Friday, December 29, 2006

Japanese crochet resource

This new (to me) crochet stitch dictionary is written completely in Japanese, but for those who are comfortable working from stitch charts (rather than written directions) it contains 300 very attractive crochet stitch patterns that should be well within reach of English speaking crocheters. I also have The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden and Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet -- and while I'm not certain that there are 'no' duplicates in this Japanese book -- it certainly seems to be mostly patterns I haven't seen elsewhere. Like the Barnden book, it is only stitch patterns, not garments, but for those who, like me, tend to go their own way when working crochet I think it would be a valuable addition to any crochet library. Mine was purchased online through -- possibly it can be obtained from other sources as well. The book consists of closeup photographs of the stitch patterns, and an accompanying chart which uses the Japanese symbolcraft for each stitch -- the basic stitch repeat is printed in blue ink. Symbols are shown in the back of the book, with illustrations on how to accomplish each maneuver. There are also Japanese language descriptions of the stitch, but other than a few words on the cover, no English.

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