Crochet Workshop by James Walters is a reprint from 1979. I was in high school at that time, so the designs were an enjoyable flashback for me. I appreciate the way Walters pushed the boundaries of crochet far beyond granny squares and doilies.
As a person with training in engineering, I really like the visuals showing what is really happening as fabric is created and shaped through crochet rounds and rows. If you are not a “blind follower” of instructions and really want to understand why you are doing what you are doing and why it works to create a certain shape, Walters is your man.
I love the chapter on related techniques: woven crochet, Tunisian crochet, and hairpin lace are all handy tools for the designer’s bag of tricks.
I received a free electronic review copy through NetGalley and am happy to recommend this book to any crochet enthusiast.