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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844485110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844485116
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Create your own garments and mix and match stitches and edgings with the help of this guide that includes over 200 stitches. Whatever your ability, you will be bale to follow the basic techniques, easy-to-use stitch library and symbols and charts in this compact 256 page book. All the usual stitches, but some more unusual ones too. Shapes and motifs include flowers.-KarenPlatt.co.uk We all need reference books and machine knitters can do a lot worse than have a good handbook of crochet stitches. We can add many decorative edgings to machine knitting, so do look out for [this book]. It's an essential guide for crochet workers of all abilities. Over 200 crochet stitches are explained in full, each accompanied by a photographed sample, row-by-row instructions and easy to follow charts. Additional chapters on basic techniques and materials, a stitch selector and a how-to-use section provide clear guidance for all abilities. The book also includes a detailed introduction to yarns, hooks, accessories and basic crochet stitches. It's illustrated throughout in colour, with easy to use charts and samples.-Machine Knitting Monthly Ideal for anyone who wants to invent their own patterns, this helpful little guide gives you over 200 illustrated stitch patterns to experiment with - from basic patterns to textured stitches, fans and shells, mesh and filet stitches, openwork and lace, spikes, relief stitches, trims, clusters, puffs and bobbles - and more! There are flower patterns and special stitches like overlaid steps and woven checks, too - all in all, an invaluable guide.-AllAboutYou.com

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Betty Barnden is a freelance needlecraft designer who studied furniture design at the Royal College of Art (where she made her first tubular knitted chairs). Betty has designed knitting patterns for companies such as Sirdar, Patons, Jaeger and King Cole. Her knitwear, embroidery and crochet designs have appeared in many magazines over the years, and she has also designed embroidery projects and kits. Betty regularly contributes to Sewing World magazine.

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Myeika Faith on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
After weeks of trying to find somewhere to purchase "The Crochet Stitch Bible" by Betty Barnden ( The Crochet Stitch Bible ) I came across this book, which is actually a reprint of the above mentioned book, at a fraction of the price! It is identical to the Crochet Stitch Bible except that it is not spiral bound! It contains so much information regarding crochet and stitches and is a major companion for anyone who is interested in learning crochet or wants to move ahead and try new stitches and designs. Hope this helps XxX
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M C on 10 Mar 2010
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I had 3 other books from the library but I couldn't work out how to crochet. I looked at several books in a craft shop and the pictures in this one helped me the most. It does not use jargon straight away like many other 'simple' books and the layout is simple and easy to follow. It really did teach me to crochet!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Isabellwwong on 11 Sep 2010
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Of all the crochet books i've seen, i would definately recommend this one! This book was so helpful! there are pages and pages of crochet stitches - each with sample images, patterns and easy to follow instructions. The book also has an intro to show all the different stitches so if you get stuck doing one pattern, you can refer back to the intro. Also has a selection of crochet trims to learn and instruction on how to change colour yarn etc. Great book!! Didn't think i could ever learn how to crochet, but I've done it!

I'm not sure how helpful this is to a more advanced knitter but there are many fantastic stitches and a great reference book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charmaine on 22 Aug 2011
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I was looking for a book which would not only show me crochet techniques but also give me a library of stitches from which to chose. This book certainly fills the bill and would suit both beginners and the more experienced. The instructions, given in both written form and chart, are extremely clear, as are the illustrations. I can't imagine ever needing another crochet 'bible'.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reader, Southampton UK on 19 Aug 2010
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Somewhat rusty, I've got hooked on crochet again... just a basic Old American Square blanket as a simple summer hol project, but having binned some disintegrating 1980s craft books (but saved a few complex old patterns) I bought this book to refresh my memory, along with some wool, before I tackle a complex fine thread pattern again. It comes back (like riding a bike) and is somewhat addictive! Great handbook, lots of choice, clear instructions, and some attractive patterns I have never tackled before.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Holliday on 13 Mar 2012
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This is a great little book, I am just learning to crochet and this book starts at the very basic and moves through to all the other patterns and stitches you can create once confidence grows. It also has a handy key on every page for the crochet symnols which is very useful as the patterns for crochet can often look like a whole new language of its own!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Jan 2011
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This book is a must for lovers of crochet who want to learn more stitches.
Photo's are excellant and the explainations are easy to follow.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sarnia Cherie on 6 Jan 2011
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This is a good book for both the beginner and the more experienced crocheter. The book starts with information on different types of yarn and hooks, including a useful chart which shows the different sizes in UK and US terms. This is followed by instructions for different stitches and helpfully includes the chart symbol for each.

The majority of the book is taken up by written and chart instructions for more than 200 stitches. Cleverly, the stitches are separated into chapters based on stitch type: "basic" "textured" "fan and shell" and so on. And a different brightly coloured yarn is used in each chapter.

I have already completed a beautiful alpaca/silk blend purple scarf using one of the stitches - and have received many compliments!
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