The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches by Reader's Digest

by Marly aka Yarn Thing

Yarn...what a hold it has on me!

Yarn...what a hold it has on me!

I love this "Ultimate Source Book" because it not only has a wide variety of crochet stitches to choose from but also knitting. As a bi-crafter I am always on the lookout for books that integrate these two crafts. Whether you want it for both crafts or just one it is a wonderful book for any crafter to have in his or her library.

The book has a great layout to help the user easily find the best pattern for a given project. Knitting and Crochet are in separate sections of the book and there are over 900 stitch patterns to choose from!

Looking at just the Crochet section (since this IS a crochet website) it begins with a section on Techniques. It doesn't matter how seasoned you are, it is always nice to have a little reminder of how to do a particular technique every now and then. This section includes everything from changing colors on a project to detailed instructions with pictures for Tunisian Crochet.

After the 'techniques' chapter the Crochet section is separated by 'pattern style'. They include medium-weight patterns, heavyweight patterns, openwork, crochet motifs, and edgings. If you are a designer who is inspired by different stitches then this is the book for you!

Simply put, this book is a great one to have, so put it on your wish list :-)

Marly aka Yarn Thing

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Mar 02, 2011
looking for this book.
by: Anonymous

I had a book like this, it was called The
Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework. I would like to know where I can get another one.

If anyone in Canada knows, you can e-mail me at with the subject line, "knitting book".

Jan 10, 2008
Great review Marly
by: Jill

Thanks for the great insight Marly! I love stitches and designs too, so it looks like another book of crochet stitches I need to add to my ever-growing collection.

Dec 31, 2007
by: Tony

I am a huge fan of this book! I use it all the time, I am a big fan of cable stitches, and it has the largest collection in one place I have found outside of my own notebook.

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