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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98 comments :

Yvonne said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Yvonne said...

I've been using Te Harmony Guide "300 stiches"

HMAX said...

I am a new follower but I already had you on Twitter! The book looks amazing! I'm new to crochet, taught myself using YouTube! I need to start a library of books though! Would love that beautiful book!

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love a chance to enter and I am already a follower!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail.com

Kimberly R. said...

I do not have a crochet reference book so I would really love to win!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail.com

Julie said...

I've been a follower for awhile! I like the Harmony Guides, and also Beyond the Square. I'd love to win this great book!

Julie (jbkcrochet at gmail dot com)

crazymotheringchick said...

I am already a follower, please enter me in your giveaway. I, too, love stitch guides. I have The Complete Photographic Guide to Crochet and The Harmony Guide Basic Crochet Stitches, among others. I have been wanting this book, because I, too, love ripple stitches.

juliebbord@yahoo.com

Cris said...

I am already a follower so I guess this comment is all I have left. I have just begun building my stitch reference books library at home and would love to add this one. My favorite of the books I have so far is a reference book dedicated to edgings :)

Jennifer said...

I follow your blog and I follow you on twitter! I LOVE ripple stitches, too! My favorite crochet stitch books are Ultimate Crochet Bible and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. I use both of these books a lot! I would love to add 50 Ripple Stitches to my library - it looks great.

the1jennylynn@gmail.com or @jennlucas50 on twitter

Sharon Marie said...

I don't have any reference books unless you count pattern books with basic stitch instructions in them. I am a follower for a while now. Looks like a great giveaway.

natalieclara said...

So excited at the chance to win a copy of this book! So far the one I use most for reference is "The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet"

natalieclara said...

You can reach me at twcrafts(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary/May said...

Follower!! I'd love to have that book. -Prays to giveawaygods- XD

Email=dragonracer3(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marzena said...

I follow your blog as Marzena

my favourite book is Ultimate crochet bible, written by Jane Crowfoot

kmalek6(at)gmail(dot)com

Brandi Schoch said...

I didn't know there could be that many ripple stitches, but I guess it could be almost infinite what you can do. My most favorite book that I use on a weekly basis is "Mon Tricot 1100 stitches and patterns in Knitting and crochet." love this book

Kristin's sites said...

New follower and so glad I found your page. I have a few stitch guide books, including my favorite 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans!

gallardok11@gmail.com

Michele said...

would love to have that book,,,, the ripple is one of my favorite stitches and would really like to expand from the traditional pattern ..... I am a new follower thanks for the chance to hopefully win this book.

Mary P said...

Great blog. Looking forward to following it. Love to crochet since my grandmother taught me when I was 4 years old. I love stitch guides also and try to design my own patterns from them.
Mary(mpl31@aol.com)

Grandma Deal said...
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Maria said...

I have seen this book advertised on Annie's Attic message. It looks awesome, I would luv to win it.

Mary P said...
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Jeannie said...

looks like a great reference book! thank you for offering the chance to win!
Jeanniem40@gmail.com

Grandma Deal said...

My name is Linda Phillips Deal (aka Grandma Deal), e-mail: >hatsforhomeless@gmail.com<. I'm excited about the idea of so many beautiful ripple stitches. I've been crocheting for over 40 years, done a few ripple-stitch patterns, but have never seen anything like the samples you show. Glad I found out about your blog. Visit me at www.hatsforhomeless.org or www.crochetforhomeless.org when you get a chance. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing for this awesome book.

SCStacey said...

I've only got a couple of stitch guides. I would so love to get one of these books. If I'm not lucky enough to win one I may just have to buy one!

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Tami said...

This book looks wonderful! I don't have any stitch guides, as I'm still a relative newbie to the world of crochet, having taught myself last fall. These stitches look like a lot of fun, and this would be a great book to start my collection!

--Tami (tlallen617@gmail.com)

Brenda said...

I would LOVE to win this book.. I learned the ripple stitch for my first crochet lesson and made many, many baby afghans with it.. I would love to learn new ones.. This book looks like just what I need to learn!! Thanks..

bur300@gmail.com

Marie Anne said...

Oh goodness, I love ripples but get tired of the same one or two all the time. I MUST have this book!

New follower, and glad I found you! When does this giveaway end?

Lyjarhead(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marie Anne said...

Oh, and my favorite stitch guide is The Crochet Stitch Bible.

Ruby said...

I am a follower, and I would love a chance to enter for this great book. thanks

SLC said...

I like the ripple stitch too but I've never though to do a dishcloth using ripple stitches. Thanks for the idea.

SLC said...

Forgot to leave contact info: tchr@ssktel.net.
Following from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Canada!

Melissa said...

I am a new Follower! I have Annie's Attic Double-Ended Stitches, Tunisian Lace , and Interweaves Crochet Stitch Motifs. I'm so excited! I absolutely love these ripple stitches!

Lyn said...

This book looks great; would love to have it! I use the Harmony guides right now but also use a lot of blogs and web sites for ideas.

Alesha said...

I follow your blog!

Alesha said...

I don't have any reference type crochet books.

Anonymous said...

That book sounds fantastic, and I'd love to add it to my library! I enjoy all kinds of crochet books, but mostly for different stitches. Thanks for the opportunity to own this book for free!! I'm Barb Mase, aka crazycatlady@lmf.net.

knittichristi said...

Following your blog- and I am such a fan of ripples! <3 it :)

Right now the only crochet reference book I have is Crocheting Over the Edge :) The borders in that book would look fab surrounding some ripple pattern, lol

Pat B. said...

I am a new follower and I do not have a stitch guide presently, but would like to start a library of them. Would love that beautiful book, it is hard to choose just one for a favorite!
Patbuynak@hotmail.com

carrie said...

Hey great blog , love the book reviews! Love Annies Attic!I'm now follower!

susanfosterzoe said...

I am relatively new to crochet. Know a few basics, but need lots of help. I'm always looking for books that will help me learn and I thank you for the review about this one. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for sharing! would like to follow your blog!

Brenda Sawatzky said...

Just became a follower and would love to win this book. Have been crocheting since I was 10 and can't stop now! We don't have very many reference books down here in Paraguay.

Talltrice said...

I absoluely LOVE ripple patterns. AND, I would love to win one of the books. I really don't use too many references, but have LOADS of books of patterns! Happy Crochet-Day!

Teresa Kalinski said...

The ripple stitch was the stitch I used in my first ever baby afghan. I love that stitch and have been looking at this book. I do not really have a stitch refernce guide other than the ones published in magazines and pattern. I hope I followed you correctly. I just love your blog and am so so glad I found it on FB this morning.

Margo said...

The first thing I remember making was a ripple afghan. Always looking for other ripple patterns. I am now a follower.

PogoJr said...

I follow you on Twitter and would love to add this book to my library.

Sarah.Crochet said...

I follow you! This book looks like so much fun! I love ripples too now that i've learned the trick to make them right!

I have Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet!

sarah_rudd at sbcglobal dot net

Miz said...

I am following. I have a granny square reference book that I've used quite often.

llmedeiros at aol dot com

PinkGranny said...

What a great idea for a book. My mother crocheted ripples only....

Char said...

I always look to find different and new ideas for afgans and baby blankets as well as new fun projects. I taught my self to crochet so a new book would sure help!!!

Krystle said...

Would love to start a library with this wonderful looking ripple book!

Julia said...

I absolutely love your blog and this post could NOT have come at a better time! I am getting ready to make an afghan for my brother in law who just got engaged last week. His fiance has expressed interest in one for their wedding gift and this would be PERFECTION.
Julia
juliakayporter81@gmail.com

Amy said...

Very nice blog! I LOVE the book by Jan Eaton called 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns! I would really like to win this book for my collection!!! Love, love, love ripples! ; )

Jonna said...

I like these patterns a lot, but I always have trouble with ripples. I'd like to really give it a go sometime. Good blog :)

JDG said...

Just found your blog via Facebook post. What a marvelous looking book. Love to ripple (round or straight). Would love the opportunity to have a copy of that book.

maja_andrashevska said...

I am a follower of your blog and I love your web site. I do not have any book, so it would be perfect if I win this one :)

myturn427 said...

On of my all time favorites Readers Digest "The ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitchet"

Dena Gast said...

What creative ways to make the ripple stitch. Love it!

Dena said...

this book has some amazing patterns! Would love to win a copy!

Pat said...

I am new to the computer and a new follower! I am however an old "hooker",I've been crocheting for 40 years come July. I would love to win the ripple book-I have a serious addiction when it comes to pattern and reference books! I really love the D.M.C. Encyclopedia and the Readers Digest needlework encyclopedia. I know my daughter in law swears by the "Crocheting For Dummies" Happy hooking to all!! Pat Stewies.Mama@gmail.com

Grateful4Crochet said...

I'm a follower, and would love to be in the competition

CrochetBlogger said...

What a unique book! I use several different crochet stitch dictionaries. One that I like a lot is Crochet!: Techniques*Stitches*Patterns by Marie-Noelle Bayard but there are so many other great ones out there too!

sko116 said...

Love ripples....would like to learn some new ones.

LLshumway said...

I love ripples. I just finished a baby blanket made with ripples and it came out just perfect! Would love to win this book and expand my pattern world.

SimchasJewels said...

I'm following! :) This looks like a really great book! I don't have any crochet reference books (yet). I need to add some to my ever expanding library.
simchasjewels at hotmail.com

sue utah said...

Ok now I'm in the right place! I have not been crocheting a long time and I taught myself so this book would be fun and maybe I could get smarter!
And the hat patterns I bought from you on Etsy turned out really well!

Suzan said...

I am now a follower of your blog. Looks like fun.

Carol said...

Please enter me thank you :)
The only reference book I have is a beginner book about learning the basic stitches. I'm way past that and looking for a challenge.

scjanderson@hotmail.com

Agnes Smith said...

What a wonderful give away! Thank you for the opportunity!
Agnes

Ashlee said...

I am a new follower and I would love to win this book.
aldrich1@mvdsl.com

isaksmom said...

New follower, looks like a great book! I read your blog through Google Reader all the time

PaulaDawn said...

I am a follower of Cute Crochet chat via Google Reader. What a great giveaway.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

I thought I was a follower and discovered I wasn't....but I am now! I've got quite a few crochet books and can't really name a favorite as I use them pretty regular. Probably the one I've used most since I got it is The Harmony Guides Crochet Stitch Motif's in this post of mine:
http://crochetinmotorcyclegranny.blogspot.com/2011/02/critics-review-on-crochet-books.html . Thanks for the chance to win this book! I'd love to add it to the rest. :o)

Jaybird Designs said...

this book looks like so much fun! I'm following and I use my crochet stitch calendar a lot.

Cindy said...

The first thing i ever made was a wool ripple afghan in oranges and browns. I was so proud at 10. Thanks for the great giveaway

Sue said...
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Sue said...

What a nice book! <3 I would love to have a copy. I have one stitch guide that's decades old and I know there are many other references that would take me to a better place.

Nola said...

Just found this site and am very excited about it! Taught myself to crochet years ago, but love the looks of this book. May have to invest soon!

principeta said...

I would love this book.I teach myself to crochet from net few years a go and I love it,crochet is my passion,I am always with the hook =o)

cheryl_sneed said...

I am a follower of your blog and I would love the chance to win this great book on Ripple Stitches! I don't have any reference books for crochet but this one would be a wonderful start!

Christal said...

I don't use any particular stitch guide, I prefer experimenting myself.

Mary Lynn said...

hi, love this book of ripples! we're doing charity crochet and we could make alot of these designs!
bye for now, Mary Lynn Oswald

Lilly said...
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Lilly said...

I have the Harmony Guides and I enjoy them alot. The book on Ripples Stitches looks great and would be a great addition to my crochet stitches collection. I am already a follower of your blog. Thank you for the opportunity and as always...love your blog.
vlgimmelli@gmail.com

Alma said...

I am following your blog.
Thank you,
Alma
ADW@sssnet.com

Carol said...

I am a a follower. Would love this, I have no books....
scjanderson@hotmail.com

Bailey said...

New follower. I have just started playing with ripples and would love to have this book. I have a couple of different generic reference books, but no specific stitch pattern books.

cledder(at)yahoo (dot) com

Crimson said...

Hmm. My first attempt at commenting failed, so I'm trying again.

I started with Stitch and Bitch The Happy Hooker, but somehow I got confused and learned how to correct my mistakes from A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for Beginner and Advanced Crocheters.

I followed this blog today (mainly because I didn't know about it until today and now I'm excited!)

I'd really like to be entered to get the Ripples Stitches book, those look fun!

-Jodie (crimsonrambler13@gmail.com)

Richard Rose said...

I know I'm a bit late but I just found a link and started following today. My main reference is a book called "Crochet Stitches". I also have a book of 99 Granny Squares but I haven't done anything with it yet.

Nola said...

What a wonderful looking book! I love ripples.

silverwolf2@comcast.net

nessa said...

I only really learned to crochet recently and now i can't stop! i'm so eager to increase my library by any crochet books i can get my hands on!

Precious Crafts said...

I am too late! But thank you for sharing the info - I would not have known about this book otherwise. The stitches are so lovely! I'm gonna hunt for this book!

Anonymous said...

I love ripples.
That's a wonderful book!
I learned to crochet recently and I love it!!!!!!!! I wish I can have a copy of that wonderful book.

mietzy123@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love ripples too. I love how one pattern can take on so many different looks by changing colors used or how many rows you add. It's always fun to see how the project develops.

Anonymous said...

I love ripples. I've made a few afghans and scarfs using a ripple pattern.

queenbvg@hotmail.com

Lisa Philpot said...

I found your post on Pinterest and I love it. I am self taught and don't have any reference books so I would love to win one of yours. I use the ripple stitch often but its always the same. Thank you for this opportunity! lmp622@yahoo.com

Vicki Breaux said...

I am a new follower of your blog. Neat blog. The book by Darla Sims looks fan

Vicki Breaux said...

Book looks fantastic!