Many knitters are also crocheters; some other knitters aspire to being as good at crochet as they are at knitting but haven't taken the time to learn fancy crochet stitches or practice their hooking skills.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 4: Crochet is sure to inspire knitters to hone their skills so they can try out some of the fun stitches presented.
Knitters who already know a fair bit about crochet will also want to whip out their hooks, perhaps to add crochet to a knitting project or even a purchased piece or to design a crochet project around one of the motifs.
A Crochet Sampler
Much like the other Stitchionary books, Stitchionary 4 is a visual dictionary of crochet stitches, beginning with some of the most basic and going on to more advanced and unusual designs.
In all there are six chapters: basics, geometrics, color, lace, edgings and embellishments/unusual. Patterns are illustrated with large pictures of swatches in a nice, sharp cotton yarn so it's easy to see the stitch definition.
There are written and charted directions for each pattern, which makes it easy for people who want to learn how to read crochet charts to be able to do so. The multiples for each pattern are also given so it's easy to make a swatch or project of whatever size you want.
Just flipping through Stitchionary 4 is a lot of fun and will inspire knitters to pull out their crochet hooks.
A basic stitch like Petite Popcorns would be great as an allover pattern for a boxy pullover, for example, while a fun geometric like the two-color flower Helianthus would be a lovely embellishment for a hat or bag.
There's a multicolored log cabin square that would make a pretty scrappy blanket, and stripe patterns from basic straight stripes to waves and chevrons would work for a range of projects.
Lace mesh patterns like the funky Star mesh are good for market bags or summer sweaters, and the array of edgings offer good options for knit, crochet or sewn items of all sorts.
The embellishments section includes various ways to make crocheted buttons, trims, flowers and leaves. There are also a few swatches worked in Tunisian crochet, a fun hybrid of knitting and crochet that's worked back and forth in rows.
Abbreviations at the back of the book help make the instructions clearer and offer translations of US and UK/Australian terms for international crafters. There is no basic crochet instruction in the book, so if you don't already know how to make, say, a half double crochet stitch, you'll need to consult a crochet instruction book or website for the basics.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 4: Crochet is not as essential to a knitter's bookshelf as the previous three volumes, but it is a lot of fun for knitters who also crochet.
Even if you aren't very skilled at crochet, the patterns in this book are sure to inspire you to try something new.
Knitters who are quite comfortable with crochet are still likely to see some motifs and stitches here they haven't encountered before and may also be inspired to pick up their hooks and see what happens.
Publication date: November 2007