I didn't know I wanted to crochet a giant alternative granny square using my leftover partial skeins until I spied this one on Pinterest, where I invest my primo procrastination efforts lately.
Fueled also by my utter admiration of Chawne's scrappy color quilting and improvisational knit blankets.
The presence of these books = final kicker. The softcover Jan Eaton 200 Crochet Blocks has the motif for my square, called Chocolate Box. If you're even vaguely considering the best swap around, this is the book you want.
The other title, Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein is a hardcover worthy of inclusion in every knitting library. Like all her books, it's beautifully layed out, with well-lit detailed photos of each square, and clear instructions & charts.
The range is pretty amazing, from simple stockinette & ribs through fussy sculptural features you might place on a purse, pocket or blanket. There're some patterns included, but I say get it as a reference resource & for inspiration. Many of the blocks can be repeated along a scarf or garment, and she includes beaded squares, modular techniques, textural imagery, unusual cables, and fun colorwork, too.
See what I mean?
Whew, that might be the longest I've gone in days not thinking about my square. ahem. I've added a few rounds since I made the top photo yesterday, and now realize that my smaller partial skeins are quickly eaten up in the growing square. These three, for example, are history.
These I have a pretty good amount of. I'd planned to only use skeins sitting here, leftovers from other projects. Solids only, thankyouverymuch. But I already caved today, purchasing a skein of Cascade 220 in an orangely hue,9465, to liven things up as my options get more limited. I also have a lot of red, from all the red scarf activity in recent years, and a good amount of yellowy gold, dark brown and a greyish blue.
So, to sum up: no need to call me a block head, but obsessed might not be too far from the truth.
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official disclaimer: Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein was sent to me for review by PotterCraft (my publisher, too). I don't say nice things about a book unless they are 100% true.