Saturday Book Review: Complete Crochet Course – The Ultimate Reference Guide

From the back cover:  Whether you’re a beginner who has never picked up a hook before or an experienced stitcher looking to advance to the next level, this comprehensive book will become your ultimate reference for crochet. It’s like having crochet experts Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby right there with you every step of the way. They lead you through the essential skills and techniques you need to know and provide fabulous, stylish garments and accessory projects that apply the concepts and principles you’ve learned. Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this book is your go-to source for everything crochet.

For those of you who know me well, you know that I’m an avid knitter and knitting always is first in

my crafting life.  However, I do love crochet just as much and at times equally.

So today I am sharing a fantastic book that came out earlier this year called, Complete Crochet Course: The Ultimate Reference Guide by Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby. This 336 page book is by far (in my humble opinion) the best guide on the market to teach you how to crochet and to help brush up on your crochet.

What do I love most about this book ?  The photography hands down.  Each page offers the reader not only gorgeous photos, but well thought out step-by-step photos an easy to follow visual learning experience.   I also love how it is written, especially on more advanced techniques and terms.  It’s almost as if the authors are sitting next to you teaching you one-on-one.

Inside you’ll find …..

  • Before You Stitch – This chapter has 59 pages covering tools, hooks, how to pick up and hook yarn, pattern reading, chart reading and swatching.
  • Making Stitches – This chapter has 69 pages covering your first stitches made, first stitches of a row, foundation stitches, variations of stitches, shaping and variation fo increasing and decreasing stitches.
  • Beyond the Basics – This chapter has 43 pages covering motifs, cables, colorwork and pattern stitches.
  • Finishing – This chapter has 29 pages covering blocking, special techniques, before you sew, seams and joins, buttonholes and zippers.
  • The Projects– This chapter has five projects that include My First Cardi, a Colorwork Throw, a Rectangle Wrap Vest, Signature Vests and a Drape Front Cardigan.  (click on each to be lead to Ravelry for each design).
  • Resources – This chapter has 15 pages of resources that include worksheets, charts and guides, stitch chart symbols master key and material resources.
I honestly can’t say enough about this book.  If you are wanting to learn how to crochet or simply need a refresher on crochet, I truly encourage you to take a look at this book and buy a copy for your personal library. 
About the Authors:  Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the co-owners and creative directors of Shibaguyz Designz. Their previous books include Designer Crochet and Crochet Geometry(both Sterling). Their much sought-after patterns have been published in books and magazines, including Crochet! MagazineCrochet TodayInside Crochet, and Knitting Today. They are members of the Crochet Guild of America, the Knitting Guild of America, the Crochet Liberation Front, and the National Needle Arts Association, and are Craft Yarn Council Certified Teachers. They live in Seattle, WA.

On a side note, I also encourage those of you who have issues with arthritis or other hand problems, to check out the Crochet Coach’s post – 7 of the Best Ergonomic Crochet Hooks.  There are many wonderful hooks out there designed specifically for these types of needs.
Until next time ~
Remember that a happy day is stitches at play!

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