Crochet! Book Review and Giveaway

Today is something old and something new. Just like every other week I’m doing a crochet book review. The new thing is that I’m also doing this blog’s first giveaway. It’s of the book Crochet!: Techniques*Stitches*Patterns by Marie-Noelle Bayard. It’s a great stitch dictionary that I’m thoroughly enjoying so I’m happy to be able to offer a copy to one of my readers. The review follows as normal and the giveaway information can be found below that.

Who this crochet book is for

Bayard’s crochet book is three things in one making it a great book for any crocheter’s library. First it is a basic primer on how to crochet, providing techniques that make it a great starter book for the beginning crocheter (and a great reminder for the intermediate crocheter). Second this book is a stitch dictionary, something that everyone should have because you can do so much when you know different types of stitches (such as riddle stitch and granite stitch, which are both featured in this book). And finally it’s a crochet pattern book with twenty original designs that run the gamut from clothing and accessories to toys and home decor, meaning that there’s a little bit of something for everyone in this crochet book. I really love that it’s primarily a stitch dictionary but that it also includes pattern – this is unique from most of the stitch dictionaries I’ve checked out.

Crochet book format

This crochet book uses the following format:

  • One page preface that packs a punch. I’ll be quoting it in a future “crochet quote of the day” for sure.
  • Part One: Techniques:
    • Guide to different types of yarns, where they come from and what types of projects they’re good for crocheting. For example, it notes that baby wool is good for special items such as layettes.
    • Guide to crochet tools including both crochet hooks and additional dressmaking tools.
    • Information on the instructions, abbreviations and symbols used in crochet patterns.
    • Guide for “how to crochet” with information on how to hold your yarn if you’re left handed or right handed, etc. What’s great is that the directions for each step are super easy to understand and are accompanied by clear photographs. After providing basics on how to crochet it shows how to do specific techniques, such as creating different types of necklines for a shirt.
  • Part Two: Basics. This is the stitch dictionary portion, which also uses very simple step-by-step instructions accompanied by photos. It starts with the basic stitches, of course, like double crochet. Then it goes into less common stitches, such as crab stitch. And then it goes on to describe pattern stitches (which is where you’ll find that riddle stitch I mentioned earlier). I found that most of the stitches were familiar to me but some were new and fun, which is always great to discover in a stitch dictionary.
  • Part 3: Textured Stitches. This is where you’ll find ribbing, puff stitches, honeycomb stitch and other textured stitches. I have to say this is my favorite section of the book because I love the feel of working with textured stitches!
  • Part 4: Lace Pattern Stitches. Here you can find directions for lacy stitches like lace fans and eyelet pyramids.
  • Part 5: Composite Stitches. Put together some of the information that you’ve found in other sections with these complicated, beautiful composite stitches (really more like motifs). This section doesn’t have the step-by-step photos but instead has a regular photo and then a stitch diagram. I never use stitch diagrams because I’m more of a word-learner so I can’t vouch for how good they are but they look clear from what I can tell.
  • The Patterns. These start in the middle of the basic stitches and are interspersed throughout the stitch dictionary section of the book, using the stitches in that section (for example, lace-based patterns are at the end of part 4 on lace patterns). They include a box that shows the materials needed, the size of the finished product, the skill level required and the stitches used (with a page reference to help you find the stitch in the stitch dictionary – a great feature!) Then you get the row-by-row instructions (clear, easy to understand), a photo of what the finished product looks like, and a drawing providing additional helpful information for putting your project together.
  • The Index. In most books the index is something that you ignore until you need it. However, this book is different. There is an entire index section that is photo-based. It shows the photo, the name of the stitch and the pages that you will find the stitch on. So you could actually start using this book by going to the index, seeing a photo of a stitch that you like (or a pattern) and then finding the pages that have its instructions and related patterns. Very cool. The index for pattern stitches also has small stitch diagrams for those of you who like learning by diagram. At the very end is a traditional index as well.
  • Notes. There are a few blank lined pages in the book where you can add your own notes. How thoughtful!

Examples of crochet patterns from this book

Here is a glimpse into a couple of my favorite patterns that can be found in this crochet book:


Japanese Pillow

Cuddly Toy




Like I said, I think this book would be a great addition to any crocheter’s library of books. If you want it, then enter the giveaway to win. Here are the rules:

  • This book was published by Sixth and Spring Books. Go to their site and check out their other crochet books. Then come back here and leave a comment naming the book that you find most interesting there. This is the mandatory entry and must be done before any bonus entries.

After doing the mandatory entry, you are free to do any or all of the following bonus entries (one extra entry each):

  • Follow me on Twitter @Crochetblogger. Leave me a comment here on the blog letting me know your Twitter handle. (If you already follow me, that counts, too, as long as you mention it in a comment here on the blog.)
  • RT this giveaway. Leave a comment with your Twitter handle and a note that it was RTd so I know that you did.
  • Check out the other crochet book reviews I’ve done. Leave a comment on any of those reviews. One bonus entry for each additional comment. No need to comment again here about this one – I’ll count all comments on crochet book review posts that are posted between now and the end of the giveaway.
  • Check out my crochet articles on HubPages. Leave a comment on any of them. Come back here to let me know how many you commented on (one extra entry each).

This giveaway ends on Saturday, May 14th at midnight PST. I will use random generator to select the winner. The winner’s name will be announced on the blog on Sunday. As with all giveaways it is important that you provide an email address or a link to your site when you comment so I can reach you to notify you if you win!

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  1. I had no clue about this publisher. Thank you for letting us know! I was kind of torn between Crocheted Bags and Hooked on Style.

  2. I just reread this post…..ugh…I went and commented on your reviews first. I am headed to your hubpages articles.

  3. Gosh! I hadn’t heard about this publisher either! I think Crocheting on the Edge looks fascinating, but frankly, they all look gorgeous and wonderful!

  4. I own the Vogue crochet shawls book and it’s a good source of inspiration. I think the two Vogue scarf books would be too, as well as sources of new crochet stitches to learn.

  5. I think Vogue Knitting On the Go! Crocheted Bags looks very interesting. I love making accessories but haven’t yet tried a bag!

  6. I follow you on twitter already, I’m @tillywcrafts!! =D

  7. Also just re-tweeted on @tillywcrafts

  8. Jackie Bourassa

    Crocheting on the Edge looks like an awesome book.

  9. Crochet inspiration and Crochet Barbie! Love the looks of both of them, might have to go buy them now :)

  10. Louise Marsalko

    I like candy babies the best!

  11. Jackie Bourassa

    @jackiejeanbean is my twitter handle

  12. I’ve seen the Candy Crochet books before, but I can never find the one I really want – the Crochet for Barbie dolls. Keep hoping the library will get a copy. Ah well.
    I’d love to snag a copy of this one! I have zero crochet related books, lol, and could really use one that isn’t an e-book.

  13. I thought Candi Blankets looked like fun

  14. Jackie Bourassa

    @jackiejeanbean RT your tweet

  15. I have all of Nicky’s books. I find her delightful to read and always full of fun and creative stitch and color play. For Mother’s Day I was gifted the S4 from Vogue and have not had the chance to start it yet. Looks to be VERY promising.

  16. I am following you! @cravn

  17. I have a few of these books already! Love them! So, today my wish would be “On the Go! Felted Crochet” I love to crochet and felt (and knit, and quilt, and embroider, and…… !!)

  18. RT’s under @atomiclulu2 and @cravn

  19. I have use “Crochet Inspiration” for years; the stitch pics and charts are spot on. “Crocheting Over the Edge”–in fact most Nicky E. books–are a necessity. All of the Vogue ‘-ionarty’ selections are loaded with project inspiring ideas, as well as excellent & complete references all in one source. The “On The Go” books are satisfying to any level of expertise. I have not reviewed/seen “Hooked on Style”–which I do at the excellent local library, prior to purchasing, or not!

  20. Hub Pages – Crochet Baby Hats – 78

  21. I LOVE the shawls book!! I love to crochet shawls and sweaters!!

  22. Jackie Bourassa

    5 comments on your blogs. Thank you for such good information.

  23. Crochet Inspirations looks very interesting to me.

  24. I found the “Hooked on Style” and “Vogue Knitting on the Go, Crochet Basics” the ones I found the most intriguing. The former for me and the latter for a friend.

  25. Leslie Clarkson

    Actually any of the books are fantastic, but I think that since I know Nicky’s other “edge” books, I would probably start there, or her scarf book. I am new to crochet after being a knitter for so many years. Love the abilty switch colors so easily in crochet … and the speed…

  26. Knitting is my primary craft, so I really like the crocheting on the edge book. I think it would provide lots of new ideas that I could incorporate in my knitting projects.

    That being said, I am really wanting to learn how to crochet, so I would love to win this book!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Winnie Sipprell

    I am both a crocheter, knitter and beader. It is great to see so many innovative crochet books today. I have 3 of those in the list of publications, Hooked on Jewelry, Vogue and I can’t remember the exact name of the other. But Hooked on Style , Crocheted Bags and Crocheted Shawls definitely look of interest. Thanks for bringing attention to the art of crochet.

  28. I liked the book CandyTots, as I am a grandmother of a two-year-old and a four-month-old. The desciption of the patterns looked so interesting and I liked that it also gave you help with need supplies.

  29. I love the Candy Blankets crochet book. There are so many babies being born in our families and I am making blankets for all of them!! I am excited to see all the new styles!

  30. I like Hooked on Style.

  31. As a beginner/intermediate crocheter and avid knitter, I love them all! My eyes first lit up at the Crocheted Hats book…….and I love that this new book will cover the basics and go up from there~

  32. Candy Tots looks like the one I could use right now. Found alot of others I like too.

  33. I’m really interested in Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers. Such beautiful additions to my projects!

  34. As a first time mommy to be I’m very interested in the Candy Babies book. Thanks for your review, the give away book sounds amazing!!

  35. Gaylyn Wheaton

    I need a new crochet book!

  36. I have always wanted to buy the book Crocheting on the edge by Nicky Epstein.

  37. Oh, my CANDY BABIES! What *else* would a new little girl’s grandnana fall for? :)
    I’m off to follow you on Twitter (btw, I’m so new to crochet, I’m only just learning to hold the yarn & hook properly! What better book to win that this delightful one, thank you for offering it, it will get me started properly!)

  38. I’ll be looking in my local book shop for the vogue crochet basics book. I’m new to the craft and always looking for really good instructional books with hints and ideas. So if I’m not the lucky winner, I’ll be looking for Marie-Noelle’s book too!

  39. My twitter name is @phaepenn too!

  40. Heidi Itashiki

    Crocheting on the Edge looks like the coolest book!!!

  41. I thought “Crocheting on the Edge” looked really interesting. Tons of things to do.

  42. Candy Tots was wonderful and made for some cute little grand daughter dresses.

  43. Knit 101 looks like something that I could use. I’m a beginner. I also love the socks that fold back so you can paint your toenails.

  44. Thank for this.. Hooked on style it is!!

  45. I have crochet inspiration which is a good reference book. Besides that, I think Candy Tot seems very good.


  47. Jillana Holt-Reuter

    I like Crocheted Inspiration… I think the color play on the front looks awesome!

  48. I definitely love “Crocheting on the Edge”… I love to use crochet to enhance and personalise “generic” items of clothing…

    Silvina (Silvinasi at Ravelry) – Silvina Leonnetti on FB

  49. Thanks for sharing all this information. I’m fascinated by “Hooked on Jewelry: 40+ Designs to Crochet”

  50. you picked a really good one! i´ve been drooling over nicki epstein´s “crocheting on the edge” forever….. xo, jo

  51. What a great collection of books! Crochet Inspiration looks like a great book I just might need to add to my collection

  52. I was just showing my daughter yesterday the book “Candy Crochet” that I got from the library! I was telling her that there were way too many patterns in it that I wanted to make to keep getting it out of the library so I’m heading to to buy it today! What a weird coincidence! I would really love to have this book, also, to add to my library :)

  53. I already follow you on Twitter. My ID is jwitt33 :)

  54. I RT the tweet: My ID is jwit33 :)

  55. Thanks for the post. I’ve been thinking of crocheting jewelry for a while so Hooked on Jewelry: 40+ Designs to Crochet is catchng my eye…

  56. Very nice review. I will be on the look out for this book and I am so happy this “crochet” spot exists. It was new to me and I am thrilled to have found you.

  57. I own the two Vogue scarf books, and love them! I’d love to check out Vogue’s Crocheted Bags! and THANK YOU for yet another crochet book website to add to my favs!

  58. Seven comments left on your hubpages articles…I printed out the one on making a shrug as a good first garment. I’m psyched to make one!

  59. Love all the books at Sixth and Spring, but I love the review for this new book, great detail! Thanks. But, the book I found most interesting is Crocheting on the Edge. I makes me happy to be able to make clothing my own, and seeing those edges, wow, they can really change any item to be a one of a kind.

  60. Lindsey Bivens

    I love the Crocheting on the Edge book at the publishers site. I have done some knitting lately that needs some wonderful edgings. I can’t wait to check it out.

  61. I was shown how to crochet as a child by a wonderful lady from Germany, I was making a crochet doily and very proud of it too, until my younger brother came along and decided it would be fun to unravel the wool and tie the end and the crochet hook to his wooden truck..I was not impressed!! So now as an adult I would love to take up this craft once more..No little brothers to bug me.But you have to laugh it was kind of funny..just not at the time :)

  62. I love all the Nicky Epstein books – she has such beautiful designs.

  63. I already follow you @CrochetBlogger on Twitter!

  64. April Wilkerson

    I just love her books they are so easy to read.. Keep up the good work…

  65. I have all of Nicky Epstein’s books, both for knitting & crocheting, including all the ones published by Sixth & Spring!

  66. I just bought this book and was so excited to start on the Cuddly Toy on Pg. 68. I have been crocheting for 35 years and My question is – Has anybody done it yet? I wonder if she had any testers for this pattern? I wish I could get a correct copy of the pattern? For example – She states stitches used – Single crochet and then in FRONT OF THE HEAD (beg with the nose) rnds 5-11 1ch,*work 1dc over each stitch etc. What happened to only sc in pattern. So I did this the first time around It was huge! I could go on. There are mistakes in this pattern. I plan on trying another pattern in the book. If the next pattern isnt correct I may have to return the book!

    • @Rebecca … Thanks for the feedback. I’d recommend contacting the author. Mistakes do happen in patterns and I’ve found that most pattern designers are more than happy to help you figure out what the problem is and get it fixed.

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