15 amazing stitches, 10 simple lessons, and 25 glorious projects.Modern Japanese Crochet casts the classic stitches you think you know in a totally new light, showing them in ways that add striking textures and contrasts to handcrafted pieces. For the experienced needlework enthusiast, this book is a revelation--the perfect introduction to the unique Japanese style of crocheting and charted patterns. Clear instructions, schematics, and charts walk you through exciting Japanese-style projects in this book, which include:
An elegant shawl or blanket festooned with flowers
A gorgeous scarf with a cascade of delicate, understated frills
A bag or pouch in a cheerful strawberry stitch
A brioche-stitched bowl that makes a wonderful home for your yarn
A star-stitched shoulder pouch or hat that is a charming way to play with colors
Plus much more--charming bags, scarves, hats, and handwear that help you try more fabulous stitches
The introduction by Gayle Roehm explains how Japanese crochet diagrams work, allowing you to stitch these fantastic patterns and projects easily. A section on stitch techniques walks you through the basic stitches, adding and decreasing, binding, and finishing. The inspiring photos are all the invitation you need to grab your hook and get started.
About the Author
Nihon Vogue is Japan's preeminent publisher of books on handicrafts, with hundreds of titles on knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, paper crafts, tole painting, and more. Many of their books have been translated into English and other languages, including works by Hitomi Shida, Keiko Okamoto, Reiko Washizawa, Shizuko Kuroha, Yoko Saito, and other internationally recognized needlecraft designers. Gayle Roehm has knit from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career, as a result of living in Japan and studying the language for many years. Gayle now teaches at knitting gatherings around the U.S. and occasionally publishes her own designs. In addition to other knitting guides and dictionaries, she has translated and augmented such iconic titles as the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and 1000 Japanese Knitting & Crochet Stitches.