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Book Review: Basic Crochet Stitches

By Sandy Amazeen Jun 24, 2008, 4:14 GMT

Book Review: Basic Crochet Stitches

For those searching for stitch inspiration, this handbook brims with more than 200 new and old stitches to delight crocheters of all skill levels. Packed with tips and tricks, the guide outlines basic crochet techniques in addition to the latest trends in contemporary yarns—all of which are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions. Projects include using the single cluster crochet stitch as a great foundation pattern for a textured scarf or implementing ...more

Crochet is an ancient textile technique that requires only a hook, a ball of yarn and knowledge of four basic stitches. It is the combinations and variations of those four stitches that provide nearly endless pattern possibilities and that is where the venerable Harmony Guide comes in. Long considered one of best stitch guides available, Interweave Press has re-released this treasured volume with all the designs shown in clear, close-up color photography.

Line drawings demonstrate how to make the basic stitches before moving on to how to work some variations like shells, bobbles and picots. Each stitch is presented with row-by-row instructions as well as a stitch chart. For those unfamiliar with using the stitch diagrams, there is a comprehensive symbol key located in the back as well as a handy abbreviation guide.

The 250 stitches vary from simple single and double crochet fabrics suitable for beginners to complex designs like the raised texture of the Thistle or the Floral Trellis that will interest the more experienced crocheter. Clearly, Erika Knight and Interweave Press have succeeded in making an old classic even better.

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