Monday, August 11, 2008

Book Review: Harmony Guide 7

I already had book 6 of the Harmony Guides, and was glad to find this book 7. The other 5 are knit stitches. Book 7 is good, really good, but I like book 6 better. Book 7 continues the tradition of book six by providing stitch diagrams for every stitch. Book 7 also has a big section on Irish lace, which I find interesting and beautiful, but I'm not likely to use it right now. What is interesting is the short section in the front explaining how to increase and decrease a stitch pattern. Because every stitch is illustrated in symbols this is much easier than inc/dec other stitches. I find this interesting, because I don't know that I have EVER seen an explanation of increasing and decreasing a stitch pattern in any other text. If you know of one, let me know, I'd like to read it! I like having 7 for my library, but I have the feeling it is not going to be as dog-eared as a few of my other stitch dictionaries.

1 comment:

Jennie said...

I think I remember a section on increasing in a set of Japanese (but in English!) books on crocheting. It seems to have been a textbook set that was translated from the Japanese for a company in Washington state. The best thing about the course is that it's all charted. There are also a couple of very big actual size sheets included - one with a charted vest/sweater and the other blank for the student to use. The softcover books are in a binder. If you want to see the covers of the books, just let me know.