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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Co Inc (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160468450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604684506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both authors, Jean and Rita, are icons in the world of crochet and publishing. Their contributions are many and they have touched crocheters with their incredible wealth of published crochet books for decades. Separately, both Jean and Rita have been honored as Honorees to the Crochet Guild of America Hall of Fame!

A visually appealing and colorful Contents page highlights the fifteen categories of stitch types within from Bobbles and Popcorns to Fans and Picots.

The Big Book of Crochet Stitches honors the memory of Jean Leinhauser. Weiss' heartfelt introduction of her dear friend reminds us all of how Jean was also a friend to all crocheters she met, and of the many and important contributions she made to the crochet world. Rita also gives an inside look at Jean's passion for "collecting" crochet stitches.

Truly a dictionary of stitches, this book is not based on gauge but on multiples. Colorful, clear photography presents each stitch in a 2 1/2 x 3-inch swatch format which is ample, along with the stitch instructions, for learners from beginning to advanced skills.

Readers will probably be surprised to find the wonderful selection of familiar stitches, like the ripple or shell, with variations that they haven't seen before. It is a compendium chock-full of over 350 stitch techniques that will challenge crocheters to try their hand and hook at creating their own original designs.

For those who prefer symbol crochet, unfortunately, diagrams are not to be found in this volume of hundreds of stitches and 192 pages. This should not be a deterrent; and every crocheter will want to have The Big Book of Crochet Stitches in their personal library, both as an important reference and as a fond memento of Jean Leinhauser! --Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Crochet Queen: Royal Ramblings, April 2014

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Find step-by-step instructions for more than 350 crochet stitches, from easy to advanced. See a swatch for each stitch in a full-color, close-up photograph.

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The pictures are good and the directions are clear.
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I think this will become a treasured, yet affordable, addition to my crochet reference collection.
Sara Hood
This is a good reference book for the experienced crocheter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LI Roe on March 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
As I began to look through the preview, it occurred to me that these stitches somehow looked familiar since I own quite a number of Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss publications. I pulled out my Perpetual Calendar and each stitch I checked from the book was in the calendar, exact same instructions and color picture. It is a duplicate, only difference seems to be is that the book divides them by types of stitches (fans, clusters, etc) while the calendar just has one per date and not in any particular classification and is in calendar flipping form.

With that being said, however, if you do not own the calendar, you should definitely own this book. The directions are concise, the color photographs highlight each stitch. I only rated it three stars because it is the same contents of the calendar and is not indicated that it is in a different format.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By brnside2 on March 11, 2014
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I was deeply disappointed to discover that a book of crochet stitch patterns published in 2014 did not include charts. It never even occurred to me to check that in advance; had I done so, I would not have purchased this book.

For the most part the pictures are good, but not stellar. Another reviewer has discovered that these patterns are from a calendar previously published by these authors. I suspect the authors (publisher?) used the original photographs, instead of taking the opportunity to take new photos with improved technology to achieve clearer results.

I would recommend Sarah Hazell's "Crochet Stitch Dictionary," 2013, as a better choice, even with only 200 patterns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By me on March 19, 2014
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This is the crochet book I have been looking for! Thank you to these two talented women for a book that has great photos, directions that are laid out clearly (not in one continuous run on sentence like most crochet instructions are), and for introducing so many wonderful new (to many) stitches! A great book for beginners and also for those like me who wanted a good collection that is well presented :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara Hood on February 24, 2014
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I am pleased with this, my newest stitch dictionary (smile). It contains a clear picture and instructions for more than 350 crochet stitch patterns, grouped by the techniques used to make them. Each one is named, which can be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you look at it. Having a name makes a particular pattern easier to find later. But then two different crocheters may call the same pattern by two different names and that can cause confusion. There are no charts in this book and I wish there were. But the photographed swatch and the clear instructions help make up for that. Several two color stitch patterns are included as well. The book uses a simple layout and photographs of the various patterns in several different smooth yarns to provide color. This is not your cheap stitchionary that just repeats the basic combinations that are included in any beginners techniques book. I think this will become a treasured, yet affordable, addition to my crochet reference collection.

Now if only I could find a stitch dictionary that includes the rose and tulip clusters, my collection would be complete (wishful thinking / joking).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noel on June 7, 2014
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This is a good reference book for the experienced crocheter. I would not recommend this book for a beginner. That said, the book has some interesting stitch patterns and the photos in the kindle book are adequate at least in color (I view mine in my iPad). It would have been a perfect five if the book had had chart diagrams. Overall, I am happy with the purchase of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy by the sea on May 10, 2014
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This is a large cleanly designed book that is a pleasure to use. Every stitch is shown in a swatch and photographed clearly in color. The directions are next to each swatch. I took it to crochet class and everyone loved it. My classmates were all looking up their stitches and making notes of other stitches they wanted to use. The teacher said it was one of the best crochet stitch dictionaries that she has seen. She said she would recommend it for anyone, beginner to advanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nini on July 25, 2014
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Very clear instructions for many beautiful patterns suitable for everything from dish cloths to afghans! Highly recommend this for beginners.
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By Kristine on October 17, 2014
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I love reference books! I love having books on my shelf that I can just pick up and browse through for inspiration. The book is very well laid out. The contents page(s) contains photos of each stitch so you have an overview of what is included, or what you might be looking for. I like this kind of layout because it's easier than searching 350 stitches for the one you're looking for. Each stitch has a name (as opposed to just numbering them 1 - 350), and a close up, color photo. I like this layout. I'm sure it took longer for the authors, and publisher, but it is an added benefit in my opinion. There are over 350 stitches!!! If you love designing your own patterns, or just like trying out new stitches, you will not be disappointed! I love paper books (as opposed to ebooks) so I will also be purchasing a hard copy to have in addition to the ebook.
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