Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review Part 2: Reader's Digest Ultimate Sourcebook, Crochet

The Crochet portion of this book reflects the difference between knit and crochet. It still has the extensive techniques section. This is helpful if you already know the basics, but need help with new techniques. Whatever your skill level, you will find something new and useful in this book, Reader's Digest The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches.

The techniques section covers the basic stitches, as well as more specific stitches used in this book. You will find illustrations that will help you with everything from gauge, working in rows, working in the round, changing color, popcorn, bobble and puffed stitch. One technique you may find interesting is the Tunisian crochet section. This explains the Tunisian simple stitch, but also the knit, purl, and double crochet stitches. Even how to increase or decrease in Tunisian crochet. Then it gives more information for filet crochet and Irish crochet.

Now for the stitches. This book is divided into medium weight, heavy weight, openwork, crochet motifs, and edgings. The medium weight is further divided between simple stitch patterns and complex. Here you will find "some of the most useful crochet stitch patterns" as the introduction to this section explains. The heavy weight stitch section includes highly textured stitches, and Tunisian crochet stitches. The Tunisian crochet has more than just your basic stitches, but some nice textures and patterns.

Openwork comes next. As we all know this is where crochet differs from knitting the most. This section reflects that rather than trying to make crochet look more like knitting, or only showing the solid fabrics you can make with crochet. This section has filet crochet, including letter forms for each letter in the alphabet. The dense lace section includes one of my favorite stitches, Diamond Shell Trellis Stitch. An unique blend of open and dense fabrics. A section on mesh type stitches completes this section. Use these for your next market bag, or as the filler for Irish crochet motifs later in the book.

The Irish crochet motifs show off some of the three-D possibilities of crochet with different flowers and leaves. The assorted motifs section included the traditional granny square and variations, one is a triangle. These are great for summer knitting, you don't have to work with the whole big project on your lap. Last edgings, these will work for your crochet projects, of course. But try them out on fabric for a blanket, or edge your next knitting project.

Reader's Digest, The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches, Over 900 great stitches detailed for needlecrafters of every level. Use it to inspire you and make your next project your own.

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