Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Book Review: Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia

 Everyone loves a good stitch dictionary, but this one is something to see!  With an author like Robyn Chachula, how can it not be a winner? Robyn teamed up with Wiley publishing to bring one of the most comprehensive (and pretty) stitch dictionaries I have ever seen. There are several special things about this book.  For one it's HUGE. 272 pages. Full color. There is a Stitch diagram for EVERY pattern.  I like how in the stitch diagram, there is a shaded area that shows you exactly where the repeat is!  Not just stitches for rows, Robyn also included her signature motifs (and how to join them) and many new ones. 

Here's another reason I'm excited: almost 30 pages of TUNISIAN stitches. YAY!  That's 35 Tunisian stitch patterns.

Gasp!  She has my new obsession (hint, hint):  Bruges/Brussels Lace!  I'm so glad to see this simple yet beautiful technique.

Textured sts, lace sts, motifs, colorwork patterns, and EDGING patterns.  Embroidery stitch patterns, whew.

You can GET IT on Amazon for only $16.49.  $16.49 for a HARDBACK, 272 page book. Incredible.
That is... if you don't WIN it here first!  To enter the giveaway to win a copy of Robyn's new book, leave a comment on THIS post, by Thursday at 6:00AM (Eastern time).  I'll randomly pull a winner from all comment entrants. You MUST leave at minimum, your first name and a city.  Come back on Thursday to this blog to learn who won! The winner should email me  (Ellen @ GoCrochet dot com) with your full name and mailing address by Tuesday 10/18/11.  
Thank you Wiley publishing for supplying my review copy and offering a copy for a lucky blog reader.
Check out Robyn's other blog tour stops at these other locations:
Tour Schedule:
Oct 11- Yarn Thing
Oct 12- Go Crochet
Oct 13- Hook and I

Oct 18- Modeknit,
Oct 19- Knitgrrl
Oct 20- NexStitch

Oct 25- Yarn Craft
Oct 26- Crochet Doctor,
Oct 27- Lindamade


DonnaS said...

Would love to win this to help in teaching my daughters to crochet! Donna, Warner Robins, GA

Anonymous said...

Just getting back into crocheting and would love to have this books for reference. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway :)
Tina Raverly: Peacefullyknittng

Shorty said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm a big fan of Robyn's after taking one of her classes at the 2011 DFW Fiber Fest, and Tunisian has become one of my most favorite forms of crochet. Can't wait to see the book up close!

Margo said...

I could really use a stitch dictionary. Thanks for offering.
Margo in Detroit.

TripletMom said...

I've always wanted to learn tunisian crochet. Amy, Oak Ridge

Renee said...

Would love this to build my tiny collection of crochet books! Thanks for the chance to win, Ellen!
Renee, Dayton, OH

April Garwood said...

Oh, I want this book SO much! But I'm kind of a cheepskate...let's say FRUGAL instead. So, fingers crossed! April in Edmond, OK.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book.
Teresa in Ham Lake, MN

Anonymous said...

I love Robyn's work. So glad to see this new book out.

Eva, Springfield VA

Chelsea Norquay said...

I am SO excited to get my hands on this book! I can't wait to see Robyn's take on a stitch encyclopedia!
Chelsea Norquay

Anonymous said...

The book looks great and my grandkids would like to learn crochet

The Wagstaffs said...

Kate W.
Tremonton, UT
I would absolutely LOVE this book! Thanks for giving us the chance to win it.

Karen said...

Oh my, who wouldn't want a copy of this book. It's awsome! Of course, Robyn is just as awsome.

Karen in Chillicothe, OH

Jennianydots said...

This book looks amazing! I'm excited to see all the different tunisian stitches. That is my next goal! Thanks for the giveaway!

CherylinMtl said...

I heard Robyn on Getting Loopy Monday night. This new book sounds like it deserves a spot on every crocheter's shelf.

fracksmom said...

you got me hook on the tunisian (afghan) stitch that I avoided in my youth, I would love the book just for those 30 pages.

thanks for the giveaway

lorraine said...

nice i love robin! i hope i win! im in ny

Kate said...

Thanks for your reivew! You answered one of my questions about the book, how do you join the motifs! I always love to see what new things Robyn comes out with! Can't wait to see this new book!--Kate, Fleetwood

Mary Sarah said...

What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win! Mary Sarah, Las Vegas, NV

Anna Bananas said...

OMG I sooooo want this book!
Anna Lebanon, OH

melbatoast68 said...

Oh my! Robyn is amazing. I love that she's included the section of Tunisian. Would love to add this to my library. Melissa in NC

dottykatz said...

Please include me in the book give away. I'd like to learn some of the new stitches in the book. Thanks for the opportunity.
Denise, Irvine, CA
I enjoy your blog so much! Even the chickens.

Nicole said...

This book could be addicting. I just now learned basic Tunisian stitches so seeing a few more would be awesome! Plus, I feel like I could sit with this book and just randomly swatch stitches to play with them :-P

Sterling, Virginia

vikki said...

Gosh I would love to win this book..Vikki Hooks: Evansvill IN

CrochetBlogger said...

I've been looking forward to this book's blog tour. It sounds terrific!

Kathryn V. in San Francisco

Kacy said...

This book is definitely on my wishlist. If I don't win one, this will be my Christmas present to myself. Kacy--Silsbee, TX

jmo said...

OOh! What a fantastic addition to my crochet collection this would be!
Here's hoping!
Jennifer M - York

Anonymous said...

I am a HUGE fan of Robyn's and can not wait to see her latest book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan, Franklin, IN

Vamos a la biblioteca! said...

Love Robyn's work and her stitch encyclopedia would make an excellent addition to my crochet books stash!

Gina P said...

OOO...that would be awesome to win a copy of Robyn's book..Her work is amazing and I'm sure there are some really great stitches in this new book. Thank you for the opportunity.
Gina Ravelry:Knitbymoonbeams

Derek, Jenna, Wyatt, & Emma. said...

I want this one so bad! ha ha.

Anonymous said...

Would love to have this book to help me as I am teaching my DAR chapter members to crochet. We are crocheting lap afghans for the Veterans Hospitals.