The secret to having more fun with crochet

Posted by on February 21, 2014, in crochet & knitting, , ,

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

The Big Book of Crochet StitchesThere’s a little secret that prolific crocheters know. It’s a secret that allows them to put their own spin on almost anything using crochet, including afghans, scarves, hats and more. Plus, they can easily modify or embellish a pattern to fit specific tastes or styles with little to no effort.

The secret? A really good crochet stitches dictionary.

Say you want to add a little texture to the baby cardigan pattern you found. Pick out a bobble or popcorn stitch from your dictionary or collection that matches the stitch count, and use that stitch in place of the simple single crochet in the pattern. Need a delicate scarf to match your new outfit? With a good stitch dictionary, you’re sure to find a fan, lace, or shell pattern that works beautifully with that ball of yarn in your stash.

Author and industry crochet expert Rita Weiss explains how her coauthor and late friend Jean Leinhauser (a fellow legendary crochet expert) regarded her collection of crochet stitches:

“She loved everything about crochet, but most of all—I think—she loved the stitches that were used to create her projects. She collected crochet stitches like some collectors covet antiques. Whenever she saw a photograph of a crocheted project, she was more fascinated with the stitches used than the design itself. Other crocheters may have notebooks filled with photos of completed crocheted projects. Jean’s notebooks, however, were filled with stitches, and she loved the idea that others could share her collection. Jean died before she could see The Big Book of Crochet Stitches completed, but the stitches have all come from her vast collection. This book includes some of her favorite stitches for you to use in many different ways: for afghans, sweaters, baby items—anything you would like to crochet.”

Crocheted shells

With 350+ crochet stitches, this BIG collection (really big!) means endless possibilities for projects, patterns, and designs. Each stitch is grouped by style for easy reference, with an additional alphabetical index. You’ll find stitches that range from easy to advanced, and in every style imaginable—including shells, fans, clusters, bobbles, and more.

Table of Contents from The Big Book of Crochet Stitches

What would you make with over 350 crochet-stitch designs? It’s exciting to think about!

From The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
You can pick up The Big Book of Crochet Stitches by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss right now at ShopMartingale.com—where, as always, when you order the book, you’ll get the eBook version to download for FREE right away. What are you waiting for? Crochet is about to get really fun.

Do you have a place to collect your project ideas or special stitches? Tell us about it in the comments and you could win the eBook version of The Big Book of Crochet Stitches by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify you by email if you win.


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