is there a crochet "bible"?
Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:17 AM
As I started crochet (a few weeks ago!) step 1 was to get addicted, step 2 was to raid the local craft store and step 3 was to raid the library. I found some good books there with good information but I was wondering if there is like a "bible" of crochet? Like a full referance book with a history and any and all information must have? I was originally going to create my own by printing information and whatnot and putting it into a binder, but can you guys suggest anything? I am totally planning on subscribing to a magazine to get new ideas, but I am looking for a general all around good read. If I have to get several books that is absolutely ok, but I want to pick your brains first! Thank you!
Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:01 AM
I think the 2 most popular right now are:
The Crochet Stitch Bible
The Encyclopedia of Crochet
I prefer the Crochet Stitch Bible as my go to book. It's more of a stitch reference book with great pics, it's small enough to carry with you and it has a spiral binding so you can flip to any page and it'll stay there. The only patterns in it are for motifs
The Encyclopedia of Crochet is a large book in it's dimensions and as a regular paperback binding. There's some really interesting stuff in it including patterns. It goes into a lot of history and detail and really can be considered an encyclopedia.
They both have excellent pictures, they both show a wide range of stitches. It really depends on how you'll be using the book.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:11 AM
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 09:39 AM
In addition to those mentioned, there is the Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by M Hubert.
Crochet Answer Book by E Eckman, pocket reference.
Crocheting in Plain English by M Righetti.
Crochet! By M Bayard is brand new and i have only taken a quick look at it but i think it is pretty comprehensive.
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 01:21 AM
Thanks! I am going to definately look for those!
I personally have a book obsession but try your local library. They have TONS of books you can continually check out, copy, etc and if you love them buy them..but at least you will know whats in it. And a lot of times theyre having sales at the library so you may find these book for super cheap
Or your local Book Exchange...books at half price.
Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:07 AM
Plus I will argue to the death if anyone tells me different
Even though many books feature several of the same stitches (and many of my quilter friends say the same thing about their books) and the same basic instructions, I find that each book I have purchased seems to fill me in even more on abbreviations etc.
I do like to keep my eyes open when in used bookstores, because I have unearthed some awesome scores as far as books with stitches I have never seen, variations on a stitch pattern that may be considered a common stitch pattern, and also to find ideas (especially for clothing) that more contemporary books may not have available. I especially hold dear my old books from the 60's and 70's that many popular women's magazines produced (Better Homes, McCalls, Womens Day)
I have enjoyed looking and hunting for just the right book or whatever it is I feel I need at that moment to further encourage and enhance this mania of crochet that I have had since 1/1/2011.
So, just when you think you might not need another book...please allow me to be that voice that whispers in your ear: "Buy it!"
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