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Product Details

  • Series: The Harmony Guides
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Erika Knight and Interweave Press have succeeded in making an old classic even better."  —Monsters and Critics.com

About the Author

Erika Knight is a design consultant with a special interest in knitwear. She is the author of Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, Simple Knits for Easy Living, and Simple Knits for Little Cherubs.

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It includes written instructions and a diagram along with pictures of each stitch.
K. Cherry
As an intermediate crocheter who is learning the craft through books, I would recommend this book.
Cat Lover
This book allowed me to create my own patterns using the stitches included in the book.
Cherry W

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bun-Bun Baxter on June 14, 2010
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This guide walks the reader through the gamut of crochet competence, from kindergarten to post-doc, as it were. I am a fairly experienced crocheter but had never learned how to read a diagram until using this book. Each stitch pattern is presented in a clear, close-to-real-size photo, written directions, and a stitch diagram. This three-pronged approach is very helpful in clearing up any confusion the reader might experience in learning the stitch.

Some of the 250 stitches are somewhat redundant, with only negligible differences. The diagram key and abbreviations section appear at the end of the book, and would better have been included in the instructions section that precedes the gallery fo stitches.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cat Lover on August 13, 2008
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As an intermediate crocheter who is learning the craft through books, I would recommend this book. Though some of the patterns have been included in other texts, I find the presentation of the patterns in groups of similar types of stitch combinations, i.e., lace patterns etc. most helpful. My personal road to learning both crochet and knitting is to practice patterns that include similar concepts, thus reinforcing my understanding and assimilation of the particular area on which I have been concentrating. Also, I have incorporated patterns from this book into beautiful scarf patterns. The pictures are in color and the patterns are clearly represented.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Addams on January 21, 2009
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There is some great information in this book. It seems to have a flow from very simple to various trends (like shell shaped stitches, or puffs). Most of the instructions include both chart and written instructions, but a few don't have the chart which I admit I'd like to see on all of them even if they're a little dull.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sparkalicious on September 5, 2012
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I really like the physical format of this book - it is substantial but not unwieldy, the chart illustrations are clear, the photos are sharp, and directions are generally one-page, so I can keep it on the table beside me for reference without having to turn pages.

There is the usual filler that almost every instructonal book feels compelled to include, and there is not a HUGE variety of stitches but plenty to appeal to beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate crocheters. It is a VERY good basic book and always the first one I look through for inspiration and instruction.

My one peeve is that the book's organization is a little random - stitches are not specifically divided up by category and the index is of little help unless you know the exact name of the stitch you are searching for. My book wears plenty of sticky notes to help me find my favorite patterns. That is the only reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5.

NOTE: The Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches CARDS 101 Stitches to Crochet (Harmony Guides Box & Cards) do not contain some of the stitches featured in the book. I bought both versions, thinking the cards would be more portable. But unfortunately some of my favorite stitches were not included in the card pack.
If you are going to buy just one version, I'd recommend the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cherry W on March 5, 2010
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This book allowed me to create my own patterns using the stitches included in the book. The first 28 pages clearly explain how to use the book, how to read the graphs and written instructions, and how to do the stitches. I would highly recommend this book to someone who has been crocheting for awhile and is ready to move from basic afghans. I can't wait to use her concept of "creating fabric" for other uses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Cherry on September 9, 2009
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This is a great reference for a variety of crochet stitches. Single crochet, cables, solomon's knot, lacy fabric, and more are included in this book. It includes written instructions and a diagram along with pictures of each stitch. It would have been nice if yarn weight was discussed for each stitch pattern, but I suppose that this kind of reference book is meant to be flexible. By choosing your own yarn weight and hook size you can change the look of the stitch pattern. I use the stitches in this book to design my own patterns as well as to tweak other patterns to my liking.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Ullrich on April 16, 2010
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Don't expect 250 vastly different stitches but there is a lot to be said for dozens of different stitches presented with variations. This book is for those with immagination...no telling you what kind of yarn to use or what size hook to engage, but each page and each example is crisp and concise! Be brave! Experiment! Buy it! Use it! Crochet!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2009
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For a crocheter, The Harmony Guides is valuable as an instructional manual. I am also glad that I purchased it, as a work of art, itself! I had the book out on my table, and guests (who do not knit or crochet) were paging through it and remarking on the beauty of it -- just to look at.

This book is an essential guide that will inspire you to make lots of new projects, incorporating new and challenging stitches that you might not have attempted before. What a super book!
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