Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia gives crocheters quick visual access to a comprehensive collection of stitch combinations that enables them to create their own designs or modify existing patterns with ease. I have been crocheting for 30 years, and I love this book. Often, I know what I want to do, but don't want to do the math involved, such as how many stitches I need for a pattern repeat. The book has photos, graphs, and written instructions. This is a very comprehensive collection of patterns, from simple to complex.
I will be using this book as one of my favorites for as long as I can crochet. I hope this will be another 30 years!
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Customer Reviews See All. It also makes it easier to hold the book open while you are crocheting. What I didn't like or what's missing There are no photo or illustrated tutorials in this book. This means that you essentially can't use this book unless you already know all of the basic stitch techniques, are quite adventurous and don't mind many stitch failures, or you have the ability to learn from written technique descriptions. Alternatively, you could use other sources to find out how to do Tunisian crochet, for example, and then come back to this book for stitches - but that means this book isn't a "one stop shop" of stitches.
I find Robyn's way of describing some of the less common stitches confusing.
This is probably not her fault, but due to the fact that there isn't a common language for these stitches. For example, I worked on a swatch using a Brussels crochet stitch for yesterday's post, and had to rework it several times before the meaning was clear. I think if there was a small tutorial see point above introducing new techniques, these stitches would be much easier to follow. It is not always clear where the hook is inserted from the stitch symbols. I use several Japanese stitch guides, and I am fairly comfortable with stitch symbols.
However, at times the stitch symbols in this book are sort of floating and it isn't clear if the stitches are worked into the previous row or a space between stitches. I think using a larger size for the stitch symbols would help. In many cases, there was a lot of "white space" on the page, so a larger size for the symbols would have been possible.
The stitch symbols don't have a "start" and "end" symbol. This is challenging in some sections with more complicated symbol charts since every row isn't numbered during a pattern repeat.
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Overall rating In some ways, I held this book to a higher standard than most stitch guides based on the author and the publisher. My expectations weren't entirely met. I think a newbie to stitch symbols would find this book very challenging. On the other hand, the book is beautiful to look at and has a very thorough approach to a range of stitches. I was pleased to see many new to me stitches, and I own more than 20 stitch guides!
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If you've been following my blog, you know that I usually host a giveaway for my review copy when it is provided by the publisher. In this case, I kept my review copy - so I was generally pleased with the book obviously. I think an intermediate through advanced crocheter would love this book for the design possibilities.
A beginner through intermediate crocheter, or a stitch symbol or pattern reading newbie, would probably find this book much more challenging than the other comprehensive stitch guides on the market. May 20, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: library , reference. There are some wonderful stitch patterns here with clear photos for the most part.
The diagrams are detailed and the instructions for each stitch are written clearly. This is another crochet book that emphasizes stitches organized by type and does not have any projects. There is some info on which patterns may work best in certain types of yarn or thread. People who love intricate crochet patterns will enjoy this book, as will people who crochet garments. As my eyesight can no longer read rea There are some wonderful stitch patterns here with clear photos for the most part.
As my eyesight can no longer read really intricate stitch diagrams or follow long stretches of stitch instructions, I'm glad I checked this out from the library rather than buying it online. Dec 18, Min rated it liked it Shelves: crafting. There are several stitches offered, yet the greatest drawback for me is that the photographs are both small, drab colors, and unclear as to their stitch definition.
They appear to be lit from beneath which offers a terrible view of the details. I would give it a much better review if the pictures were improved. The selections are a step-up from the basics; a quarter of the patterns are motifs. The diagrams could be larger, and in a bolder print for ease of reading.
Jul 18, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: crochet , non-fiction. Got some mixed opinions when I asked about this on Ravelry. People seemed to prefer other stitch dictionaries better and said that this one was too motif-heavy, but I loved it! I am not a super-experienced crocheter, but there was a lot here to inspire me.
I thought the encyclopedia was pretty comprehensive. Yes, there is a large section on motifs, but there are fairly large sections on different stitch types as well. I think my favorite section was the one on colorwork. After looking through it, Got some mixed opinions when I asked about this on Ravelry. After looking through it, I have a better idea of how I want to go about learning these skills. Jan 30, Heidi rated it it was amazing. Great book! There are a few stitches that are great for beginners, but this books seems to be geared toward those who already know basic stitches.
The lace stitches are nice, there are many that I haven't seen in other books, nor online.
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There is also a few pages that talk about how to connect the square, which I loved. There is also a section on borders, but it isn't a huge selection.
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Jun 17, Lil' Grogan rated it liked it Shelves: handmade. If I didn't already have most of these patterns, I would consider buying the book. Nice variety and presentation of swatches. However, I don't like her method of charting. Maybe because I'm used to reading Japanese charts, I find her placement of stitches off. Some of them I couldn't figure out where the stitches went, and had to revert to the written instructions to figure out what she wanted. Jan 19, Vashti rated it it was amazing Shelves: crochet , tunisian-crochet.
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I love the sheer breadth of stitch pattern types represented in this very inspiring book! Feb 12, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: crochet-books. From what I have seen of this book its really fabulous! It covers a lot of great stitches. I think this is a book every crocheter needs in their bookshelf! Feb 23, Renee added it. An excelant recsouse. Oct 29, Natasja King rated it it was amazing. This is my go-to book whenever I am designing crochet patterns. I can't imagine my crochet library without this book. Jun 15, Bonnie Vasko rated it it was amazing Shelves: knit-crochet. Really fabulous book.
Tried a few new stitches. Definitely will get years of use from this. I can see using it more and more as my skill level increases. Nov 21, Sian Jackson rated it it was amazing. Catherine rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Suzie Shatarevyan rated it it was amazing Sep 12, Diana rated it really liked it Mar 30, Sarah rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Joanie rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Paula M.
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