150 favorite crochet motifs from Tokyo's Kazekobo Studio

Yoko Hatta

Book - 2020

A first-of-its-kind Japanese crochet stitch dictionary! For the first time in English, popular knitwear designer Yoko Hatta shows you creative ways to use a little leftover yarn and your own sense of design. You'll find round, square, triangle, polygon and Irish crochet motifs--from really simple to deliciously intricate--all waiting to be incorporated into your latest needlework projects. Make scarves and blankets using the all-time favorite granny squares, or shawls using polygons. Join... circles (or throw in some squares) to make fun wall hangings, room dividers and more. Use beautiful Irish crochet motifs to embellish garments, form the outside of a bag, or make into a brooch. Find plenty of ideas for using color, from offbeat mono-and-duo-chromatic arrangements to splashy, multicolored pieces. Mastering even just a few of these motifs will open you to endless possibilities. Separate sections explain all the crochet symbols used and show you how to assemble the arrangements.

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Subjects
Genres
Pattern books
Published
Tokyo : Tuttle Publishing 2020.
Language
English
Japanese
Physical Description
120 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9784805315934
4805315938
Main Author
Yoko Hatta (author)
Other Authors
Cassandra Harada (translator)
  • Introduction
  • Circles
  • Squares
  • Triangles and polygons
  • Irish crochet motifs
  • Basic crochet techniques
  • Patterns for the projects in this book.
Review by Booklist Reviews

A main tenet of Japanese crafting—simplicity, above all—is infiltrating the U.S. craft-iverse. To the growing bookshelf of Japanese needlework, such as the recent Japanese Wonder Knitting (2020) (also reviewed in this issue), add this modest collection of crochet motifs designed to spark imaginations and inspirations. The 20-plus patterns showcased here—usually for conceptual, rather than functional, uses—are bound to get needlecrafters thinking about hundreds of other possibilities. Instructions for each are delivered by crochet symbols, while occasional footnotes occur with more complicated patterns. (Readers will want to spend time gathering and interpreting the symbols as explained in the techniques section.) Needleworkers may be intrigued by the compendium of Irish crochet motifs included, from simple leaves to grape clusters culminating in a breathtaking shawl. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This slim but intense guide from Hatta (Japanese Knitting Stitches from Tokyo's Kazekobo Studio) provides 150 designs for crocheters to tackle. Some beginners may be undaunted by the charts and schematics, but on the whole, Hatta's work is best suited to more experienced crafters and to those familiar with Japanese patterns. It's divided into sections that highlight shapes—circles, squares, triangles, and polygons—along with a shorter section of Irish crochet motifs. Readers are encouraged to review Japanese crochet symbols before they put yarn on their hooks: "The symbols used in Japanese crochet are pretty much universally recognized, but are sometimes adjusted to suit specific circumstances." The book begins with a simple circle before moving to more complex versions of that shape, along with ways of combining these circles into colorful patterns. Ordinary fabric scraps cannot, unlike in many crocheting, be used for the projects, but Hatta provides the material, weight, and yardage for the Japanese yarn she uses in each motif so crafters can easily make substitutions. Experienced crocheters should find Hatta's guide a delight. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A first-of-its-kind Japanese crochet stitch dictionary!For the first time in English, popular knitwear designer Yoko Hatta shows you creative ways to use a little leftover yarn and your own sense of design. You'll find round, square, triangle, polygon and Irish crochet motifs--from really simple to deliciously intricate--all waiting to be incorporated into your latest needlework projects.Make scarves and blankets using the all-time favorite granny squares, or shawls using polygons.Join circles (or throw in some squares) to make fun wall hangings, room dividers and more.Use beautiful Irish crochet motifs to embellish garments, form the outside of a bag, or make into a brooch.Find plenty of ideas for using color, from offbeat mono-and-duo-chromatic arrangements to splashy, multicolored pieces.Mastering even just a few of these motifs will open you to endless possibilities. Separate sections explain all the crochet symbols used and show you how to assemble the arrangements.Published in the same format as the bestselling Tuttle Publishing knitting dictionaries (Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches, Yoko Hatta's Japanese Knitting Stitches from Tokyo's Kazekobo Studio ), this book finally brings the same access and knowledge to crocheters.