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The Knitting and Crochet Bible book review

on June 22, 2012

The Knitting and Crochet Bible by Claire Crompton and Sue Whiting brings together The Knitter’s Bible and The Crochet Bible in one glorious volume.

Ideal for any level of crafter, the books covers the basics of knitting and crochet as well as more advanced techniques and stitches. The book is filled with concise instructions and brilliantly clear illustrations.

Most of the techniques are linked to projects in the book so that, when you learn a new technique, you can out it into practice.

The knitting section is broken down into five ‘chapters’ which are colour-coded down the edge of the pages.

The crochet sections has four chapters with tabs down the edge of the pages.

Both sections have stitch libraries with pictures and instructions for basic and advanced stitches.

Both sections also have extensive information on yarns: the types of fibres that are used; the different ‘weights’ of yarn; and which yarns are considered the most suitable for certain projects.

I have to say, I found the knitting section much better than the crochet section: the information is more extensive and the colour coded chapters make the section much easier to navigate through.

The stitch library, for example, accounts for 40 pages of the knitting sections whereas the crochet section only has 18.

The one irritating feature is that the knitting section appears to be American but the English (where different) is added in brackets, so you get sentences like: “Shown here are truly rustic fisherman (aran), bulky (chunky) and worsted (DK) weight yarns in tweeds and soft greens, a soft sport (4ply) 100 per cent alpaca yarn, traditional shetland wool sweater yarn and tapestry wools equivalent to worsted (DK) weight.”

After a while it gets very tiresome, especially if you’ve already become accustomed to switching between the two.

The crochet section is better because it’s written in English terms, although American readers may struggle as there doesn’t appear to be a conversion chart for terms and abbreviations.

I really love the ‘knit something now’ feature but the crochet section’s ‘make this now’ feature is quite poor. The first project it recommends is a cardigan with flower detailing but the only things you’ve been shown are how to hold the hook and yarn and how to make a slipknot!

I also prefer the projects in the knitting section but I suppose this comes down to personal taste more than anything. I will say, however, that the photos of the crochet projects are a bit useless, I’ve struggled to get a really good idea of what the finished pieces are supposed to look like.

With regards to price, this is a really good buy. The separate books RRP at £14.99 whereas this is only £19.99 (and I got money off mine, bonus!) so, even if you currently only crochet or knit, I’d definitely recommend this over the separate versions.

Currently on my list of knitting things to try are: Continental knitting; entrelac, mitred squares; fair isle (hopefully aided by the Continental knitting); and some more complicated cables.

I didn’t find anything in the crochet section that really screamed ‘I’m the new challenge you’re looking for!’ but there are some cute projects that I’d like to make for myself and as gifts.

Overall, I’m very glad I finally decided to buy this book, it really is an invaluable addition to my craft library.

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