- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844485110
- ISBN-13: 978-1844485116
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook of Crochet Stitches: The Complete Illustrated reference to Over 200 Stitches Paperback – 14 Oct 2009
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Mar 10 Betty Barnden is a famous knitting, crochet and embroidery expert, who has designed hundreds of patterns for Sirdar, Patons, Jaeger and other leading knitwear companies. You'll find every crochet stitch you could ever want inside her newest book. It's an essential guide for all crocheters, with each stitch explained in full, and a photo of a stitched sample, row-by-row instructions and easy to read charts. The book also introduces you to different yarns and tools. Knit Today Mar 10 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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I found exactly what I wanted with this book. It isn't too big, so is really easy to carry around, but is full of great stitches. It does have the basics for people learning from scratch, but I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner as there are better books such as Crochet Unravelled or one of the books by Sue Whiting for people just starting out. I've also got The Encyclopaedia of Crochet Techniques by Jan Eaton which would be OK for the basics and is worth considering, but if you have mastered the basics and want to get more creative this book is for you. Its main section is a collection of stitches that can be used in your projects. It gives instructions for the basic stitch pattern, which you then incorporate into the project you want to make. It is well laid out and the various stitches are clearly photographed and easy to find.
You'll be delighted to know I used the "Wheel Circle" on page 214 as the basis for my circular cushion cover and it has worked out beautifully. I am already leafing through the pages working out what I am going to tackle next.
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!
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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This book is superb and I would certainly recommend it . It is clearly written and has accompanying photographs to illustrate each stitch . Read morePublished 5 days ago by hilary mcdonald
I have recently returned to crochet after a break of about 30 years. To start me off again I found How to Crochet: A complete guide for beginners more useful. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am delighted with this little book.Have been able to crochet,but some years ago.This little bible is ideal to revise on previous skillsPublished 3 months ago by mrs a dipple
Excellent book, perfectly clear, fantastic condition.Published 4 months ago by Miss Sam Croft-Pearman
Easy to follow instructions, have made a few things now. Quick delivery.Published 6 months ago by HazelE