I have SOOOOO many stitch books! Hubby asked me the other day why my rolling cabinet beside my chair was so heavy, then he looked on the shelf...... "oh, it's full of books...." lol
Quite often I will have another designer ask about stitch books and which ones I like or don't like so I thought I would take some photos of my books, divide them into groups and do some short reviews.
I'm a big fan of stitch diagrams, they are so much easier for me to understand then some of the ways people write patterns. So most of the books I buy have diagrams, but I will read the instructions and let you know if they are easy to understand :)
A Modern Guide To TEXTURED CROCHET: If you like a lot of texture.... this is your book. Each stitch pattern includes a diagram, written instructions and at least 3 photo's to help with the pattern. The book is divided into 5 sections - Introduction to Textured Crochet, Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. Each sections has a number of different stitch patterns, and a pattern for a finished project. The photo's are clear with some instruction with each photo. The written instructions are easy to understand. It's a nice book, but if I had been able to look through it first I would not have purchased it. I doubt I will ever use any of the patterns in it.
500 Crochet Stitches: This book was recommended to me by another crochet designer. All I had asked was for books that had diagrams, I should have been more specific lol. This book is divided into 3 sections - Basic Stitches, Motifs, Edgings & trims. There is a diagram & written instructions with each pattern. The written instructions are easy to follow. If you are looking for a book that has a bit of everything, this could be the book for you. The Basic Stitches are quite basic. There are some prettier (fancier) lacy stitch patterns, but most are pretty simple and straight forward. The Motif section is the largest section. There are a LOT of motif patterns..... lol. I'm not into motifs so that section is a waste for me. There are quite a few Edging & Trim patterns, but I already have 3 books of borders. If I had been able to look at this book before purchasing I would not have bought it. However, if you only want to purchase one book, and like motif patterns, this might be for you.
I have another 7 stitch books that I will review, & 3 books with borders. Be sure to watch for those!