A book on freeform, especially one with directions and patterns is definitely contradictory, nonetheless I have written three of them, two on freeform and one on surface adornment.
Freeform Knitting and Crochet
All were published in Australia by Sally Milner Publishing and they are all distributed world-wide.
The reason my books have patterns is twofold. Firstly, excluding “detailed instructions” would have meant rejection by my publisher who require a certain number of projects with full instructions for all their craft books and since there was no way I wanted to tread the self-publishing road I complied with their policy.
Secondly, freeform is a total mystery to lots of people so by including patterns for ‘fragments’ which are the basis for my ‘any which way knitting’ techniques and my ‘taking your yarn for a walk crochet’ techniques, I am able to pass on the concept of freeform quickly and easily. Once a reader has tackled one or two of the fragment patterns they are ready to let their own creative spirit soar.
So, the fragment patterns together with rest of the projects and techniques in all three of the books are there simply as a means to an end and therefore I consider my books to be “ideas” books rather than pattern books. In them I encourage the reader to take an idea and run with it. To explore, experiment, discover and to always ask “what if?” That way they will create their own style.