Stitch dictionaries, whether for crochet or knitting, are a great staple in all of our home libraries. This is a great place to turn when you need to add a border to a project or if you are feeling ambitious and want to design something for yourself. Looking for your first, or next, crochet stitch dictionary then check out this new book by Tracey Todhunter.
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Why a Crochet Stitch Dictionary:
Stitch dictionaries offer you something different from regular pattern books. In most cases, there are some exceptions, there aren’t any patterns in the book. You will find that the book is made up of swatch images, directions and usually charts.
The biggest benefit of stitch dictionaries, in my opinion, is that you have a chart for each of the stitch patterns. You may wonder how a ‘regular’ crocheter can use a stitch dictionary or question if they are really only for designers. The answer is that everyone can use a stitch dictionary and they are a great addition to your personal library.
Stitch Dictionaries for Designers:
If you are considering starting to work up your own designs a stitch dictionary can be your best friend. Inside you will find a plethora of ideas along with the important details about the stitch pattern.
For example, in this book (200 Crochet Stitches), you will find that each stitch comes with a brief description, the multiple of the stitch, as well as the directions and chart for the stitch. This is a great starting point when designing.
Making it easier to find the stitch patterns in this book the author, Tracey Todhunter, has separated the stitches into sections. Within the book you will find the following categories.
- Fans & Shells
- Bobbles & Custers
- Relief Stitches
- Mesh & Filet
- Crossed Stitches
- Decorative Stitches & More
Stitch Dictionaries for the Hobby Crocheter:
Not a designer? That is okay, stitch dictionaries are still useful for you as well. I love the section in the book that talks about borders. Sometimes you will be working on a pattern but not love the board. This gives you an opportunity to change things up a little and get what you want.
Stitch dictionaries are also helpful when you are trying to learn a new stitch. You can look through the book to get a different way of explaining the stitch and test it out.
Another great way to use a stitch dictionary is to use it for practice. We are always improving our skills as a crocheter and sitting down with a stitch dictionary is a great way to get more practice and learn new stitches.
Don’t think that because you aren’t a designer that stitch dictionaries aren’t helpful. There is so much that you can learn from them and they typically all include a section in the back to teach you how to make stitches, change colors, read charts and more.
Purchase 200 Crochet Stitches:
Grab a copy of 200 Crochet Stitches for yourself and expand your library.