500 Crochet Stitches, The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible

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From 500 Crochet Stitches The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible © 2015 by Pavilion Books and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

Title: 500 Crochet Stitches, The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible
Author: Pavilion Books
Published By: St. Martin’s Griffin © 2015
ISBN: 978-1-250-06730-2
Photographs by: Geoff Dann, Holly Joliffe & Michael Wicks

500 Crochet Stitches, The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible

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.

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  1. I would love to have this book in my crochet library! It’s a comprehensive crocheter’s dream dictionary and would be so helpful when designing a new project.

  2. I have this book and it is wonderful! I received it when I was first starting to crochet and it was really easy to help me learn some stitches and read charts at the same time!

  3. I need a new one of these books. My last stitch dictionary fell apart and my hubby being a neat freak threw it away. this one looks so much nicer with lots of new stitches. Can’t wait to get my copy.

  4. A book that has 500 crochet stitches in one book, be still my heart I am in love.

  5. I have a few of these kind of books at home, but everyone gives you an other perspective on stitches. You can never have to many. Everybody should have them 🙂

  6. Wow! I’ve been crocheting for about 50 years and this book has more info than I have! Terrific review!

  7. I actually just ordered this book from Amazon and can’t wait to get it!!!

  8. Such an amazing book, you can always fish up a new stitch or edging. Amazing.

  9. So great that it comes with charts too. I can’t believe that I was afraid of learning how to read a crochet chart when I first started out! Beautiful book – can’t wait to look through it!

  10. Hey Rhondda, I love the “500 Crochet Stitches, The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible”, I’ve been a crocheter for, well, more years than I care to admit….lol The book helps to remind me of stitches I haven’t used for a while and even some I’ve never used. It’s easier to look something up in the book, rather than having to jump on the internet.
    Love ya’

  11. I would love to get this book!! (**)
    I guess I have to hint my hubby about it 😉

  12. This sounds like a much better format than the last stitch encyclopedia I looked at, which had you buying all types of outlandish and expensive yarns just to try out stitches in a project. I will look into this one further, thanks!

  13. I received this book via a friend in USA.
    I lend my own book with crocheting stitches to a friend and it never got returned and on inquiring, it “could not be found”! so this book was a blessing through and through and I often grab it first when thinking on crocheting something new.

  14. I love this book…so much information, along with beautiful pictures =)

  15. This looks like an awesome book. Hope to be able to buy it someday.

  16. Hi Annastasia, Without cross-referencing each one I can’t be sure if there are any new ones but I will cautiously say that I believe these are all included in the Harmony Guides I already own. Hope this helps 🙂 Rhondda

  17. I already own all the harmony guides (the originals and some of the new ones) does this book include anything that the originals don’t have, other than new photography, I’m looking for new stitch patterns.

  18. Such a gorgeous book! Would love to add that to my library 🙂
    Need to create myself a wishlist then maybe some good fairy will put the book in my Xmas Stocking ;D