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The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns Paperback – Nov 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; Revised edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454701374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454701378
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2.4 x 25.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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About the Author

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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Overall a very good book with lots of great stitch patterns and ideas. The front includes clear descriptions on how to make each stitch (from standard to bobbles, picots, clusters, x's etc) and a full reference chart of all the international crochet symbols. It also includes a picture index so you can quickly find a stitch visually, as well they are sorted in chapters by the kind of stitch.

Each pattern Includes both written and diagram style of pattern which really gives you a clear idea of how to make the stitches, and each pattern clearly indicates the pattern multiples at the start of each description.

One area for improvement would be the diagrams - although they are clear, the pictures are all white yarn, and it looks like a very rough, thinner, yarn was used to make the samples. It would be nice to see how these stitches would actually look with a softer worsted yarn which is what many people would use to actually make blankets and various other items using these stitches. And the difference in color would maybe make it a little more interesting to flip through.

Overall it's a great reference guide if you're looking to try out some new stitches or create an afghan/blanket with some new patterns. I'd think this book would be better for someone who is familiar with crochet and understands how multiples work as it only shows you how to make the repeating pattern, and doesn't walk you through creating a project with these stitches - so you'd need to know how to use these stitches in your own work.
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This is a very comprehensive guide for many different crochet stitches. It is going to take me a long time to try them all out. The book is well laid out and divided into chapters dedicated to a a particular family of stitches. Each stitch is is well described and illustrated. The step-by-step descriptions make learning a new stitch or stitch combination easy. One thing I would add to the book is the commonly used name(s) for each stitch. The order was received promptly and within the shipping time stated. The book was exactly as described. This stitch guide would make an excellent addition to any crafters library and contains more stitch descriptions than other similar crochet stitch guides that I have seen.
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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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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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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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If you want to own one book about crochet, this is the one! What I do appreciate most is that every sample is made from the same yarn. I can compare stitches more easily. Great job!
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I love the variety of stitches included in the book. I find the instructions easy to follow and clearly written.

I am not a fan of the colour of yarn that was chosen to crochet these stitch designs...or the texture of the yarn.

I find it hard to envision the designs occasionally depending on the stitch - mostly because everything is so white!

But this also makes it helpful because you can photocopy the design image you like and then use coloured pencils to colour in the stitches to see what colour combinations you like the most.
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