Book Review - The Secret Stitch & The Secret Stitch a Crochet Companion

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Secret Stitch

Title: The Secret Stitch - Unraveling the New World
Author: C. Jane Reid
MSRP: $14.99 USD
Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

This novel is not about crochet or knitting. It's a gripping, historical fiction about starting over.  Fiber arts play a role in the story, but are not the central focus.

The Secret Stitch

As the book begins, the main character, Ailee Donaghue, is about to leave everything she knows behind, to start a new life with a new husband in a new world. Behind her is the stigma of a past mistake, and in front of her a lifestyle she is unprepared for. The physical journey is grueling, but the emotional journey is just as much so. Through hardship, joy, love, friendship, and devastating loss, Ailee begins to grow and discover hidden strengths she had never imagined.

Against this backdrop, we also see the beginnings of crochet in the new world. Ailee is a horrible knitter, but discovers a secret stitch that is much easier for her to do. It uses an oddly shaped tool and is wrapped up in handed down stories of cowls that protect the wearer from various dangers. Just superstitions....or are they? As a bonus, the pattern for this special cowl is in the back of the book!

When I got The Secret Stitch, I sat down to read it, thinking I could make it through the first chapter in the few minutes I had before bed. 4 hours and many chapters later, I struggled to put it down because I knew I had to get SOME sleep eventually. I loved this book, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

The Secret Stitch - A Crochet Companion

Title: The Secret Stitch a Crochet Companion
Author: Laurinda Reddig
MSRP: $16.99 USD
Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

This crochet pattern book features 9 patterns inspired by the novel. One of the designs is Ailee's version of the cowl that so intrigued her, made with her newly discovered secret stitch. All the designs are historically inspired, but with modern twists that make them perfectly wearable today.

The Secret Stitch - A Crochet Companion

Some of you may know the author/designer, Laurinda Reddig. I've taken a few of her fabulously fun classes at the CGOA Knit and Crochet Show over the last couple of years. As I would expect, knowing her work, the designs are creative and the patterns are well written. The book also has tutorials for some of the less common techniques, and suggestions for modifying the designs to make them your own.

Get the Set! 

Together, these two books are a fantastic set. I got completely drawn into the story, and I love the designs. They are both available on Amazon, but you can also enter to win a copy in the Spa Basket Crochet Along. There are a lot of other great prizes too!

If you like the idea of combining crochet patterns with stories that inspire them, be sure to check out Ficstitches Yarns Crochet Kit Club. Each kit in the club features a story by C. Jane Reid, and a corresponding pattern from Laurinda Reddig!

Disclaimer: A free review copy of The Secret Stitch and The Secret Stitch a Crochet Companion were provided by Ficstitches Yarns Crochet Kit Club. 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. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

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