(Creative Publishing International, 2016, 176 pages, $24.99)
The workhorse of every crocheter's library, stitch collections offer hundreds of options for creative crochet adventures. From veteran designer Melissa Leapman comes this new volume of 200 of her favorite crochet stitch patterns, many of which are her own original designs. Geared toward crocheters of all skill levels, the easy-to-use format encourages readers to learn and increase their skills as they crochet their way through the patterns. Each section covers a different family of stitches including shells and fans, openwork and lace, textured stitches and colorwork. Additionally, each stitch pattern has easy-to-read written instructions, a stitch diagram and a clear close-up photo. Rounding out this comprehensive collection is valuable information including a detailed explanation of stitch multiples and how they work, understanding international crochet symbols, and helpful crochet techniques to help even the newest crocheter succeed.