and do more than 'just a granny square'. Thankfully the lovely people over at Search Press were more than happy to accommodate my request and sent one through post-haste.
There is so much to choose from - obviously as it's titled 500 blocks, not less, not more! The book is divided into four sections:
- back and forth
- round and round
- colour work
- shaped motifs
You get clear instructions, in both written and chart format, plus a photo on how to do each square, and here's the clever bit, you get a variation on the same thing too. At the end of each section, are more variations for you to try.
I decided to attempt the 'evening sunset' square to make a cushion from. The instructions were easy to follow, and when I did make a mistake, the photo showed me exactly where I had gone wrong.
I've made 9 squares in total and I plan to join them together and then add a simple treble border around to fit the front of the cushion before doing a plain crochet back - sounds straight forward!
If you haven't already got a crochet compendium (I love that word), then I'd definitely recommend getting this book.