I always get excited when there’s a new crochet book to explore, but the ones that really catch my fancy are about techniques. Kristin Omdahl’s new book, Seamless Crochet: Techniques and Designs for Join-As-You-Go Motifsis not just a technique book, it’s a technique new to most American crocheters. Lately, with the help of Robyn Chachula and other innovative crocheters we’re learning that motifs can be joined as you crochet them. There are a lot of benefits to joining as you go. My favorite is having a completed project once the motifs are done. Kristin’s book takes this concept one step further by using a special starting chain technique to create each motif without cutting the yarn. Not only do you join as you go–you avoid having thousands of ends to weave in. Of course, the book is not about saving time, it’s about making the most of this new technique to create beautiful fashionable garments.

The cover project, “Blissful Flowers,” is possibly  my favorite. Kristin, who lives where it’s warm, is a pro at creating designs with gorgeous drape and textural interest. I love how the joining points create a beautiful structure and geometry. The “Eden Tile” wrap looks like a perfect project to try first: simple motifs that create a stunning finished scarf. Kristin explores how to use the technique with shaping to create garments and how to use solid motifs to make warm projects like a hat and a blanket.

Because I’m a bit of a technique geek, my favorite part of the book is in the back where she carefully explains how the technique works, and how you can use it to create your own designs. One of the things I’m most excited to play with is using the technique with color-changing yarns. Since you’re not breaking yarn between motifs, the projects in the book are are all of one kind of yarn each. I’ve got a skein of Kauni that is destined to be a shawl from the book. The book comes with a video of Kristen skillfully demonstrating how seamless crochet works.

You can play too! Leave me a comment here sharing how you’d like to use Seamless Crochet to create something new and you’ll be entered to win a digital copy of the book from Interweave. I’ll choose a winner at random on February 16th.


Book Review (and Giveaway!): Seamless Crochet

42 thoughts on “Book Review (and Giveaway!): Seamless Crochet

  • February 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for the review of the book. I can’t wait to see this one. I love to make blankets for people and the baby blanket with the 3-D flowers is calling to me. I think that I would make it for my new niece! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  • February 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I would love to make that shawl on the front cover!  I’d also like to learn that technique for changing colors. 

  • February 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I would really like to dig into this technique to use it in garments, accessories and more.

  • February 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love the idea of the joining as you go.  Kristin is one of my favorite designers.  I hope I win this giveaway!!!

  • February 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I specialise in designing in the round so would love to get this book to see how I might incorporate motifs into my work especially as part of larger pieces like sweaters and cardigans. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway.

  • February 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I love the idea of seamless crochet! So many wips dying a slow death because there’s so many pieces to put together & ends to weave in. I’m looking forward to actually completing a motif project!

  • February 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I would love to receive this book to keep learning…i am a novice

  • February 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I definitely want this book, the ends have been what has kept me from doing motif projects!  I even have a shawl idea in mind, if I can get the motif to look the way I want it to…  🙂

  • February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Learning new techniques is always great fun and with Spring almost just around the corner, what better way to practice than by making some new items for my Etsy shop, Design 89!

  • February 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Yes please! I love to learn new techniques and I have a wedding coming. I would like to use this to make a shawl for the bride to be. thank you so much 🙂

  • February 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I almost never do anything with motifs because I hate joining seams so this would give me a good chance to try a new approach.

  • February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I’m really interested in learning this join as you go technique, and I agree with you. It’d be really neat to try this technique with a self-striping yarn.  Come to think of it, I wonder how Noro Silk Garden would look with this technique? Looking through the different patterns on Ravelry, I really like the Blue Lagoon Swirling Hexagon Shawl.

  • February 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I’m a beginner crocheter, and I think this book could really help improve my skills! This is a great giveaway. I am now trying to find a way to join granny squares!

  • February 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Marisa–there are a lot of great ways to join granny squares and other motifs. In addition to Seamless Crochet, I’d recommend Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula.

  • February 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Noro would be fun to play with using this technique, I agree–Silk Garden Sock would be great for a lacy shawl.

  • February 10, 2012 at 2:55 am

    would love to win that book.i belive it would equip me with skills in shaping.cant wait to win the book

  • February 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I haven’t crocheted a garment yet. I keep thinking I will and have collected patterns but so far have only crocheted blankets. I’d love to try anything from Kristin’s Book.

  • February 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I’ve admired Kristin Omdahl for a long time, and would love to have a book of hers.  I also have some special yarn I’d love to make into a stole from the book….

  • February 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Amy, I still like to hear from you–love your e-mails.  I would like to be considered for a free book.  Thanks

  • February 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I’ve often wondered why more patterns don’t implement seamless crochet. I’ve done it with some of my projects in the past, although I’m not certain whether the technique is the same as in this book. Looking forward to seeing it!

  • February 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I love the look of motifs – but HATE all the fiddly ends – this book would be the answer to my dilemma!!!

  • February 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I would like to use seamless crochet to create a large afghan.  I made the lovely Maggie Wrap (by Robyn Chachula) and loved how you couldn’t see where the motifs were joined together.  Creating a blanket would be gorgeous!

  • February 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    What a great book!  Can’t wait to see it for myself!  Thanks for the chance to win!

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I would love to win this book to make something for my mum for her birthday. susand1408(at)googlemail(dot)com

  • February 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I would really like to make an afghan out of motifs, but will admit that the thought of sewing them all together (and weaving in ends) is NOT appealing!

  • February 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I am intrigued about trying the join-as-you-go technique. I have admired Ms Omdhal’s creations from her prior book, and I think I’m finally ready to take the leap into more designing. Thanks for this opportunity to win the book!

  • February 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I would love to make a shawl for a family member and love the one on the cover. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • February 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Misty, would love to hear which technique you’ve used.

  • February 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I myself don’t crochet. However both my wife and mother do. I would love to get this book for my mom. I think she would enjoy it.

  • February 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I’d love to use this technique to design a top for myself. With my measurements, it is so hard to find a crocheted top that fits properly and this would let me complete that quest.

  • February 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I am going to be starting on a CAL soon and it would be nice to join as I go while doing it.  This would be a great book for me to have for that.  Plus I have other thigns I do with motifs that it would be nice to learn how to do this.

  • February 13, 2012 at 2:46 am

    With this technique I’d like to try a bag with internal dividers and external pockets, very practical and beautiful at the same time, I hope. Thanks to Kristin Omdahl and thank you to give us the opportunity to win this book.

  • February 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Oh, this sounds like an awesome book…. I’d love to have it in my library! Thanks for sharing!

  • February 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

     Beautiful book!
    I would love to use the book to help me design patterns that only have 2 ends to weave in!
    I would love making the baby blanket. The motifs are beautiful.
    Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

    MariAngel (rav id)

  • February 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I would use this book to overcome my fears of weaving in so many ends. I would definitely start with accessories. It looks so beautiful!

  • February 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I have avoided so many projects because I can’t stand weaving in ends – once I made 40 washcloths & had them in a basket for at least a month waiting to have the ends woven in 🙂  I would LOVE to learn this technique – maybe with the shawl on the cover to start…  Thanks for the giveaway!

    walknknit at gmail dot com

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’m pretty new to crochet but I would love to have a copy of Seamless Crochet. The idea of no seams appeals to me greatly. It could mean the difference between craft and art. I think it’s that profound.

  • February 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    There’s some gorgeous patterns in this book!  I like the idea of not having to put everything together at the end.  I would love to try one of the shawls.  Thanks for the giveaway!  

  • February 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I could use a shawl to keep me warm while putting around the house doing my bits of quilting, crocheting and tending the doggies.  And I have done several afghans with squares and having to sew them all together, if there’s an easier way – I’m all ears.

  • February 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Kristen is truly an artist. Also, the less ends to weave in the better!

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