For anyone looking for inspiration for their next project, Niki Trench’s 201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas is rife with possibilities. This helpful companion is perfect for knitters who love creating afghans or who are interested in designing their own patterns. The book is split into three sections—blocks, projects, and basic techniques. Each section is full of fascinating ideas, gorgeous pictures, and helpful hints. The blocks section is particularly well thought out; each block pattern has instructions, a chart, and a picture of the motif knitted up. The pictures of the knitted motifs are particularly helpful, since charts can sometimes fail to communicate the way a pattern will really look when knitted.
The second half of the book puts the blocks patterns to work. The patterns in 201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects & Ideas draw heavily on the motifs detailed in the first section of the book. I enjoyed seeing how Trench utilized different motif ideas. Looking at her work is a good way to figure out how to use the motifs in your own knitting. The patterns cover a range of projects; afghans, gloves, and baby toys all make appearances in this fun book.