Monday, 26 July 2010

Four Crochet Book Reviews

Today I'd like to share a selection of crochet books that I've recently borrowed from my local Library.  They  all show a great selection of crochet techniques with sample stitches and colours.  Has anyone used one of these books before?  Let me know which crochet book you prefer, and why.  I do have a list of more books (I'm a bit of a book addict) to review shortly too.  Have a great day!

The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques
Wonderful textured fabrics are now within easy reach!  This complete guide explains, in a clear and easy-to-follow fashion, how to create everything from openwork and lace through to woven and hairpin crochet.  As useful for the highly experienced as the absolute beginner, this information-packed book takes you through the basic techniques to a highly adaptable project section that will provide guidance and inspiration for making colourful and stylish garments for you to wear.  Create wonderful textured fabrics with this complete guide to crochet. Essential tools and techniques are clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations, from working stitches and measuring gauge to adding embellishments and finishing off.  Each technique includes stitch patterns to try out, and an adaptable project section allows you to practice your new skills making original and colourful garments and accessories using your own choice of yarns and stitches.

200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix-and-Match
Choose from 200 beautiful block designs and learn different ways of joining them to make blankets and throws that are both functional and decorative. From Art Deco geometric patterns to traditional chequer-board stripes and elaborate motifs, discover new ways to combine colour, pattern and texture.  All stitches and techniques are clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations, from working in rows and in the round to joining blocks and making figures. At-a-glance symbols denote the methods used and level of difficulty, so both new and experienced crafters can easily create a crochet masterpiece.

The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 to Crochet

If you're looking for stitch inspiration, "Basic Crochet Stitches" brims with new and old stitches to delight crocheters of all skill levels.  All swatches are worked in updated yarns, beautifully photographed and accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions.  There are tips and photographs throughout.

200 Ripple Stitch Patterns: Exciting patterns to Knit and Crochet for Afghans, Blankets and Throws: Textured Blocks to Knit and Crochet for Afghans, Blankets and Throws 
This easy-to-use book features 200 colourful ripple-stitch patterns to knit and crochet using a range of techniques, from traditional Shetland lace stitches to modern textured patterns. This book helps to create beautiful fabrics with variegated zigzags of colour and pretty ridged effects, perfect for afghans, throws, baby blankets, scarves, evening wraps and travel rugs. The main part of the book is a stitch directory containing 200 patterns, each featuring a detailed photograph, clear instructions, suggested colour variations and charts where needed. It includes guidance on planning your project, choosing yarns, making swatches, combining stitches and colours, and finishing off with borders and edgings.

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