A Colorful Crochet Stitch Dictionary: Triple Play Pattern Stitches by Darla Sims Learn How to Crochet Colorful, Unique Stitches With This Lovely Book Published by Leisure Arts

How’s your ability to visualize what a new crochet stitch would look like in several different colorways? Would you like to know about a crochet stitch dictionary that could help you with this complex task? If so, I cannot wait to tell you about Darla Sims’ fantastic crochet book called Triple Play Pattern Stitches. I haven’t yet come across another stitch dictionary quite like this one; and if crocheting various stitches in different color combinations interests you, I think you will find this book incredibly inspiring. I definitely do!

What You Need to Know About This Crochet Book:

Triple Play Pattern Stitches, a Colorful Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Darla Sims. This Book Is Published by Leisure Arts.
Triple Play Pattern Stitches, a Colorful Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Darla Sims. This Book Is Published by Leisure Arts.


Author: Darla Sims


Publisher: Leisure Arts

Copyright Date: 2009

ISBN#: 9781601408365

Number of Pages: 68


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The Focus of This Book:

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 asking price (but I’ve been finding it online for less than its cover price — which is even better!)

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 Best Things About This Book

  • The stitches are all visually appealing.


  • 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 usable without having to modify them. These designs could also be re-colored easily if you want to try other colorways.


  • These stitches are all versatile, and you could use them to make a broad variety of unique, colorful and interesting crochet projects.

This Book’s Shortcomings

  • 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 clear and useful.)


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 basicssingle 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 and designer, and she is one of my favorite authors. You might enjoy some of her other books too! Be sure to check out the following books for more inspiring ideas:

  • Dressing Up Baby: This book includes one of my favorite baby sweater patterns ever. This book is worth a look if you ever need patterns for crocheting full baby layette sets including coordinating baby blankets, hats, sweaters and booties.
  • Triangle Treasury

This page was last updated on 1/13/2018.

Where to Buy Triple Play Pattern Stitches:

  • Click here to download the Triple Play Pattern Stitches eBook at the Leisure Arts website. If you’re looking for one-stop shopping for patterns and yarn, this is definitely a great store to check out.
  • Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.com. When I last checked, there were sellers with used copies of this book available at SUPER reasonable prices, and sellers with new copies available at laughably high, ridiculous prices — even considering this is an amazing book. BUT Amazon’s inventory changes frequently, so it’s a good idea to click over there and check the current availability of the book to see if there are any amazing bargains available!

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