Review: Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets by Esme Crick

Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets: 100 Patterned and Textured Strips for 1000s of Unique Throws by Esme Crick opens up a world of design possibilities with their unique modern striped blankets in her new book.  

Today I’m sharing my review of Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets where I’ll share everything you need to know about this book in order to decide if this book is worth adding to your crochet library.

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About The Author

Esme Crick is a UK-based crochet designer and author.  Esme’s first title Mosaic Crochet Workshop covers mosaic crochet techniques.  (Find my review of Mosaic Crochet Workshop here).  You can find Esme Crick online as Red Sparrow Crochet (click here for her Instagram page).

Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets Patterns:

There are 100 crochet strip patterns in this book to create modular blankets by sewing individual strips together.  Each pattern includes the stitch multiple so that you can adjust the strip to your preferred size.  

Each pattern also includes a stitch chart/diagram which is helpful, however, I did find some of them difficult to read. This was due to the amount of information needed in the chart but the color chosen for the symbols.  Using some different colours, especially when it came to cable crosses, would have been helpful visually.

lots of crochet colorful crochet swatches in an image from the esme crick book being reviewed

Additional Patterns:

In addition to the blanket strips, you can find patterns for a bag and scarf patterns. There are also 5 example blankets (made of different combinations of strips). The blanket patterns give you a size measurement but don’t row counts or a gauge needed to meet that size.  The yarn amounts offered with each blanket doesn’t mean much because this amount can vary a lot person to person based without that guidance.

Check out the video version of my this review & see a flip-through of the book!

Book Sections & Strip Patterns

The book is broken down into sections based on what technique is used:

  • Classic, Mosaic,
  • Filet,
  • Embellishment,
  • Ribbing and Cables,
  • Tapestry Crochet,
  • Bobbles, Puffs and Popcorns.

Many of the strips are made using classic stitches like single crochet (and single crochet variations), crunch stitch, bobbles and catherine’s wheel. 

Others, like those in the embellishment section, use things like pom poms, surface crochet and tassels created to add texture to the basic stitch strips.

Overall, the patterns were simple and easy to understand though, already being familiar with the different techniques, like tapestry crochet is definitely helpful.  

a brightly coloured crochet blanket draped over a chain in the book Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets by Esme Crick

Terminology

The patterns in this book are written using us crochet terms. A US to UK terminology conversion chart can be found on page 14 of the book. 

Materials Used In The Book

The author uses a 5.0mm (H/8) crochet hook and Scheepjes Colour Crafter DK yarn in every pattern given in the book.

Supports for Makers in Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets

On pages 14 – 16 you’ll find a list of abbreviations used in the book as well as a stitch chart key with some brief info on how to read stitch diagrams / charts.

Page 134 – 141 are where you’ll find the main supports for makers in the book.  You’ll find written instructions with illustrations for basic stitches. Make sure that you check the instructions for the letters needed to identify what images correspond to those instructions.

You’ll find brief instructions for Mosaic and Tapestry Crochet on pages 138 and 139.  These were clear and easy to follow but if either of these are a new concept to you and you’re a visual learner, you may struggle with the lack of photo support.  

Finishing techniques are shared on pages 140 – 141.  This covers joining the strips, creating an edgining, blocking, pom poms and tassels.

book open to show a modern crochet blanket in bright colours that is a sample from Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets

The suggested way to join your strips together is to seam each strip together by hand using the whip stitch.  I know that this is a break-it point for many makers that avoid seaming at all costs. However, if you want another way to seam your blankets together, I recommend searching Google for ways to join granny squares together and find one that works for you.

I wish there was some guidance for makers in the book regarding how each different strip / band pattern can fit together.  Some strips use taller stitches than others, you’ll find that you may have to work more repeats of one strip than another to fit them together.  

If you're interested in buying a copy of Mix & Match Modern Crochet Blankets, it is available here on Amazon.

​Overall

I think this mix-and-match approach of Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets is a fun way to get additional ideas for blankets and create projects that showcase your individual style.  There are infinite possibilities for creating blankets in a modular way like this. I’d recommend this book for experienced crocheters who are looking for a fun and unique way to make crochet blankets that don’t mind some troubleshooting to get their blankets just right.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Mix and Match Modern Crochet Blankets by Esme Crick”

  1. Thanks, Ashley for your honest comments on this book. I think the blankets are beautiful nevertheless. I guess With no gauge one would just have to continue pattern repeats until the next strip is the same length as the previous strip? Happy crocheting! Lynne

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    • Hi Lynne,

      You’re welcome. Yes, you’d have to make a strip to your desired size (and ideally block it) and then make each of the next strips to the desired length and block those to ensure they were the same length. You could skip the blocking but if you’re using different yarns (particularly with different fibers) you run the risk of your blanket potentially being a little wonky if they don’t block out the same. When using the same yarn used throughout the blanket, blocking is less of an issue. Ultimately, it will take some experimentation to get just right.

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