Something you should know about me is that I love books. I’ve been a bookworm ever since I was a kid, and since then, my love for books has only grown. And although I usually read fiction and fantasy books, there are a few nonfiction books that have a special place in my heart. Lately, I’ve been reaching for one book in particular and I wanted to do a book review for it. So, here is my review of 500 Crochet Stitches: The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible.
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This book is divided into a few sections. There’s a section that teaches basic stitches and gives some information about crocheting and how to hold the hook and yarn. The second section covers more stitches and how to create different looks and textures. The third section is all about creating motifs in a whole bunch of shapes, including making flowers. And the last section is on how to crochet trims, edgings and those finishing touches. On the back of the books, the publishers claim that this book is “the only crochet stitch reference you’ll need”.
Based off that description, I was expecting this book to be filled with info. I knew the basic stitches (SC, DC, HDC, Tr, and a few others), I knew how to increase and decrease, and I could make simple flowers. For me, there was a lot I could do with a few simple stitches and good instructions, but I didn’t really know any interesting textures or stitches. When the book arrived, my first impression was that it was a good, chunky book, beautifully made and full of really pretty pictures/designs to try out.
500 Crochet Stitches Book Review
It’s been 6 months since I’ve had the book and I’ve broken down my review into pros and cons.
- The first 32 pages of the book are devoted to covering the basics. I expected it go over how to hold the crochet hook and the yarn, but it went into much more detail and included picture tutorials.
- There were pictured tutorials on basic stitches: single crochet (SC), double crochet (DC), half double crochet (HDC), trebles (tr) and more.
- A section on different ways to create the fabric and where to put the stitches
- Information on working in color
- crochet abbreviations
- how to read patterns
- and stitch diagrams so you can read charts too!
- Side by side pictures. For all the basic stitches, there are pictures of the fabric made and you can really notice the differences between them when they’re right next to each other.
- Each stitch includes a finished picture, the name, written instructions for it, and a little chart. I loved that because sometimes the chart was easier to work out, and other times the written instructions were.
- There are tips throughout the book encourage you. Some say things like trying other fibers besides yarn, some motivate you to keep at it when the designs get a little more complicated. Overall, it was just a nice touch.
- There’s so much variety. It’s a book of 500 stitches, but even so, there are so many variations of motifs and edgings in this book that I had no idea were even possible. There’s always something new I want to try, like that scroll ruffle!
- Sometimes, the stitches aren’t really different enough to be separate. I said above that the book is varied, and it is, but there are a few stitches that bugged me because they were the same as the one before, but with different colors. I understand that it does look different, but that seemed like wasted space where something else could have been taught.
- For example: the ripple stitch and ripple stitch II. The ripple stitch creates a really cool texture; ripple stitch II is just the same thing, but alternating colors every 2 rows. Still striking, but it should be an added note to the first stitch, not its own. This is done a few times in the book and it annoyed me.
- There were some patterns that I really thought should be in the book, but weren’t. Like a plain, simple hexagon; there are several other kinds of fancier hexagons, but no basic solid one.
- Price: it’s about $25 and that’s more than I want to spend on any book, but there are always sales and discounts, and it didn’t actually stop me from wanting the book. So, this is more like half a con. I got my copy from Amazon.
Considering I only have 3 (well, 2.5) cons, I think it’s safe to say 500 Crochet Stitches is a pretty fantastic book. I obviously don’t expect it to have every stitch known to man, but it has so many that it’ll take me years to learn them all. I hope you check it out and add it to your collection. It’s been an incredible resource so far and I’ll continue reaching for it anytime I need help or inspiration. I’ve already learned a few new things, including how to create crochet cables!
Although it’s priced at $25, and it is more than I would normally pay for a book, I think it’s totally worth it. In fact, I even bought the knitting version of this, 750 Knitting Stitches: The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible. Let me know if you want a book review of that, too!
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