Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet

Over the past few weeks I have been steadily working my way through Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts – Lacy Crochet and discovered lots of new things not only about crochet but about my own learning style so I thought I would give this little gem a mention.

 

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet

 

As with all things Japanese this book is visually pleasing but I think the main attraction of this book is way it presents it's patterns.

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet

Most Western crochet & knitting patterns still only offer written word patterns e.g. 

Row 1: DC in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as first dc), skip next ch, 3 dc in next ch,

Japanese crochet and knitting books however offer patterns in picture form; using symbols to represent each stitch. This sounds and looks a lot worse than it really is.

 

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet

 

Kyuuto! Lacy Crochet is written in english so all the pattern symbols and crochet stitches are fully explained and the book also provides a great reference section in case you get stuck (which you wont').

To help you further every project lists the crochet hook size you need and how to start and finish the project.

 

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet

 

I have never been a fan of long winded explanations written or spoken so I find using the symbol pattern much easier than the traditional written crochet pattern. I can see before hand what my project should look like at every stage and I can spot immediately  when I have gone wrong which is always a bonus.

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Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet

 

I am half way through Kyuuto! Lacy Crochet and I am now that comfortable with using the picture pattern that I feel confident that I can use the untranslated Japanese crochet books I found the other day in Kinokuniya (Sydney) http://www.kinokuniya.com

I give this book 10/10  – it really is a little gem.

2 Comments on KYUUTO! Japanese Crafts – Lacy Crochet…..

  1. The trouble with charted patterns though is that you have to count count count before you can do anything or go anywhere. At least with the written patterns you can get on. Having said that I actually like to have both so you can see if the chart confirms the words. The chart by itself though often lacks.

  2. …I love how everyone has a different learning/crochet style.
    I cannot for the life of me follow a written pattern, even the simplest of ones. But, I can happily imagine my way through a chart..most of the time.
    cheersH

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