A friend recently gave me this book.  She doesn’t crochet (or knit) and has little knowledge of other needlearts, but she’s quite good at choosing books!  This one is a keeper.  It’s small enough to tuck in a bag and fun enough to experiment with a variety of stitches.  Not only is each stitch pattern in the book accompanied with a written description and a chart, but there are some patterns in this book I’ve never seen before.

One of my favorites, based only on the picture and pattern in the book, is one called ‘alternating wedges’.  There is an entire section in this book on wedge patterns.  There is also a section on Wings.  Have you ever seen that?  Curved and more traditional looking wings.  I can think of some good uses for these patterns.

Another section entitled ‘Simple Textures’ includes the usual front loop only and back loop only – but also middle loop only – something I’ve never seen elsewhere, although I think I’ve done it a few times by accident!

There’s a lot in this little book.  I do wish that some of the more intricate patterns were accompanied with larger pictures so I could have a clearer idea of how the pattern would appear in a garment or as part of an afghan.

I was fortunate enough to receive this book as a gift.  I recommend it to you as a wonderful addition to your crochet library – or to give as a gift to an advanced beginner or more experienced crocheter.

Book Specs:

St Martin’s Griffin Press, 2007

Paper over board cover with spiral binding (wonderful!)

96 pages with numerous color photos

ISBN:  9780312373757

List Price $16.95 USD

By jd wolfe




Comments

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  1. Jaan L of Tx on November 23, 2012 2:56 am

    Well, that book just went on my wish list. You are lucky to have such a good friend who knows you well. By the way HAPPY THANKSGIVING, a bit late. sorry

  2. tanvel on November 23, 2012 10:37 am

    I’ve started to look for it, no one seems to have it!!!urrrg

  3. Wanda on November 24, 2012 8:52 pm

    I can’t believe I had a book that you didn’t have. :) I looked that up and the only problem I have is figuring out what they are calling the middle loop. lol I sure do with it have pics showing what they did.

  4. Marie/Underground Crafter on November 26, 2012 4:37 pm

    This is one of my favorites! It’s small and doesn’t have as many stitches as my other stitch guides, but as you mentioned, there are quite a few things I’ve never seen elsewhere. Enjoy!

  5. Sheri *¿* on August 2, 2013 10:23 am

    I’ll look for this! Could be that Carol at her used paperbacks book store can order it for me!

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