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Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters: 200 Stitch Patterns in Words and Symbols Paperback – August 1, 2016
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About the Author
Melissa Leapman is the author of several bestselling knitting and crocheting books: Hot Knits and Cool Crochet (Watson-Guptill, 2004 and 2005), Cables Untangled and Continuous Cables (Potter Craft, 2006 and 2008). Her newest releases, Color Knitting the Easy Way and Mastering Color Knitting were published in 2010. The must-have Stash Buster Knits was published in Fall 2011, also by Potter Craft.
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Because I’m a big Melissa Leapman fan, I was looking forward to this collection of her personal favorite crochet patterns. However, Melissa does NOT include any personal commentary on the individual patterns (e.g., why she likes the pattern, how or where she has used the pattern, etc.). In a brief introduction, Leapman states: “This collection includes 200 of my favorite crochet stitch patterns gathered from nearly thirty years designing for the yarn and fashion industry. Some patterns are long-standing favorites, such as Solid Shell Stitch on page 18; others, like the Saxon Braid Panel on page 99 are original to this collection.” As far as I can tell, Leapman does not otherwise indicate which patterns are old, and which are new.
The book provides a good selection of stitches for new crocheters, and is a good standby reference for experienced crocheters, but it doesn’t go very far beyond the stitch collections generally found in how-to books on crocheting (e.g., A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter). If you’re looking for a more complete crochet stitch dictionary, you might consider The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns), and the other two titles in the Linda Schapper series.
Because the book has only 200 patterns, and lacks commentary by the author regarding their selection for inclusion, I rate MELISSA LEAPMAN’S INDISPENSABLE STITCH COLLECTION FOR CROCHETERS at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).