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Crochet! by Marie-Noelle Bayard
If you're anything like me, you like books that will give you good mileage. If I'm going to invest in a book, I want to know I'll use it over and over again, for multiple projects.
Crochet! by Marie-Noelle Bayard, published by Sixth & Spring Books, is one such book, in my opinion. Now, to be fair, I've borrowed it from the local library multiple times, rather than making it a permanent addition to my book collection, but that has been due to space restrictions, and because I have easy access to such a good library. I don't actually own any crochet books--yet. When I have a little space to start my library, this book is on my list to purchase. Here's why...
First, you can journey from a beginner who's never picked up a crochet hook to an advanced crocheter without ever needing to reference another book. She has illustrations at the beginning of the book on how to do the most basic stitches, and as you move through the book, the stitch patterns she gives advance in difficulty, so that, by the end, you're making lace and composites.
Second, she has included patterns for many of the projects people had in mind when they decided to take up crochet: bags, home decor, baby things, accessories, and even two sweaters.
Third, there is a beautiful photographic index at the back of the book, divided into stitches, techniques and patterns. The stitches each have a chart in the index, so if you're adept at reading charts, there's no need to reference any further than the index. It's a great time saver!
Fourth, the photography is well-done. It's important, when you're trying to learn a new stitch pattern, to be able to compare your work to a picture. Not all authors use yarn that really shows stitches clearly. The yarn used for the photographic illustrations in this book is very crisp, and gives clear-cut stitch definition.
The book itself is about the size of a thin textbook. It might be tall for some bookshelves, but I think generally it is well-sized. The paper is heavy and glossy, making it easy to lay the book open and have it stay open to the page you've opened it to. The glossy paper also adds to the crispness of the images mentioned above.
Overall, I have nothing but good to say about this book. I'd love to hear your feedback on it! Find me on Twitter at @CrochetEditor and let me know your thoughts.
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