Today’s crochet book review is of a crochet stitch dictionary called 220 More Crochet Stitches: Volume 7 (The Harmony Guides). It’s tough to review a stitch dictionary but let’s give it a try.
Who is this crochet book for?
This is a great book for anyone who crochets to add to their resource library. It’s the kind of book that you can grab to look at when you need inspiration to make a project pop a little bit more.
Format of this crochet book
This is a really thin book considering how much information is packed into it. In under 100 pages it manages to fit in 220 stitches, descriptions of different types of crochet (such as Irish crochet and filet crochet), images for every stitch type and a little introduction. The result is that you can get a little bit overwhelmed looking through it. It’s comparable to looking at a dictionary and trying to read it like a book. If you keep in mind that this is supposed to be a dictionary then you’ll do just fine with it.
Here’s what you’ll find in the book (in order):
- Brief introduction to crochet including hook options and how to hold a crochet hook
- Basic stitches (simple reminders of things like how to crochet double crochet)
- Variations on basic stitches (like how to use double crochet to create shells)
- Pattern instructions (detailed information about how to read a pattern, shape items, etc.
- Guide to crochet abbreviations and symbols
- How to do all over patterns (such as how to crochet chevron stripes)
- Guide to filet crochet (what it is, how to do it and different filet crochet pattern options)
- Guide to motifs (motif patterns, methods of joining motifs, etc.)
- Guide to Irish Style crochet (what it is, how to do it, different patterns and motifs to create for this style of crochet)
- Edgings and Trimmings (a selection of different edgings you can add to just about anything)
- Guide to Tunisian crochet (what it is, how to hold the hook for this style, basic stitches, new crochet abbreviations, etc.)
Favorite projects from this crochet book
Usually when I do a crochet book review I pull out some images of great projects from the book. However it’s a little bit different with a stitch dictionary. What I’ll say is that there are two sections of the dictionary that I especially like:
1. Guide to Irish Style crochet. It’s a cool type of lacy crochet that I really want to learn more about and this guide is really concise and useful and helpful.
2. Edgings and trimmings. I always like to add borders and new edges to things so I love having a section of pretty edges to play with.
The one thing that I don’t like about this crochet book is that it doesn’t say the name of the different patterns. For example, there is an all over pattern for Chevron stripes but it doesn’t say anywhere that that’s what it’s called. It is just assigned a number in the dictionary. A lot of the patterns certainly have names and I would prefer it if the book said what these were. I would also like to see an index of these names so I could use the book to look up different stitch, pattern and motif names. There is no index for this book.
Question for readers
What is your favorite crochet stitch dictionary to use? Why?