BOOK REVIEW: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match

Title: 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match
Author: Jan Eaton
Genre: Arts > Crafts > Crochet
My Rating:
Book Description:

From Art Deco-inspired geometric designs to traditional checkerboard stripes and elaborate motifs, this guide helps crafters rediscover crochet with more than 200 fabulous block patterns. Employing traditional styles and contemporary colors, crocheted blocks inspire crafters to create a dynamic palette of color, pattern, and texture by mixing, matching, and combining. Step-by-step instructions accompany each pattern, along with stunning photographs that encourage crocheters to explore a range of color combinations and coordinates. A directory of blocks is cross-referenced with symbols that describe the techniques used and the degree of difficulty, and each pattern is designed so that finished blocks are the same size when they are worked in yarn of the same weight. A useful refresher course of crochet stitches and techniques is included, as are patterns for edgings and instructions on making fringes to finish off afghans in style.

My Review

I got this book about 10 years ago. It is my go to book for when I need to crochet some squares (motifs). Every time I make a blanket I use at least 1 square out of this book.

The designs are nice and the directions are pretty much clear to me. Though to a very new crocheter the directions might be a little daunting but I think that is true with any new crocheter. In the back of the books she has information about the techniques she used for the squares in the book, edgings for blankets, colors, and a discussion on how different weight yarns make different sizes.

How I Format my Book Reviews On My Site

Book ReviewI always seem to be asking Hev for her HTML templates she uses on her site. After putting my pattern HTML template in PDF form I thought to put the book review HTML template Hev gave me. This is what I use for my book reviews. It is based off of what Hev has for hers.

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  1. This was written for the text editor in WordPress Blog. It can be used on any HTML/PHP page. The only thing that is not usable as is are the HTML for Font Awesome.
  2. If you want to use the Font Awesome coding please go to and do what it says. The coding for Font Awesome WILL NOT work unless you do this. The coding in this is for FontAwesome5.
  3. Know the basics of HTML. Or go to W3Schools and learn.

I am going to try to go through each HTML part and tell you what it does. I am self taught. I have no training or degree for HTML or coding of any sort. I am NOT responsible should you mess anything up on your blog, web server, etc. This is just a guide describing what I do for my book reviews I offer on my site. At the end of this will be the plain code with no description of what things are. If you have any questions please contact me on my site Please do not bother Hev.

IMPORTANT: You will have to add CSS to your theme. Most themes let you add additional CSS. In the WordPress build I am using it is Appearance > Themes > Customize & the screen you are taken too should have ‘Additional CSS’ on the bottom of the options that show up. I will add the CSS to the end with the HTML.

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