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The Crochet Stitch Bible Spiral-bound – January 16, 2004


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (January 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873497171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873497176
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a professional hand-knitter and needlecraft designer, Betty Barnden has produced patterns for numerous yarn companies. She studied at the London’s Royal College of Art. Her designs have appeared in magazines published in Britain. Betty is also author of The Embroidery Stitch Bible, published by Krause Publications in 2003. She lives in Shropshire, England.

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Customer Reviews

It is one of the best crochet reference books out there.
Kara Watts
The pictures and diagrams are clear and the instructions are easy to understand.
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Plus, it has a spiral binding so the book lays easily on the table.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on July 23, 2004
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There are 200 crochet stitches in this spiral bound book which makes it easy to use while crocheting. Useful index with all the stitches by name. Each stitch has illustration, instructions and chart with international symbols. Also a stitch key on right side of every odd numbered page which means you can read the charts as the symbols are right there. Stitches are grouped into broad categories such as mesh and filet. Also more details in back about the symbols and abbreviations. The terms are American with a comparison to the English in the back. My one criticism is that the actual pictures of the stitches are very dull and small when more colors would certainly have brightened up the book. Hopefully Barnden will be persuaded to bring out a second volume with more stitches. Very useful important addition to the growing crochet stitch collection.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Chang on March 7, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This crochet book is the perfect reference for those who like to make up there own projects. She gives you step by step instructions and easy to read diagrams for each stitch. From there, it's easy to imagine and create your own designs! Personally, I don't like to be confined by a particular pattern, but I love learning all the different stitches explained in this book.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Taffyrn on August 4, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
this book is where I often start for making new projects. Stitches are explained with good detail and photos that are very helpful. Would definately recommend to any level of crocheter!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sherri on January 18, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I'm a fairly new crocheter and this is the best book I've found. It gives clear directions--both written and diagrams. The diagrams make more sense to me than the written instructions, so I've used more than 20 of these stitches already. It's a great guide to help you design your own patterns. I've made several baby blankets using stitches I've found in this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Hayes on February 3, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is not just fantastic for the stitch patterns included (over 200) - but for the additional info! I have been crocheting blankets and afghans for over 10 years and am ready to start branching out - I have always been unclear on how to join pieces for clothing and this book gives you ALL the options with clear, detailed instructions.

There is a pattern index - WITH PICTURES! - and beautiful ones at that!

A must have for anyone ready to move on from the ordinary double crochet stitch!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By brnbear on February 9, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
It's a nice spiral-bound book with lots of stitches. However, I had a hard time seeing the pictures clearly. I wish the yarn was darker in many of the photographs. Also, the charts they show are barely readable because they're printed so light.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. Campbell on February 16, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This is the best book for crochet enthusiasts ever. Even though it doesn't have patterns, it has stitches I've never seen before and great details to learn them. You can go the extra mile and create your own patterns using these stitches. I bought one for a gal pal for her birthday and she hasn't stopped talking about it. I am going to get a lot of use from this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to crochet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rosa on May 18, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a book which lives up to all the reviews I've read about it. It is well organized, covers a broad range of topics and is compact enough to find a space in your tote bag. I like the Stitch Selector feature which shows small colored swatches of the stitch patterns covered in the book with the pages number, where a larger picture of the swatch and instructions for completing it can be found. You only have look through to eight pages to locate the pattern of your choice.

Pattern directions are given using both symbols and written out row by row. Finishing techniques are also covered. The stitch techniques diagrams are very clear. It covers international crochet hook sizes and even has a small glossary. This is a book I will use often.
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