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The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches Hardcover – June 23, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (June 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762104058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762104055
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographs of all patterns followed by clear instructions.
Bernadette Rambold
Anyone who wants to improve and expand their knowledge of knit and crochet stitches should buy this book.
Ellyz
I think that it is a must for any skill level of crocheter/knitter.
Clairene M. Guerra

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2005
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This review is more on the style and format of the book for knitters who might be interested in this information:

While I love the Harmony Guides, it is currently out of my budget to get all 7 volumes. The 900 stitches in this Reader's Digest Ultimate Sourcebook are indeed from the Harmony Guides to Knitting Stitches series. I notice from the copyright page that this material is published by an arrangement with Collins & Brown, the same publishers for the original Harmony Guides. Reader's Digest appears to publish by arrangement with British companies, many wonderful titles and presenting a twist of the english sensibility, i.e. Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook (by RD)

The Reader's Digest Sourcebook does not contain every single stitch from the Harmony volumes (numbering over 1000), but it is still a huge amount compiled into one manageable reference and at a much more affordable price. The color combinations look fine to me, the majority are traditional designs, nothing terribly dated except for one or two swatches in strange orange/gray combos. In order to fit 900+ stitches and photographs into the book, each page is divided into 3 columns, with one to two photographs per column followed by the stitch directions. Each photograph measures approximately 2" x 1.5" in detail. The type is either 9 or 10pt., which might be hard for some eyes. I use a craft light like the Ott-Lite to illuminate the page, and also use post-it notes to keep track.

What I like is how it is arranged by weight patterns, and the number of multiples to start with at the very top of the section, and what skill level it requires in bold type. Another wonderful thing are the headers on every page, so that you know what section you are on at all times, (i.e. knitting...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What is important for the serious knitter is to know that this stitch book is a rehash of the older Harmony knit and crochet stitch books. One of my books had 440 stitch patterns alone. So with just 900 stitches about half of which are for knitting and the other for crochet, you are not getting the total of all the Harmony books together. However, each stitch has a helpful name to it and they are grouped into like categories. The color pictures are tiny and there are no charts but there are good top subtitles on each page and also at the sides. The index is also a useful feature and the book looks sturdy with good print and binding. The aran stitches and fair isle stitches are lacking from this edition. There was one Harmony book just on those stitches so worth hunting around for that one to supplement this.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a beginning knitter practicing on scarves to improve my stitches. This book gives an endless range of possibilities for me to try, and it will still be useful when I tackle a larger project.
Some of the photographs could be a little clearer, but most are excellent. I have been able to teach myself some new stitches from the printed instructions and diagrams.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Waoac on September 23, 2005
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This is a great book for beginners and experts alike. Good instructions and diagrams for the beginners, and lots and lots of ideas and inspiration for the old hands. One of the best I have seen in a long time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By smallsmallfaery on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The things I liked about this book:
1. descriptions of stitches: drape of stitch, skill required
2. color pictures
3. many stitch patterns
4. relatively equal treatment of knitting and crochet:
knit: pages 11-180
crochet: pages 181-316
5. sorting by weight
knit: medium weight, heavy weight, lace, panel, ribs and edgings
crochet: medium weight, heavy weight, openwork, motifs, edgings

Things that I don't mind, but aren't perfect:
1. small pictures, contrast varies from good to moderate
2. no charts

Some say that this book is like the Harmony guides, but I haven't looked at them closely. As an intermediate knitter and crocheter, I find this book easy to use and completed my first project over the holiday, inserting the Vandyke lace panel into a scarf. I bought this book to add variety to the patterns I already have.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
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If you are just starting out, or if you are looking for an all in one guide than this is an excellent book. It has wonderful pictures and instructions. I have not found another book so complete with both as of yet in one edition. I am enjoying practicing the stitchs that I have found in here.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Yanagimachi on September 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out at the library and have learned many things. I am a beginner and it is nice to have such a large reference book at hand. The book divides patterns up by "weight" which is helpful. I'll be getting a copy as a gift.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K Sweeney on August 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a beginner in this amazing world of crochet, so many of the recently published books like this one and Donna Kooler's "encyclopedia of crochet" are tremendously helpful in the visualizations of the stitches. I have only owned this book for a couple of weeks, but have already spent hours enjoying all of the photographs and descriptions. The inspiration to begin crocheting in my forties comes from my 98-year-old little grandmother who started crocheting 88 years ago. She has made many remarkably beautiful crochet projects in her lifetime. This book enables me to clearly understand how skilled she has become because she has accomplished all of these stitches, especially the various motifs and edgings and that is priceless for me to realize. Thanks to Reader's Digest for publishing this great book.
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