Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Rowan's Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan

Today I will talk a little bit about Laurinda Reddig's latest book Rowan's Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan.  Laurinda is a very talented crochet designer and teacher. You can find her beautiful blog ReCrochetions right over *here*.

I'm giving away a free copy of the book today--

so keep reading to find out more!

If you are following my blog for a while now, you may remember my first blanket and how I have enjoyed making it. With the help of this book you are able to make one of your own now too!

Skill level:
If you want to learn to crochet and you just need someone who takes you by the hand and teaches you everything from the very beginning this is the perfect book for you. But also more experienced crocheters will find a lot of new stitches to learn.
You are learning to make 16 different stitches to create the 16 sampler squares for the afghan. Laurinda walks you through all the ways to insert your hook into the stitches to create the most common stitches including basic stitches, combination stitches and textured stitches. All very well explained along with 30 step-by-step photo tutorials for every stitch. In addition to this Laurinda is teaching you how to read crochet patterns by explaining all of the common things, you will find in other crochet patterns. You also learn to make 4 easy baby blankets with 4 different edgings and how to work in the round to crochet a cute little baby hat.
What I really like about this book is, that you have all the information you need for making this beautiful afghan in one book. You can take the book, some yarn and a crochet hook, cuddle on your couch and you are done. I remember, when I started to crochet, I sat in front of my computer most of the time, because I had to look up every stitch which was used in my pattern. But here Laurinda guides you through all the steps of afghan-making from how to make a slip knot to how to block the squares and sew them all together. And if you don't want to make a complete afghan, you can use the stitches you have learned for other fun projects like dishcloths or potholders or whatever comes to your mind!
My projects from the book:

Rey of Sunshine Blanket
Treya's Treasure Blanket
some washcloths
some potholders
and two baby hats
Book details:
Rowan's Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan  by Laurinda Reddig is published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 3, 2012) and has 74 pages.
The book is available as a Left or Right-handed edition.
You can buy a copy from the book at *amazon* or *createspace*. Proceeds from the sale of the book are going to Rowan's Milk, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education on Lactation After Loss to mothers who have lost a baby, and their health care providers.

Laurinda has kindly provided me a free copy of her book (the right-handed edition), for one of my readers! So for a chance to win, just leave me a comment below until Sunday, 08.08. 2013. The giveaway is open for everybody around the world!  One lucky winner will be drawn at random on Monday, 09.09.2013.

Good luck to all of you!


  1. This seems to be a wonderful book!

  2. Da würde ich auch nicht Nein sagen (bin übrigens Rechtshänder)
    LG Judy

  3. Great giveaway - count me in please!

  4. Lovely projects - and a great book! Me in for it :)

  5. What a beatiful afghan you made! I like that one! Thank you for being going so in depth on the description. It's nice that she is donating to such a sad cause.

  6. You made a great review! I would really love to read it now ...

  7. Some of the stitches look interesting.....I love the blanket you made!

  8. Beautiful Sampler! Great reviews and photo's

  9. Ooooh that looks like a lovely book, and I think the items you have made from it are beautiful....what a great giveaway!

  10. Beautiful projects!!! I hope to do more crocheting especially ones like you have here!!

  11. This looks like a wonderful book.I love to win it!! thank you for the opportunity

  12. Such a lovely Giveaway Barbina...I would love to be included! A lovely review and photographs too...
    Happy Friday!
    Susan x

  13. I have been wanting this book! I started the blanket when Laurinda did her crochet along but didn't get too far. Now that I am expecting, I really want to get it finished for my new baby! Thanks for doing the give-away!

  14. I would love the opportunity to own this book and make beautiful items from it. thanks!

  15. I love the washcloths! Always great to hear of new books. Bxx

  16. Oh was für ein schönes Giveaway, Barbina, da mag ich unbedingt mit ins Lostöpfchen hüpfen!! Vielen Dank :-)). Das Buch ist bestimmt toll, nach all den hübschen Sachen zu urteilen, die Du danach schon gehäkelt hast. Am 09.09. geht übrigens auch bei uns die Schule wieder los, wie gedacht sind die letzten Wochen wie im Fluge vergangen ;-). Liebe Grüße und noch einen schönen sonnigen Tag!! Nata xxx

  17. I love your blog, the colors you use, everything about it and have bought a couple of your patterns. This book looks great too. Thanks for the giveaway.


  18. Oh what a perfect motivation to learn to crochet, especially precious little baby blankets!!! Would love to win!


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