Today’s crochet book review is of Margaret Hubert’s The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. It is a stitch dictionary that brings a little bit more to the table than a lot of them do. In addition to all of the great stitch instructions, this book offers information on specialty crochet techniques from experts in those techniques. For example, Melody MacDuffee shares what she knows about overlay crochet and Tatyana Mirer shares her knowledge of Bruges Laces.

Who this crochet book is for

This crochet book is a stitch dictionary, which means that it is good for everyone interested in crochet. If you have ever tried to design your own crochet patterns then you know that good stitch dictionaries are invaluable not only for their information but also for their inspiration. This crochet book features hundreds of full color photos that really add to the inspiration component that makes a good stitch book stand out above the rest.

Crochet book format

The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet features the following:

  • A history of crochet written by Nancy Nehring. Very informative!
  • Information about The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in California.
  • Basics of crochet including the most common stitches and how to make them (featuring color photos to go with the instructions). This section also includes information on how to read crochet instructions and symbol diagrams, a guide to crochet abbreviations and types of finishing techniques like adding buttonholes and zippers.
  • Next up is a section on the stitch patterns for basic stitches. This is where you can learn how to single crochet 3 together or do crossed double crochet. Each pattern has a name, a skill level, the row-by-row instructions, a photo of the stitch and a diagram symbol pattern. It ends with a pattern for a denim ruffle bag.
  • Next is a whole section on different shell stitches that ends with a pattern for a cowl neck warmer.
  • Next is the section on bobbles and stitches like bobbles. It includes a pattern for a puff stitch hat.
  • Next are ripple stitches and a pattern for an amazing scarf.
  • Then we come to lace stitches. There are lots of them and a pattern for a trellis scarf.
  • This is followed by mesh stitches (similar but different from lace) and a pattern for a mesh jacket.
  • Next we explore color combinations and patterns like houndstooth and end with a related pattern for a toddler’s cardigan.
  • The next section is for heavy textures like basketweave and a pattern for a basketweave throw.
  • A section on unique stitches ends with a pattern for a Reversible Shells Blanket.
  • After that we get into motifs including flowers. The pattern for this section is a granny squares bag.
  • That is followed by information on edging and trims. The pattern is a shell top with great edging.
  • Next up is a section on Tunisian stitches with a pattern for a baby blanket.
  • It is now that we get to the part of the crochet book that I find to be the most fascinating – the section on speciality crochet methods. Here is where you can find out about tapestry Tunisian crochet or Bruges Lace. There is information about the style and then a pattern done in the style. There is even information on freeform crochet in here with a great gallery of wearable freeform pieces.
  • The book wraps up with information on the authors and contributors and then an index.

Favorites from this crochet book

Some of my favorite patterns from this crochet book are:

Broomstick Lace Jewelry Frame by Jennifer Hansen


Cowl Neck Warmer


Crochet Mesh Jacket

What makes this book special

I think this crochet stitch dictionary is more special than many because of the fact that it includes a pattern for each type of stitch as well as a whole section with patterns for unique types of crochet like hairpin lace and crochet overlay. I also appreciate the history of crochet at the beginning!

What is your favorite stitch dictionary?


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