Wednesday, May 18, 2011

50 Ripples Stitches Crochet Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

What a treat! A book devoted only to crochet ripple stitches! I love crochet stitch reference books. I have several different ones and the books that have beautiful color photos are my favorite.

As a designer who loves crochet stitch patterns, crochet stitch reference books can be so inspirational when contemplating my next design.

This new book, "50 Ripple Stitches" by Darla Sims and published by Annie's Attic is definitely a book that you will want to add to your crochet stitch library. Since I learned to crochet, ripple stitches have been one of my favorites stitch patterns, especially in afghans and dishcloths. But I recently designed a women's headband in a ripple chevron stitch (you can view it on the left sidebar), so wearables can be designed with these pattern stitches also! There is something magical about the variety of patterns that can be achieved just by changing the order of your basic ch, sc, and dc stitches! I think ripple stitches also remind me of quilt patterns, which I love! 

"50 Ripple Stitches" has such a variety of ripples with so many different stitch patterns!

Each listed Ripple Stitch has very detailed instructions. Each Stitch is named,  the Pattern Notes tell you how many colors are used in each sample, it outlines the Special Stitch for each pattern, then gives row by row instructions on how to duplicate the stitch pattern.

There are some incredibly UNIQUE and fresh Ripple Stitches in the book including

                                                                      SWEET DREAMS

 AND

                                                                         CURLIQUES





Some of my most favorites stitch patterns are:                            

                                                                       BODACIOUS



                                                                     LITTLE HEARTS



                                                                     PRETTY POSIES




Besides the ripple stitch patterns, this book includes:
  1. An illustrated Stitch Guide with stitch abbreviations,
  2. A yarn conversion chart, 
  3. A conversion chart for both United States and United Kingdom crochet stitches.
Some of the ripple patterns were familiar to me but most were ripple stitch patterns that I have not seen before, which is a great plus!


Annie's Attic has generously supplied us with TWO books for our giveaway! In order to be eligible to win one of these books, become a FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG in the left sidebar (if you have not already done so!) and leave a comment on this post.  Let us know if you have any crochet stitch reference guides and which one you like best! I am going to enjoy seeing all the responses! PLEASE, PLEASE don't forget to leave your contact information and/or email address, so we can contact you if you are one of the winners!
Two (2) lucky winners will be drawn at random at the end of the contest!
I ♥ giving things away! Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
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