Book Review: 1000 Japanese Knitting & Crochet Stitches

reviewcover-10000 japanese knitting and crochet stitchesTitle: 1000 Japanese Knitting & Crochet Stitches

Author: Nihon Japan & Gayle Roehm

Genre: Non-Fiction, How-To, Crafts

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

1000 Japanese Knitting & Crochet Stitches is a treasure trove of needlecraft patterns and motifs for knitters and crocheters seeking to create and better understand the infinite variety of their craft.

The classic compendium of Japanese stitches is finally available to Western audiences! The Japanese reference work is beloved by knitters the world over, and this English version will allow even more crafters to enjoy these techniques.

This dictionary includes 700 original knitting stitch patterns and 300 original crochet patterns that have inspired many modern Japanese knitwear designs. You’ll find classic lacy, cable, Aran, Fair Isle, Nordic, ethnic patterns; geometric, botanical and animal motifs; and so much more. This one-stop reference has detailed steps and stitch diagrams showing how to execute over 60 different knitting stitches and over 40 different crochet stitches. Each pattern is charted with a delineation of the pattern repeat.

Like Tuttle’s other bestselling knitting dictionaries—including Hitomi Shida’s Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible—this one includes an introduction by Japanese knitting guru Gayle Roehm, which helps non-Japanese knitters navigate the differences between the Japanese and Western styles of knitting and crochet.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

If you like to knit or crochet, 1000 Japanese Knitting & Crochet Stitches by Nihon Vogue & Gayle Roehm is a fantastic resource for learning a wide range of new stitch types for any project. The book is equipped with easy to follow instructions, black and white stitch diagrams to teach you the basic stitches, and color photographs of each of the stitch types in a repeating pattern so it’s easy to tell what each stitch is meant to look like. Rather than the more common but often difficult to follow method of writing out stitches row for row in a long block of text, each stitch comes with a graphed pattern of the stitch directions.

I found so many beautiful and delicate stitch patterns in this book that I’d never seen before and was really impressed with how they are categorized – making it easy to visually find the different stitch patterns.

If I had to give one word of advice, I’d heavily suggest any reader go ahead and purchase the hard copy of this book rather than the digital, as I think the formatting is a little easier to follow in the hard copy.