I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was a small child. My mom had a yarn store and I grew up surrounded by every possible weight and color of yarn. I became addicted to crafting with these various yarns very easily and quickly. That addiction never ended and I’m still very much in love with knitting and crocheting. Crafting is my jam!
I always have several projects on the go and it makes me happy. It’s the therapy and zen space I need after a stressful day or situation. Sometimes I’ll just thumb through my craft books looking for some fun patterns to make. But I’m always on the prowl for new books, especially during the holidays season. Knitters and crocheters, whether newbies or experienced love getting new craft books. I found two books that any crafter would love to have in their collection.
Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blankets
The Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blankets book is great for beginners. It features 30 darling patterns with a variety of stitches, motifs, techniques, and textures. Some of the stitches included are the bobble, criss-cross, cable, post stitch, puff, moss, shells, box stitch, clusters, star stitch, and many more!
Each pattern features clear and easy-to-understand instructions along with an abundance of bright, bold, and colorful images. There are a few patterns that also include a chart, but everyone has a delightful little baby or toddler modeling each blanket. Some of the patterns you can create are Snuggle-Buggle Baby Blanket, Cupcake Squares Blanket, Canterbury Bells, Blossom Motif Baby Blanket, Half-Pint Blanket, and many more.
Babies and toddlers love their blankies and become emotionally attached to them. These blankets offer children comfort and security so we want to make them as enchanting as possible. I like that you can use one or several colors in most of these patterns. It’s a great way to use up single balls of colorful yarn and create a potential heirloom.
Switch & Knit Stitch Dictionary
The Stitch & Knit Dictionary is a hardcover book that’s packed with 85 fun stitches, 12 patterns, lots of tips and techniques, and over 700 design possibilities!
- How to Switch and Knit
- Pattern Recipes
- Knit and Purls
- A Fab Finish
- Special Techniques
Beginner knitters are always eager to make something to be proud of and experienced knitters are just as happy to broaden their skills. With the included simple and basic patterns, they can jump in and start knitting. Some of the patterns included are a Cowl-Neck Pullover, Basic Toque, Fingerless Mitts, and Toe-Up Socks.
What I love about this book is that every design is crafted on a 4-stitch multiple, stitch pattern. So each stitch pattern is interchangeable with any of the design recipes, thus offering lots of leeway for your personal creativity. It doesn’t matter what yarn, stitch, gauge, or size is chosen, the instructions will guide you to a successful finish. Imagine the possibilities! It’s perfect as a holiday or year-round gift for anyone interested in crafting.
Disclaimer: I received products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.