First up is a book called Freeform Style, and just by the name you can probably tell it’s very whimsical.
I have not made anything from it yet, but some of the ideas and techniques are cool and can be applied to other items. Who else kinda thinks the hat looks like octopus tentacles? I really like the wrap she’s wearing, though, so that might be a nice pattern to make! Here’s another example:
I do like the idea of using both knitting and crochet in the same piece.
This next one though, while it has knitting, crochet, and embroidery patterns, doesn’t really mix them together like that. This is more of a traditional book that, while older, is a great resource. It’s the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Book of Knitting Crochet & Embroidery. My ex’s mom gave this to me and I’m really glad I still have it:
It has samples of various techniques for all of these specific crafts, and it even has specific methods such as aran knitting:
Another specific method it demonstrates is filet crochet:
And then of course it has full patterns, too. I really want to make this hat (I tried back when I first got it but was still too new to crochet to understand the slightly older way of writing patterns):
Well, that concludes my bookshelf tour (well, my knitting and crochet book section, at least)! Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!