It's no secret that I'm a fan of crochet stitch guides. You might even say that I'm a stitch guide collector. The Crochet Stitch Guide is designed to be an on-the-go stitch guide. The book is about the size of a folded piece of letter paper, and at 96 pages, it is thin enough to be truly portable.
The 86 stitches are organized into 7 sections.
Clusters includes 27 stitch patterns. Many of these are quite lacy, although there are several that have a denser feel.
Textured Stitches includes 7 stitch patterns that use post stitches, clusters, combinations of different heights, and working into the front or back loop to create textured surfaces.
Picots includes 6 lacy, picot stitch patterns.
V-stitches includes 8 variations on the v-stitch.
Special Stitches includes 10 patterns using a variety of stitches such as popcorns and spikes.
Shells includes 14 stitch patterns made with some combination of shells/fans.
Miscellaneous includes 14 patterns using a variety of stitches.
There is a short appendix in the back that includes a guide to U.S. crochet abbreviations and terminology.
Each stitch pattern includes a swatch photographed against a black background. Special stitches are explained at the beginning of the pattern, so you will not need to flip back and forth.
Since many contemporary stitch guides show swatch pictures against a white background, the stitch pictures in this book have a vintage feel. It isn't immediately clear why some patterns are in the Special Stitches section while others are in the Miscellaneous section. There are no international stitch symbols in this book, and only a brief explanation of the differences between U.S. and U.K. pattern terminology. There is no index, and there are no illustrations to demonstrate unusual stitches.
Overall, this is a solid stitch guide for a crocheter without an extensive stitch guide collection. If you have an existing American stitch guide collection, you may want to skip this book because some of the patterns will be familiar. On the other hand, the portability of this book makes it a good addition for a crocheter who travels a lot or crochets during while commuting.
Full disclosure: A free review copy of Crochet Stitch Guide was provided by Leisure Arts. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.