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Triple Play Pattern Stitches by Darla Sims

A Book Review

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Triple Play Pattern Stitches Book Cover by Darla Sims, Published by Leisure Arts

Triple Play Pattern Stitches Book by Darla Sims, Published by Leisure Arts

Photo © Leisure Arts

Publication Name: Triple Play Pattern Stitches
Author: Darla Sims
Publisher: Leisure Arts
Copyright Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781601408365
Format: Softcover With Staple Binding
Number of Pages: 68
Cover Price: $12.95 US dollars

The Premise:

Quoting from the front cover of the book, "30 Crochet Stitches x 3 Colorways = 90 Exciting Combinations!"

I’d have to agree that the book lives up to this promise. I think this is one of the most inspiring crochet books I’ve come across lately. In my opinion, this book is well worth its cover price of $12.95.

Why is this book so inspiring to me?

  • In my opinion, color is one of the most exciting aspects of textile design. Most stitch dictionaries I’ve encountered don’t put much emphasis on the different effects you can achieve by re-coloring the stitches in various ways. In contrast, this book gives you three different colorways for every stitch combination.


  • The stitches themselves all look useable. Judging from the photos, there aren’t any that I’d consider "duds." I haven’t worked them all yet, but I can see myself using just about all of these stitches for something or other. Just looking at them gives me ideas!

The Pros:

Crocheted Swatch From Triple Play Pattern Stitches Book by Darla Sims, Published by Leisure Arts

This Photo Shows a Swatch I Crocheted Using Instructions From This Book. This Is the Solid Version of Stitch #17 in Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn. It Would Also Be Lovely in Wool or Other Fibers.

Photo © Amy Solovay; Crochet Stitch Pattern Is by Darla Sims / © Leisure Arts.

  • The stitches are all aesthetically pleasing.


  • I found the instructions in the book to be reasonably clear and understandable. (I did have to put on my “thinking cap” to wrap my head around how to do a couple of them.)


  • The page layout is clean and easy to use.


  • The stitches and instructions are presented in a logical way.


  • The colors shown in the book are nice as-is, and all the color combinations are useable without having to modify them. These designs also lend themselves well to being re-colored.


  • These stitches are all versatile, and could be used for making a wide variety of different crochet projects.

The Cons:

  • There are no stitch diagrams.


  • A couple of the stitches are crocheted in off-white yarn and photographed on a white background, making those stitches a bit difficult to see. (Other than that, the photographs are very clear.)

The Bottom Line:

I think this book is an outstanding value for the money, but whether it would be a good purchase for you depends on your individual needs as a crocheter.

This book assumes familiarity with the basics – single crochet, double crochet, etc. If you haven’t already mastered the basic stitches, you’d be wise to focus on doing so before you consider trying to work from this book.

This book doesn’t have any patterns for finished projects using the stitches. If all you want is a pattern book that tells you how to make completed projects from start to finish, this is probably not a book you will find useful.

However, there is a very brief section that discusses planning an afghan using these stitches, so if you are looking for new stitches to use in afghans, this book could be a good solution for that.

Note that no edging patterns are included in this book.

Overall, I gave this book a 4.5-star rating.

If you’ve read this book, you are invited to review it and share your opinion too!

More Crochet Books by Darla Sims:

Darla Sims is a prolific crocheter, designer, and author. You might enjoy some of her other books too! Be sure to check out Triangle Treasury and 99 Crochet Post Stitches for more inspiring ideas.

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