AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary takes an unexpected look at stranded colorwork with 200 new motifs. These non-traditional colorwork charts are perfect for the creative knitter looking to break away from the ordinary. Derived from graphic design elements, these fresh motifs include everything from geometric mountains, waves, and spirals to modern bikes, skulls, and sheep.
Dive into stranded colorwork with confidence with a section on reading charts, working floats, and choosing colors. Learn how stranded colorwork can be used in design with five accompanying projects including mitts, cowls, and sweaters. Plus, use your imagination to modify, deconstruct, and combine the unique motifs to create your own designs.
Be inspired to break the rules and use charts in creative ways with AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.
Hardcover, 164 pages, F+W Media (August 10, 2017), full color, 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
Table of Contents
Choosing Yarns & Colors
How to Hold the Yarn
How to Read Charts
Tips for Better Colorwork
Using Stitch Motifs in Projects & Designs
Deep Ocean Mittens
Skull and Bones Pullover
Leaves in Water Cardigan
Swatches by Stitch and Row Counts
NEW! From renowned crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and his brother Jason (the Shibaguyz) comes the ultimate reference manual for the absolute beginner. Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch—and will keep you crocheting as you gain experience! The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty stitches, and adding details. Ten patterns are perfectly designed for novices eager to complete their first projects, while intermediates can enjoy mastering even more advanced skills.
“It’s about time that crocheters got the same treatment and support as knitters…Truly, the Mullett-Bowlsbys have meticulously thought through the crocheter’s world.” —Booklist (starred review)
Hardcover, 336 pages, Lark Crafts (March 20, 2018), full color, 8.7 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
Table of Contents
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
BEFORE YOU STITCH — Making Fabric | Tools | Hooks | Yarn | Pickup Up Hook and Yarn | Pattern Reading | Chart Reading | The Swatch
MAKING STITCHES — First Stitches Made | First Stitches of a Row | Foundation Stitches | Variations on Basic Stitches | Shaping | Variations on Increase and Decrease Stitches
BEYOND THE BASICS — Motifs | Cables | Colorwork | Pattern Stitches
FINISHING — Blocking | Special Techniques | Before You Sew | Buttonholes | Zippers
THE PROJECTS — My First Cardi | Colorwork Throw | Rectangle Wrap Vest | Signature Vests | Drape Front Cardigan
RESOURCES — Worksheets | Charts and Guides | Stitch Chart Symbols Master Key | Material Resources
“Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby have written, as the title says, the most complete book on crochet I have ever seen. Shannon writes clearly and logically and there is something here for everyone. Beginners who work their way through the book will learn all the hows and whys, while experienced crocheters can learn about a specific topic or research a topic in depth. But they all will become thinking crocheters—people who know how to create the appropriate fabric for the item they're making, people who will know how to modify an existing pattern so that what they make is what they intend to make. There is a wonderful focus on fabrication, which is one of Shannon's strong points--making a beautiful fine fabric with crochet--not something for which crochet is generally known. Finishing, another topic too often omitted from crochet books, is also addressed thoroughly. This book should be on every crocheter’s bookshelf—the way Shannon addresses and Jason illustrates the many variations of loops through loops that is crochet, is food for thought for every crocheter.” —Barbara H. Van Elsen, Master Teacher, CYC Certified Instructor Program
“I count it as a lucky day when I met Shannon in 2010. It was his first trade show and I was the first editor to review his designs. I immediately realized his talent was extraordinary and our first deal was struck. As we continued to work together, I had the pleasure of meeting Jason and learning that his photography and graphic design (and cooking) skills rounded out the Shibaguyz team. They packaged their first full length book with me in 2012. They have continued to build their fiber design empire with more books, magazine features, and online and nation-wide classroom education. I’m thrilled that Shannon has authored The Complete Crochet Course: The Ultimate Crochet Guide. His expertise in design and education makes it the perfect fit.” —Susan White Sullivan, President, SWS Consulting, Inc. and former Editorial Director of Leisure Arts
“Shannon & Jason are a unique combination of talent, enthusiasm, and professionalism. From my experience, they don’t know how to bring anything but their ‘A-Game’ to anything that they do. As educators, they are at the next level. They know how to communicate and to make their students love learning. They are funny, kind, and empower their students to believe that that ‘they can do it’. I can’t wait to buy my signed copy of this book.” —Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc. (home of XRX Books and STITCHES Events)
Discover the blossoming trend of flower looming! It's quick, it's simple, it's fun, and with a bit of crochet you can create a stunning collection of 30 flower motifs. In Crochet Loom Blooms, you'll find everything you need to get you started including:
• Step-by-step guide to using a flower loom, plus detailed illustrations on crochet stitches that bring your flowers to life.
• 30 unique flower motifs in a variety of shapes and styles—from simple and lacy to dense, multi-layers foliage, Crochet Loom Blooms has it all.
• 5 fabulous projects and valuable tips and tricks from best-selling author Haafner Linssen that will have your home bursting with crochet loom blooms in no time!
A garden of delight, you'll find yourself referencing Crochet Loom Blooms time again whether looking for specific instruction or a dose of inspiration.
Softcover, 128 pages, F+W Media (March 13, 2018), full color, 8.7 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
Table of Contents (section headings only)
Welcome to My World
Introducing the Flower Loom
Flower Loom Techniques
Reading the Patterns
Projects (including a potholder, scarf, bag, blanket and throw)
Making Your Own Flower Loom
Great for new and experienced crocheters alike, Crochet Stitch Dictionary offers 200 stitches with detailed written, charted, and photographed instructions. This essential book presents 10 color-coded stitch sections: basic stitches, fans & shells, bobbles & clusters, spike stitches, post stitches, mesh & filet, cable stitches, Tunisian stitches, and more!
Learn each stitch with written, charted, and step-by-step photo instructions that clearly explain where the yarn goes each step of the way. In addition, each stitch pattern shows a large finished swatch in actual size.
You'll enjoy the colorful and eye-catching "candy-box" sampler pages that start every section. Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell offers excellent useful instruction and inspiration for all crocheters.
Softcover, 192 pages, F+W Media (September 30, 2013), full color, 7.50 x 0.60 x 9.60 inches
200 Essential Crochet Stitches
Fans & Shells
Bobbles & Clusters
Mesh & Filet
"Crochet Stitch Dictionary is such an awesome book. It has 200 stitch patterns with step-by-step photo tutorials and charts too! I have owned my copy for quite a long time and I have to say it is one of my go-to stitch pattern books. I've learned so many new stitch patterns that have helped me take my crocheting to the next level. Crochet Stitch Dictionary is a great resource for beginners and experienced crocheters too!" —The Stitchin’ Mommy