Book Review & Giveaway: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 69 Comments

Melissa Leapman is fiber arts royalty as a prolific and celebrated designer. Known for knitting as well as crochet, Leapman has built a robust career with over 1000 published patterns in print. Her wealth of design experience serves as a foundation for her beautiful, new reference book, Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters. Read on to find out a bit about the book, and to see how you can win a copy!

In this 176-page book, we are introduced to a comprehensive collection of crochet stitch patterns divided in to six categories: Simple Solid Patterns, Shell and Fan Stitch Patterns, Openwork and Lace Patterns, Textured Patterns, Colorwork Patterns, and Edgings. There is also a useful resource guide in the back of the book with information about reading symbols, basic stitches, and abbreviations. These features combined with Leapman’s introduction with useful tips about how to use the stitch patterns make this not only a useful, but also a fun addition to your crochet library.

I have seen (and I own) a great deal of crochet stitch dictionaries. I can say from experience that this is a very high quality reference to have on hand. There are beautiful color photos of each example, along with crochet symbol charts and written directions. The stitches move from simple to complex, so it’s a good learn-as-you-go type of book.

If you’ve pledged to increase your crochet skills in 2017, then why not let this book be your guide? If you crochet a swatch of each pattern you’ll have a huge skill boost and a collection of pretty squares to join!

In order to win your copy, enter by commenting on this post until January 31, 2016. I’ll contact the winner via email afterwords.

What about this book sounds best to you? Is there a certain type of crochet stitch you’d like to explore? Please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below.

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  1. Catherine Nickerson says:

    I’ve been crocheting a long time and I could still use a book of stitches because sometimes I get stuck when trying new stitches 🙂

  2. Erin says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a crochet book!!

  3. Brenda ingram says:

    Would love this. Am always scrolling through web pages looking for new stitches! Hope to win!

  4. Heather R says:

    Very neat! The stitches on the cover have me intrigued.

  5. pat says:

    I have been crocheting for over 60 years and thought I knew everything about crochet, but it looks like I don’t. I love crocheting and would love to win this crochet stitch collection book.
    Thank you for this opportunity and for your blog.

  6. Jane B says:

    This is a must have for ALL crocheters!! Would love to have a copy as I am getting back into crochet after many years.

  7. Gloria A says:

    I would love to win this book. I think it could help me since I’m still learning how to crochet..Thank you for your blog and website..

  8. Linda Minor says:

    This sounds like the most ideal book I’ve ever wanted to own. I am always looking for stitches that are required in patterns or new ones to try in one go-to book. I would love, love, love to win this book. Thank you for giving us this opportunity. Love your website.

  9. Roerlene says:

    I would love to have this book! Thanks for making this opportunity posible. As my crochet skills grow, this book would be a godsend. =^_^=

  10. Susan Rubin says:

    I could definitely use this book. I keep forgetting the different stitches.

  11. Sandie says:

    I’m always on the lookout for good books about crochet. When you know a variety of stitches, you can make just about anything!

  12. Lacy says:

    My sister is learning to crochet right now, and she has been asking for a book like this for a while!

  13. Collette says:

    I teach crochet in a class at our local Senior Center. We make prayer shawls for our local Hospice, and lap afghans for Veterans’ Hospitals. I’m always looking for new patterns, and would love to win this book for my “Froggers”! Thank you!

  14. Linda Minor says:

    How nice it would be to have so many stitches ready to look at and learn when you need it. It sounds like a dream. How very nice of you to offer it to us. Thank you.

  15. Panya says:

    I love stitch photos/examples — I’m a very visual learner and this helps tremendously.

  16. Mary says:

    Lately, I’ve been drawn to patterns with stitches that I don’t normally use. I would love to have a comprehensive book of stitches to browse and learn new stitches. Thank you for the contest.

  17. Janice Hardy says:

    I have been crocheting for over 30 years and am still learning new stitches. I would love to win the book!

  18. Terri says:

    I just started to look at crochet stitch books and would love to start with this one.

  19. Mary Lokay says:

    Melissa’s book looks great! I enjoy both written and schematic descriptions of stitch-patterns. The illustrations are crisp. She uses yarn appropriate for photography. (Looked at a free sample of the book.) Hope I win. <3

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