Title: Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide
Author: Kim Guzman
Book Review by Marie Segares (www.undergroundcrafter.com)
The Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide by Kim Guzman is a pattern booklet featuring 61 Tunisian crochet stitch patterns.
The booklet begins with an introduction to reading international stitch symbols and understanding “multiples” in stitch patterns. This introduction is followed by 14 basic stitch patterns, including common names in US terminology. The remaining stitches are organized into three sections: Typical Stitches (17 stitch patterns including classics like the moss stitch and column variations), Color Stitches (11 stitch patterns), and Lace Stitches (18 stitch patterns). Each pattern includes a swatch photo and a large, clear pattern in stitch symbols. The booklet ends with a pattern for a scarf, which is written in both pattern abbreviations and symbols, and a general instructions section that explains the basic Tunisian crochet stitches with descriptions and process photos.
The Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide is one of the new Leisure Arts booklets and is about the size of a piece of letter paper folded in half. The small size makes the booklet more portable, but the downside is that some of the swatch pictures are not very large. There are no difficulty levels indicated. The book emphasizes international stitch symbols, so crocheters who prefer written patterns will have to adapt. (On the plus side, learning to read these symbols opens up literally a world of new patterns!) Although the booklet is limited to Tunisian crochet stitches, there is an interesting variety of fabric densities and styles.
I would recommend this booklet to crocheters who are beginning to explore Tunisian crochet, experienced Tunisian crocheters who are looking for a definitive US stitch guide, and those who are budding designers. Even crocheters with a substantial collection of Tunisian crochet stitch guides will find new stitch patterns in this booklet.
Retail price: $9.99
Full disclosure: A free review copy of Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide was provided by Leisure Arts. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.