Title: 500 Crochet Stitches, The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible
Author: Pavilion Books
Published By: St. Martin’s Griffin © 2015
Photographs by: Geoff Dann, Holly Joliffe & Michael Wicks
If you are searching for an all-in-one Crochet Book, 500 Crochet Stitches The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible is going to be at the top of your wish-list.
Complete with written instructions and diagrams to help new Crocheter’s learn the craft – this book provides the basic building blocks and skills you need to understand in order to crochet the 500 Crochet Stitches included.
The book begins by walking you through the tools and equipment, before exploring the following skills:
- Holding the Hook and Yarn
- Starting Off: Slip Knot, Yarn Over, Chain Stitch, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half-double Crochet, Double Crochet, Treble, Longer Basic Stitches and the Solomon’s Knot (each with the applicable crochet symbol, abbreviation, written instruction and diagrams to illustrate the stitches)
- Making Fabric: Starting Chain, Working In Rows, Basic Double Crochet Fabric, Fastening Off, Joining in a New Yarn and Changing Color, Placement of Stitches (Working into Chain Spaces, Working Around the Stem, Working Between Stitches, Working Under the Front or Back Loop Only, Starting Chains and Pattern Repeats, Working In Color, Gauge and Increasing and Decreasing)
- Stitch Variations: Filet Crochet, Groups or Shells, Clusters, Bobbles, Popcorns, Puff Stitches, Picots, Crossed Stitches and Irish Crochet
- Working From Patterns
- Stitch Diagrams
Each of the 500 Crochet Stitches included is explained in written American U.S. Crochet terms and includes a stitch diagram. You receive 250 + pages of crochet stitches – basic stitches, motifs and edgings and trims.
You have a complete courseload of information included to teach you how to crochet. Being a ‘book learner’ as opposed to a ‘video learner’ I would definitely recommend 500 Crochet Stitches The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible for the skills it teaches in the first sections alone. Combined with the 500 Crochet Stitches it also teaches us, it is a valuable reference book and a definite ‘must-have’ Crochet Book for your Crochet Library (and mine!).
I love how it expands on the knowledge in The Harmony Guides (which I also own) and presents the information in an updated manner using new photography and new and current yarns. I also love having the information provided in The Harmony Guides consolidated into one concise and detailed publication – instead of 3-separate publications. Although it makes for a weighty book it also makes it very convenient for me to have the knowledge I want on-hand without needing to search for it.
If you are ready to add this fantastic book to your crochet library you can purchase it from Amazon.
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A special thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for providing me with a review copy of this book! The cover image from 500 Crochet Stitches, The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible © 2015 was reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.