Book Review: Basic Crochet Stitches

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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