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The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Often many stitch books-nice as they may be-do not use they symbols, and, to my mind, once you learn how to read the symbol chart, crocheting goes so much faster and so much easier. Having all three descriptions(photo, written, symbol) for each stitch really adds to the versitility of this book.
Also, the page you want stays open and lies flat so you can follow along without having to stop and put your work down to find your place, and it has 500 stiches, separated into categories from single crochet designs to more complex ones. What more could any crochet lover want?
I know this book will become one I use over and over and will keep for many years. I highly reccomend it.
I'm grateful the editors decided to use one color yarn for all the swatches & a similar color layout for all the pages. I find even the color of yarn can change the appearance of a swatch, so having all the swatches in the same yarn/color provides the brain an easy comparison with all the patterns. Recently there seems to be this push to make the stitch reference books colorful and happy, with this abject fear that if any two pages are uniform in appearance, we're all going to get soooo bored we'll fall asleep reading it. That's great for kids or if you need to be inspired by pretty things, but I'm choosing a pattern for a design and I want my stitch reference to be my workhorse in that endeavor & not a distraction. And I'm really happy there are written instructions AND charts.
My only problem (and reason for giving 4 stars, not 5) is the yarn used to stitch up the samples. It's a fuzzy kind of yarn. In the pictures you can make out the stitch textures a bit, but the fuzz factor obscures those details and almost makes the photo look out of focus. I can only assume that a person not familiar with photography decided on the yarn and thought it looked pretty or gave the swatches a softer appearance.Read more ›
I love the fact that every stitch is accompanied by both written instructions and a good chart. The book presents the charts directly underneath the photo, a simple layout decision that shows real understanding of how crocheters use stitch instructions. This makes it easy to compare a chart to its crocheted sample and clarify what's going on. Other dictionaries present the chart elsewhere on the page, usually after the written instructions, which frustrates me because it makes comparison difficult.
The majority of the stitches are original -- I've not seen them elsewhere and found them quite pleasing. You should be aware that most are small scale stitches suitable that create textured fabrics rather than large lace panels. Think lacy cardigan not tablecloths or curtains. (Since I crochet garments, this is a delight for me!) I do agree with the other reviewers who felt that a portion of the stitches were made up just to fill out the number to 500. However, I feel the "good" stitches far outweigh the "bad" stitches, and I don't think it affects the book's overall quality.
The organization of the chapters was a bit puzzling. I wasn't quite sure why the author chose to clump certain stitches together. They don't follow "traditional" stitch categorizations (e.g. there's a chapter on "simple shells" followed by "shells filet", "shells symmetrical" and "shells overall patterns". I didn't really see the distinctions.) However, honestly, I am rarely satisfied with the organization of any stitch dictionary. I usually just browse photos until I find something promising.Read more ›
I have already created swatches of several patterns and the directions make sense and so far are mistake free! I am really happy that I found this book. I have looked at several others and they just don't seem to have the clear color pictures, symbol charts and unusual stitch designs that this one has.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, if you want to learn the different stitches. Real easy to understandPublished 23 hours ago by Donna M. Burket
Very good resource, organized by basic stitch characteristics. I can recommend this excellent stitch dictionary for those who want a large stitch collection for their general... Read morePublished 1 day ago by handworkdoc
This is a very good book for a great price. I actually bought it so that I could learn how to read a symbol pattern, but have really enjoyed the book in general. Read morePublished 1 month ago by santasaur
I like the variety of stitches provided in this compilation. I recently had a revelation about the importance of making swatches and was looking for a pattern book to accompany a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S-DKS
Nice book with many stitches to choose from...however, every stitch is done in cream yarn. After flipping through about thirty pages all the stitches started looking the same. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Hamilton