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The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns [Paperback]

Linda P. Schapper
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2011
This stitchwork classic features 500 designs ranging from traditional patterns to original motifs--crocheters of every level will find essential information and inspiration on every page. Each design features a close-up color photograph, a diagram showing each stitch and its placement, and easy to follow instructions. A pictorial index displays a thumbnail view of every design for easy selection and navigation. No wonder The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs is considered a must-have reference for crocheters!


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Linda Schapper's artistic vision is expressed in a wide range of media, from patchwork quilts and crochet to painting and liturgical textiles, all of which are characterized by a folk-art style. She has traveled and taught extensively in more than 30 countries, had some 100 exhibits of her patchwork quilts, and written eight books--four of them on crochet. Linda lives in Orlando, Florida.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical book Jan. 20 2011
By Bari
I actually love this book as there are blue print patterns that can be easily read. I own a lot of crocheting books however most of them have written description of patterns and I still find it difficult to read all these "half sts rpt dbl sl st", so this book contains both the blue print and written descriptions. I agree with others about author's selection of yarn and pictures; if she chose smooth yarns and different backgrounds for the pictures, the book would look more attractive and would sell itself better. I like this book and would recommend it to anybody who looks for inspiration and is able to imagine the author's patterns in different colours using different yarns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Shortage of Ideas Oct. 12 2010
By Leslie
I originally borrowed this book from the library, looking for some new stitch patterns to try. After perusing the 500 offered in this book, I've decided it's worth adding to my personal and ever-growing collection of crochet books. As a previous reviewer indicated, the samples are done and photographed using white yarn which do tend to blur one after another when looking at 500 of them, but they really are organized well and the patterns for each are extremely well written and easy to follow. Great reference book in my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressive July 29 2009
By kiwi
The designs are kinda blah and repetitious. Nothing too exciting or different here. And the pictures are all made with white yarn so they don't stand out well from the pages. At some point, it's just a sea of white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book June 6 2013
By Laureen
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I kept borrowing this book from the public library, renewing it time after time, so finally, I decided it was time to get my own. I love it!

It's full of terrific and fascinating patterns. Some are variations on classic stitches, but many are original to the author. She's organized them by type of design, and by which stitches are used, and explained all of them clearly and simply.

Every stitch pattern is illustrated in a photograph, using off-white yarn against a colored background. I've wondered why the author chose off-white rather than, say, white. However, I find I prefer viewing patterns in a neutral color like off-white over viewing patterns in bright, creative colors; if a particular color scheme doesn't appeal to me, I tend to overlook the pattern itself, which I might like if it were in colors I prefer.

The patterns are also illustrated with a drawing of the stitches, so one can see clearly where the yarn goes, and how the pattern comes together.

I also really like the visual table of contents, which lists the patterns in sequence with page numbers.

If you like to create your own projects, based on others' ideas, but following your own plan and purpose, you'll find The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs to be invaluable.
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