Today’s book review is going to be on Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell. I received this book as a Christmas present last year and have fallen in love with it and can’t stop reading it over and over again! I find it rare to find crochet books that really connect with me in this manner, which is why I wanted to tell everyone about it in the crochet community in case they were unfamiliar with it. Like the front cover says, there are 200 different stitches you can learn and master. I couldn’t wait to start as I enjoy new stitches as it helps me learn even more about crochet.
Looking at the contents of this book, I noticed that each stitch mentioned comes with a little picture, so you can see what each stitch will look like. You’ll also find different color coordinated sections such as basic stitches, fans and shells, and puffs and bobbles. This was helpful as they are categorized in some sort of way instead of thrown together without any rhyme or reason. It makes it easier to read and follow along.
At the beginning, you have a section talking about the different hook sizes as well as the different yarn weights. You also get a quick overview of how to hold a crochet hook, how to hold the yarn, and how to begin by making a slipknot. Towards the back of the book, you have symbols and abbreviations of each stitch and an index of all the stitches mentioned in this book.
What I love about this book is the endless possibilities you can do with each stitch. Once you have mastered a stitch, you can make it into a pattern. Each stitch is beautifully photographed step-by-step, so you are able to see what each stitch looks like. Underneath the pictures you have detailed instructions that will help you achieve each stitch.
I’ve used this book many times when trying to learn a new stitch or am looking to incorporate a stitch into a pattern. I think this is a great resource that all crocheters should have in their book collection. That is the key when you are unsure about making a purchase. It needs to have great value in terms of being a book that you would read again and reference. This book hits a home run in that department. It is not as much fun if it is a one and done book. This book has great material that keeps the reader looking at it multiple times.
Have you checked this book out? What are your thoughts?
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