Having a stitch library is a valuable resource for anyone who crochets. Once you have followed a few patterns and can start to see how things are put together, you will more than likely (I know I did) want to try your hand at making a pattern that is unique to you. As I told you last week, this month I am going be sharing with you my favorite stitch guides from my favorite craft book site Leisure Arts.
This week I want to talk about clusters. When you crochet you can use clusters of stitches to make all sorts of lovely effects from a lacy appearance to a tighter textured design. I wanted to make something a bit lacy but not too delicate for a shawl for a dear friend.
108 Crochet Cluster Stitches has so many lovely clusters to pick from. They are all written with easy to follow instructions for all levels of crocheters and they range from the lacy types to the tight clusters. In addition to having these 108 clusters for you to design with, it also allows you to see how clusters work, which means you can even design your own clusters. This is a truly valuable resource.
At the start of each pattern you will see it lists your chain multiples, which makes it super easy for you to see these patterns no matter the size of your project from dish clothes to afghans, you will easily be able to get the starting chain perfect every time. Plus, if you are super new to design, there is even instructions in the back that teach you how to plan and afghan using the stitches found in this book.
Have you ever designed a pattern or worked freehand? What do you think you would design with a great resource like this? No matter what type of craft or pattern you are looking for, take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!
Please come back next week to see another awesome book that every creative crocheter needs in their stitch library.
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