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Book Review: Crochet Stitch Motifs

By Sandy Amazeen Jun 17, 2008, 5:50 GMT

Book Review: Crochet Stitch Motifs

Offering clear, concise instructions, this series has served as a classic reference for handcrafters for more than 30 years. A jam-packed, updated resource filled with new ideas, this guide is also a dependable and complete crochet-instruction manual. Some classic motifs that are presented include a simple lace triangle, a delicate popcorn trefoil, and an intricate French square, each worked in contemporary yarns and displayed in full-color photographs. More patterns are derived from an Italian square, which makes a great base for a ...more

Harmony Guides have long been the stitch reference to reach for when searching for clarification or tracking down just the right textured knit or crochet stitch and happily, these are worthy additions to the family. Crisp color photography provide a clear picture of exactly what each motif looks like while both written and charted instructions allow readers to select which method works best for them. Many of the 250 motifs are shown worked using several colors which serves to illustrate the textures while generating visual interest.

Mixed in with the old standbys are some truly lovely new motifs like the heavily textured Six-Point Snowflake or the lacey Grape Leaf, which would be stunning worked in fine colored wire as a pin. The degree of difficulty ranges from variations of the ubiquitous Granny Square suitable for children to intricate, advanced designs like Five Branches as well as motifs like the Wasp Medallion that look complicated but arent.

Basic information like stitches and their variations, gauges, color usage, abbreviations and chart keys round out this latest and perhaps best, reprinting of a treasured friend.

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