The Big Book of Crochet Stitches

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Title: The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
Author: Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
ISBN: 978-1-60468-450-6
Publisher: Martingale
Photography Credits: Martingale and Photographer Brent Kane

With 189 pages and more than 350 crochet stitches, The Big Book of Crochet Stitches is an excellent resource to add to your Crochet Library. especially if you are a Crochet Designer.

The book is divided into sections for:

  • Bobbles
  • Chevrons
  • Clusters
  • Cross Stitches
  • Easy Stitches
  • Fans
  • Loop Stitches
  • Multicolour Stitches
  • Picots
  • Popcorns
  • Puff Stitches
  • Raised Stitches
  • Shells
  • Special Stitches
  • V-Stitches


01-192 B1274 4ths.inddEach stitch is explained in written crochet terms and the special stitches required are included with the stitch instructions (not on an alternate page).

There are so many stitches I want to try in this book!

A few of my favourites are:

  • Oval Windows, page 40
  • Chained Melody, page 44
  • Take it Easy, page 66
  • Cross Patch, page 73
  • Blackberry, page 86

Here are some other lovely examples courtesy of Martingale:

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There is so much inspiration packed into this book – I could spend hours just scrolling through the pages.


One thing I really love about this book is the variety of stitches included. If you only want to purchase one “Stitch Dictionary”, this book would be a fantastic choice.

You can purchase The Big Book of Crochet Stitches from Martingale directly.

This book is also available for purchase from Amazon:

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  1. This book has become so popular! So many awesome stitches to make beautiful projects!

  2. Hi Barbara, technically yes, you can add increases and decreases to any stitch pattern to make the fabric take a new shape and size. Where you place those increases and decreases will change the finished look of the fabric – like when you add increases to both ends of a row it will make the shape become more triangular. The trouble with substituting stitches for those in a specific pattern is that all stitches have different heights and widths – so for a garment it may be difficult to find a stitch to substitute for the single crochet stitch, without increasing either the height or width of the stitch at the same time. You may want to see if you can find a different pattern to use instead? Sara at Posh Pooch Designs has a number of free patterns for dogs (smaller dogs) available. You can take a look at what she has available here: Hope this helps a little bit, Rhondda

  3. I am trying to find an alternate
    light beautiful stitch to the boring single crochet stitch that it calls for in my little dogs crochet pattern .The single crochet stitch is too warm for in the house yet Ido not want a stitch either full of holes..and of course I can add increases or decreases..I can’t find anything like this..can a person add increases to the end of rows for all stitch patterns? I have seen some beautiful stitches, yet they only show dishcloth size and don’t tell you if you can add increases and decreases to use it in a pattern,please help!!

  4. I love trying new stitches by making wash cloths! This would be wonderful 😀

  5. It’s so good to have the stitches explained so clearly, a great book.

  6. Hi Arlene 🙂 It is a fabulous book and you can purchase it from Amazon. I left the links above in the post. Have a great day! Rhondda