Crochet Books: Crochet Stitch Motifs

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Last week’s crochet book review was for a Harmony Guides crochet stitch dictionary. This week’s is for a different crochet stitch dictionary that is also by Harmony Guides. I thought it would be helpful to have them both reviewed to get a sense of how crochet dictionaries can be different from one another even though they often contain some of the same information. Today’s crochet book review is for The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 Stitches to Crochet Crochet Books: Crochet Stitch Motifs edited by Erika Knight.

Who is this crochet book for?

Anyone seeking to add a solid stitch dictionary to their crochet library.

Format of this crochet book

This is a well organized crochet stitch dictionary formatted as follows:

  • Inspiring introduction about what crochet is and how and why to do it
  • Information on crochet tools and equipment
  • “The Basics” of how to crochet
  • Guide to “Making Fabric” (how to work in rows, how to change colors, etc.)
  • Stitch variations (filet crochet, shells, etc.)
  • Guide to Irish Crochet (what it is and how to do the basic stitches it requires)
  • Stitch Gallery. This is the bulk of the book, hundreds of pages of motifs. What I love about the layout of the stitch gallery is that each page has only one stitch on it. In comparison with the stitch dictionary reviewed last week where the pages were overcrowded, this one is really easy on the eyes. That said, it is bulkier so wouldn’t travel as well. Each stitch gallery page includes an image of thee motif (such as a traditional square), a stitch diagram and row-by-row written instructions. Some pages also have bonus tips on them, such as tips about the pros and cons of bamboo crochet hooks.
  • Key. This is a guide to how to read stitch diagrams.
  • Abbreviations. Just in case there are any that you weren’t sure about.
  • Index. I appreciate that this stitch dictionary includes motif names and an index to find the motifs you’re looking for.

Favorite projects from this crochet book

What I love most in this stitch dictionary is that you’ll find little surprises as you look through it. There’s a lot more than just circles and squares here. One page might have a leaf, another might have a flower, another may have stitched together cogwheels. These make it inspiring to flip through the book.

Additional notes

The introduction to this book is amazingly eloquent. In fact I’ve used it twice as a resource for great crochetquotes.

Question for readers

What do you think makes a good stitch dictionary?

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