Guest Author - Melissa Rodriguez
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches: Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters and a Whole Lot More is an excellent resource for any crocheter to have in his or her library. The book is written by two of the most respected lady’s in the crochet industry, Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. (Read more about them below.)
In this book, you’ll get access to step-by-step directions for making more than 350 stitch patterns, ranging from easy to advanced. The stitch patterns include bobbles, chevrons, clusters, crossed stitches, fans, looped stitches, picots, popcorn stitch variations, puff stitches, raised stitches, V stitches and much more. Each set of instructions has a close-up photograph of a swatch made in that stitch so that you can see what the pattern looks like. Stitches are grouped and indexed by type of stitch.
The book does not include charts for those who don't read patterns. And it seems that The Big Book of Crochet Stitches is simply a reprint of 365 Crochet Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar, both by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. The only difference is the format. The stitches in both books are exactly the same with the same photographs.
About the Authors
Rita and Jean were among the first elected members of the Crochet Guild of America’s hall of Fame. They were also co-owners of Crochet Partners, an internet discussion group and Creative Partners, a needlewo rk publisher
Jean Leinhauser began her career at Boye Needle Company where she developed new products and publications. She went on from there to start Leisure Arts publications and then founded the American School of Needlework. She also served on the Standards Committee of the Craft Yarn Council.
Rita Weiss is an author of over 100 books, designer, and teacher. She was founder and head of Dover Publications needlework division. She was also the executive vice president of the American School of Needlework. She is a former president of the Crochet Guild of America.
Publisher: Martingale & Company
Publication date: 2/11/2014
* Martingale & Company provided this review copy of The Big Book of Crochet Stitches: Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters and a Whole Lot More to me free of charge. This review is my honest opinion. I received no compensation from the publisher or book author for this review.