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Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide-61 Stitch Patterns Including Photo Tutorials in this Pocket Size Guide Paperback – Illustrated, March 15, 2013
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1464707391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1464707391
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
- Publisher : Leisure Arts, Inc.; 2/13/13 Edition (March 15, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are 61 stitch patterns, each with a color photograph, instructions and a chart for each. The stitches are grouped into Typical Stitches (ch 2), Color stitches (ch 3) and Lace Stitches (ch 4). The first chapter--Learning Charts--contains the 14 basic, named stitches. There is only one project in the book, Scarf, with a shopping list, gauge information, complete instructions, color photographs and a stitch chart. Very, very well done.
This would be a five star book, but it is already falling apart, and it just arrived today! The quality of paper, the covers, and the content (including photographs) is excellent. Too bad the book is unusable because of the binding.
I plan to photocopy the final chapter, General Instructions, because these are great reference pages. It would be so much better with a spiral or comb binding.
I found the directions for the stitches incomplete and confusing as a newbie to this technique. I was hoping the pictures would make it easier to understand, but they did not. If I hadn't gone to the Internet, I don't think I would have been able to figure it out and probably would have let my hooks sit in a drawer and gather dust (or just use them as regular hooks).
This book does have some value to the person just learning how to crochet with this technique. It has charts for abbreviations, symbols, yarn weights, pattern difficulty designations, and a US/metric conversion chart. I feel confident that I will use the book more once I've gained experience, but I was looking for something that would teach the very basics.
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The book has details of many different Tunisian crochet stitch patterns. However, the actual instructions are very limited and the book is weirdly organised.
Instead of starting with a section with pictures showing every basic stitch in details, this is at the end of the book, and not detailed enough. Each basic stitch has only one image.
The stitches are listed by number, which comes across as the author's own personal numbering system.
Instead of spelling things out clearly in the first tutorial or chapter, for example, it immediately abbreviates everything to _American_ crochet slang.
And nowhere in the book does is say anything about closing. It just says to close normally or to close with X pattern. There's no explanation of what closing normally is, there are no pictures or diagrams.
If you already know Tunisian crochet and you are ant to expand your stitch repertoire, then this might work for you. For a beginner to Tunisian crochet, get a different book and then maybe come back to this one or you'll be very frustrated.
It teaches you how to read patterns and charts as well as showing you clear instructions on how to do each stitch.
There is also a few easy patterns to try.
There is so many different stitches to learn with each pattern and I find it handy to have this reference guide by my side.