Do you enjoy crocheting zigzags, chevrons, waves and ripples – or do you want to learn how to crochet these types of stitches? Would you be interested in getting access to a crochet book that will introduce you to 50 different and unique ripple crochet stitch patterns? If so, check out 50 Ripple Stitches by Darla Sims, published by Annie’s Crochet. This book is a lovely crochet stitch dictionary that’s exclusively focused on giving you instructions for how to crochet ripples and zigzags.
What You Need to Know About This Crochet Stitch Dictionary:
Author: Darla Sims
Publisher: Annie’s Crochet
This book is available in the following format(s):
- CD-Rom Bundle: This book is included in the 500+ Crochet Stitches Crochet Pattern Book bundle, which also includes a whole bunch of other books on CD-rom, plus a paperback copy of a beginner’s crochet book.
Number of Pages: 50
The Best Things About This Book
The ripple stitch patterns included in this book are simply delightful! And there’s a surprisingly nice variety. You might be tempted to think there couldn’t possibly be that many ways to crochet a ripple or zigzag — but you’re likely to marvel when you see all different ways there are. You’ll find solid-colored ripples, two-color ripples and multicolored ripples. There are lacy ripples, textured ripples, ripples with flowers, and ripples that have curliques or squiggles.
Despite the fact that this is a book exclusively about ripple stitches, you’ll encounter an interesting variety of other crochet stitches incorporated into these patterns. Try crocheting ripples made with puff stitches, cluster stitches, V-stitches, post stitches, popcorn stitches and others. However, there are also some ripples that are made only with the basic crochet stitches plus increases and decreases – so there are plenty of patterns that brand new crocheters should be able to work on easily after having mastered the basic stitches like chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet and treble crochet.
The stitch patterns in this book all have interesting, evocative names. This is a minor detail, but it’s one I appreciate. Perhaps you will, too. After all, wouldn’t you find it more inspiring to work stitch pattern with names like “bubbles” and “frothy waters” – than ones with numbers, like “stitch #17” and “stitch #18”? I think many crocheters will agree that it’s far more inspiring to work from patterns with names. For starters, the names can give you ideas for ways to use each stitch pattern. The names are also quite helpful if you wish to discuss any of these stitches with other crochet enthusiasts.
The author of this book, Darla Sims, is one of my all-time favorite crochet pattern designers. She is extremely prolific and experienced, having authored numerous other crochet pattern books and stitch dictionaries. Her work in this book is up to her usual high standards; these stitches are super creative ones.
Other Observations About This Book
The ripples that incorporate multiple colors all make use of color changes between the rows, which means that you do not need to know advanced colorwork crochet techniques like tapestry crochet to make use of these stitch patterns. The individual stitches haven’t been assigned skill level ratings, but many of them are fairly easy to do – yet the results look super impressive.
Some of these ripple patterns have fairly large repeats, which means they’ll be best-suited for big projects like blankets or rugs. I also think some of them – the lacier patterns, for example – could make spectacular curtains.
Things to Be Aware of Before You Buy This Book
This book DOES NOT include international symbol crochet charts.
This book is formatted as a crochet stitch dictionary, NOT a project book. What that means: It doesn’t contain instructions or patterns for making completed items such as blankets, sweaters, scarves or hats.
What it does give you: The instructions for how to crochet various ripple stitch patterns. You CAN use these stitch patterns to crochet various projects, including blankets, sweaters, etc. But it will be up to you to take these stitches and use them to design the projects you want.
The fantastic thing is that you can use, and re-use, the stitches as many times as you want, in as many different ways as you want to.
I’m delighted to recommend this book to other crochet enthusiasts, particularly to crocheters who want to design their own blankets or other projects.
Where to Buy This Book:
- Click here to shop for this book at the Annie’s Catalog website.
- Click here to shop for a CD-rom bundle that includes this book at the Annie’s Catalog website.
- Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.
- Click here to shop for the CD-rom bundle at Amazon.
Find More Crochet Books by Darla Sims:
- 50 Stitches for Afghans
- 100 Quick & Easy Crochet Stitches
- 99 Post Stitches
- Triple Play Pattern Stitches
- Dressing Up Baby
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About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. She earned a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 1997. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and KnittingandCrochet.net.
This page was last updated on 12-16-2019.