Indispensable Stitch Dictionary for Crocheters

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Book Review Affiliate PostThis is a beautiful stitch dictionary, from cover to cover and it will make a great addition to your crochet library. Some of the stitches included are original designs from Melissa Leapman – so you may not have seen them before in any pattern!

Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

Title: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters
 Melissa Leapman
Photography: Glenn Scott Photography
Format: Softbound, 176 Pages
Size: 8.5 ” by 11″
ISBN: 9781589239296
Publisher: Creative Publishing International, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, Inc.
Published: August 15, 2016
Price: $24.99 USD

Melissa Leapman’s

Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

200 Stitch Patterns In Words and Symbols

Filled with colorful stitch pattern samples, Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters provides written instructions and stitch diagrams (using international crochet symbols) for 200 stitch patterns.

Six Sections

Six different sections are included – based on fabric type:

  • Simple Solid Patterns
  • Shell and Fan Stitch Patterns
  • Openwork and Lace Patterns
  • Textured Patterns
  • Colorwork Patterns
  • Edgings

Tips and Tricks

The introduction includes tips and tricks such as:

  • How to Use this Book
  • Incorporating the Patterns in Projects
  • Swapping Stitch Patterns within Existing Patterns
  • Designing from Scratch
  • How to Shape Pieces When Working Pattern Stitches (which I found helpful!)

Reversible Stitches

When you browse through the book you might see a symbol like this:

Melissa Leapman s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters Quarto Creates Books

Which means the stitch pattern you are looking at looks great from both sides of the fabric! Sometimes it will be the same on both sides (and then there will be 1 image only). Sometimes it will be different on each side and then you will see 2 images. One example is shown below – Almond Ridges (RS – Right Side) and Almond Ridges (WS – Wrong Side) and both sides look pretty!


The stitch diagrams include:

  • the foundation row(s) are labeled
  • the stitch repeat is shaded with gray
  • alternating colors (black, blue) for rows when designs are worked in a single color
  • alternating colors are shown as Color A: purple, Color B: green, Color C: orange, Color D: turquoise
  • rows are numbered with easy-to-find numbers (not itty bitty ones!)
  • repeat sections are designated clearly with a bracket and labelled as REPEAT
  • when stitches are in front of other stitches (when they overlap) they are outlined in white

Crochet Chart Reading Tips

Tips on Reading Crochet Charts have been included on page 161, Understanding International Crochet Symbols and the Glossary to all of the Symbols used in the book can be found on page 160.

Basic Crochet Techniques

The following Basic Crochet Techniques have been included:

  • Slip Knot
  • Chain
  • Slip Stitch
  • Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, Triple Crochet, Double Triple Crochet
  • 2-dc Cluster, 3-dc Cluster, 4-dc Cluster, 5-dc Cluster,
  • 3-tr Cluster
  • Double crochet 2 together, Double crochet 3 together, Double crochet 4 together, Double crochet 5 together
  • End of Row Cluster
  • Foundation Row Cluster
  • Long Bobble
  • Long Double Crochet
  • Main Cluster
  • Perpendicular 2-dc Cluster
  • Picot
  • Reverse Single Crochet
  • Single Crochet Over Previous
  • Single Crochet 2 Together, Single Crochet 3 Together, Triple Crochet 2 Together
  • Working around the back post of a stitch; working around the front post of a stitch
  • Working behind the last row; working in front of the last row
  • Working in front of the last two front post stitches; working behind last two front posts stitches
  • Working in the back loop or front loop only
  • Working into chain spaces
  • Carrying the yarn along the side of the project
  • Attaching a new color of yarn

Step-by-step diagrams and written instructions are included for each of the Stitches/Techniques.

I really love this stitch dictionary – especially the Colorwork Patterns Section. Included in this section are reversible fabrics, textured mosaics, checkerboard designs and multicolor fabrics. Each of the stitch patterns included is created by using one color per row – which is amazing in itself when the finished design appears so intricate!

My favorites include:

  • Steamers – page 107
  • Istanbul Mosaic – page 110
  • Stairsteps – page 116
  • Interlocked Diamonds – page 122
  • Kyoto Pattern – page 138

The book is published on non-glossy and heavier weight (thicker) paper. The instructions are printed in a neat and clean typeface. The instructions for each row are easy to spot because they all begin in bolded print. The important Notes are included at the beginning of each stitch pattern in italics and every image included is detailed and vibrantly colored; making it easy to see the stitches.

I love the yarn colors chosen for the samples too – each section stays within a particular colorway (for the most part) with Openwork and Lace in shades of yellow, Shells and Fans in shades of pink (except one purple – which to me borders on a simple solid pattern anyway), Simple Solid Patterns are in shades of purple and the Textured Patterns are in shades of turquoise.

Being a visual person, I respond to colors and textures and I find browsing through Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Guide for Crocheters is a pleasure. I like how she has included important information (like how to shape pieces when working pattern stitches), how she has included the shaded sections for the stitch repeats (stitch multiples) in the diagrams and how the Notes section for each Stitch Pattern includes the written explanation for any special stitches being used (so you don’t need to constantly flip to the Techniques Section to work the stitches).

This is a beautiful stitch dictionary, from cover to cover and it will make a great addition to your crochet library. Some of the stitches included are original designs from Melissa Leapman – so you may not have seen them before in any pattern!

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  1. It’s amazing to me how interesting these books are, and how many stitches there are. I have a different older ‘stitch book’ for crochet and many other crafts are in it, but nowadays I find so much of what I need on the internet, whether it be at a blogger’s page or a youtube video. I never even think to pull the book I have off the shelf :(.

  2. This book looks amazing! I’m always looking for stitches that are different from the basic.

  3. Hi Ginger, if you contact the publisher of the book they often help with questions and sometimes even have additional visuals available they can send you or link you to for the book. I’d contact them first just to see 🙂 I haven’t tried that stitch yet myself to be 100% sure which way to make it or else I’d try to help you right now! All the best, Rhondda

  4. I purchased the digital copy of this book and LOVE it. The only bad part is I have no way to ask a question to the author. I am stuck on the Perpendicular 2-dc Cluster crochet. In the picture it shows where to enter the stitch on the side but not where to enter on the top as stated. I guess I’ll have to find another stitch I like 🙁

  5. This is going to be what I tell my son I want for Christmas, if I can wait that long. I’m a visual learner so this would definitely help me to increase my knowledge of stitch patterns.

  6. I am always looking for different stitch patterns and I have 2 books now but would love to have some different ones also

  7. I picked up crochet a few years ago, and definitely do not “Indispensable Stitch Collection” to my X-mas wish list. The review has definitely intrigue me enough to want to have it!

  8. Reviews were quite helpful in,helping me decide to our chase this book. Thank you.

  9. Great book. I have added this to my wishlist. I love that the stitch samples are color coded. I respond to color and this helps me.

  10. Thanks for the in depth review, I’ll be purchasing “Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters”!

  11. Thanks so much! Your reviews are so informative. Have to check out more of them. You’ve given great detail to all the things that are important to me in determining whether to purchase a new book or not. You really make me want this one as well!

  12. Wow, this must be a cool book for newbies as well as experienced crocheters. Thank you for your review!

  13. I too am a visual person, I respond to colors and textures. Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Guide for Crocheters is a comprehensive guide that is easy to follow.

  14. This looks like a great collection of crochet stitches. I will be sure to check this one out.

  15. Wow! I absolutely LOVE to learn new stitches, going to check if this one is avail in The Netherlands!!?