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Afghans Knit Crochet, Coats & Clarks Book 108

Coats and Clarks brought us - Afghans to Knit and Crochet, Book 108 in 1959.   Just as you would expect, for this time frame, the photos are black and white, except for the cover, and a fair number of those are not great quality.   But, if you look close, you'll find there are a couple classics as well as some other intriguing designs   There are 13 patterns in all.  A couple Knitting, and of course a couple in Afghan stitch with embroidery to resemble tapestry.  Tapestry was quite popular during this time period.  The booklet was issued as a promotion for their Red Head Knitting Worsted line of yarns.     So ... for your viewing pleasure .... 

The front covers (back cover) gives us a color preview of three of the patterns. 

C-454 Palette Afghan - Crocheted in afghan stitch with multi-colored yarn - 49 x 65 inches.  I really like these multi-color yarn effects.  May the same afghan for every one in the family and they will all be different. Seems like it would be another great way to use up complimentary color scraps.  

B-129 Greek Key - Crocheted blocks, alternating between solid color and the Greek Key motif measures 50 x 70.  A quite bold and masculine statement for in any room. 

B-130 Rosebud Ring - Crochet, Puff Stitch 4 1/2" motifs made up this 44 x 60 afghan.  This is a good example of nice abstract afghan, with lousy pictures that do not do justice. 

B-131 Mexicana - A Colorful Crocheted Afghan made up of 5 1/2 inch hexagonal motifs measuring out at 49 x 72.   This colorful motif employs variegated yarn.

B-132 Chequerboard knitted afghan is Quaker stitch in triangles, formed to blocks for a finished blanket of 47 x 64 inches. 

B-133 Ship's Cable - This beauty has bold cable striped set within striped panels - bold and elegant at the same time.  Measuring 42 x 64, it's finished with long tasseled fringe. 

B-134 Symphony - Crochet Afghan - 48 x 69.  Look close; this is an attractive piece, but I'd think that it's calling on little fingers (or even larger ones), pulls on, or slipping things through, those textural loops.  

B-135 Shepherd's Plaid - Woven Tapestry - 44 x 55.  This masculine piece is created by drawing a long tapestry needle through curtain scrim.

B-136 Henry Clay Wheel - Crochet Geometric afghan.  The design is based on an Early American quilt pattern - 41 x 61 - of the same name.

B-137 Pompon Posy - Afghan Stitch with embroidery details and little pompons - 47 x 67. 

B-138 Lattice Lace - Knit with Crochet; a lovely afghan with alternating strips of openwork lace and diamonds - 45 x 66 .  This pattern was also featured in a Coats & Clark's leaflet, as well as making an appearance in the Workbasket Magazine.  

B-139 - Cottage Garden - Created with an afghan hook and enhanced with a delightful embroidery motif - 51 - 65. 

B-140 - Sugar N Spice - Crochet afghan blanket of dainty pastel colors - 46 inches square.   This motif is designed for a baby blanket or carriage cover.

B-141 Carriage Trade -  A knitted cable for baby, perfectly sized for carriage or cribs - 32 x 42.  

Truth be told, with the exception of the Cottage Garden, which just isn't my style, I like all of them.   I find Ship's Cable close to perfect in a stately simple standpoint.   And, I find myself taking a second peak at Chequerboard; it's quite interesting.   I checked each pattern, and they done an above average job with this booklet getting all the charts and graphs included. Most of these patterns are listed in the shop should you wish more information; links below each picture.