Japanese Wonder Crochet: A Creative Approach to Classic Stitches

Nihon Vogue (Author) Gayle Roehm (Translator)


Like Japanese knitting before it, Japanese-style crochet is getting ready to sweep the globe!

Japanese Wonder Crochet is the first major Japanese crochet book to be translated into English. It introduces crafters outside Japan to the wonderful crochet techniques and charts that are so popular within the country.

The book shows a creative approach to classic crochet stitches such as Aran, herringbone, Bavarian, waffle, crocodile, reversible crochet, and many more. In Japan, crochet work is often added to knitted garments; while you may choose to incorporate these techniques into your own knitting projects, Japanese crochet is a great pleasure in and of itself.

In this book, a swatch pattern is provided for each stitch which helps crocheters practice the mechanics of the stitch before applying them to larger projects. The personal and home accessory projects included provide something for every level of time commitment--from potholders and cup cozies to tote bags and blankets.

25 exciting projects are included:
  • A patchwork throw
  • A reversible cowl
  • Bags in Bavarian, crocodile, Aran stitches and more
  • Totes in herringbone and rib stitches
  • A vintage bag and floral brooch in bullion stitch
  • A tea cozy, mittens, a shawl
  • And so much more!
An extensive introduction by Japanese knitting and crochet expert Gayle Roehm explains the stitch charts as well as the differences and similarities between Japanese and Western styles of crochet. A guide to stitch symbols and extensive lessons provide visual guidance.

With Japanese Wonder Crochet and a little practice, crocheters and Japanese-style knitters can open up many new horizons using the wonderful patterns that so many Westerners have already fallen in love with.

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date
November 05, 2019
8.4 X 0.6 X 10.9 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Nihon Vogue is Japan's preeminent publisher of books on handicrafts, with a long history and hundreds of titles on knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, paper crafts, tole painting and more. Many of their books have been translated into English and other languages include works by Hitomi Shida, Keiko Okamoto, Reiko Washizawa, Shizuko Kuroha, Yoko Saito and other internationally recognized needlecraft designers.

Gayle Roehm lived in Japan and studied the language for many years, and has knit and crocheted from Japanese patterns for most of her career. Gayle teaches at gatherings around the United States and occasionally publishes her own designs. She is the translator of the bestselling Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches, both by Hitomi Shida.


"...Translator Roehm (Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, 2017), an American fluent in Japanese who lived in Japan for many years, includes tutorials for 15 different crochet stitches, each of which is used to create one to three of the 35 projects in the book. The tutorials are clearly illustrated with color photographs accompanied by step-by-step instruction...Readers wishing to use the tutorials will not be disappointed..." -- Booklist
"A unique and profusely illustrated step-by-step instructional guide and manual, Japanese Wonder Crochet is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and community library needlecrafting collections." -- Midwest Book Review
"For those of us who have collected Japanese pattern books, the publication of this book in the English language is cause for celebration...What is particularly inspiring is the range of suggested projects for each of the stitches...A must for anyone looking to improve their skills bank." -- Inside Crochet magazine
"You'll be familiar with the stitches (bullion, crocodile, waffle...), but not with the way they're ingeniously put together to create delights for your wardrobe and your home. Translated from Japanese, this is Eastern style pure and simple."-- Simply Crochet magazine
"Whether you're a seasoned crocheter or a beginner, this book will be a great addition to your craft book collection."-- Pausitive Living blog