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Posted November 4, 2010
A crocheter's MUST have
I have been crocheting since I was in my 20's which means for the past 40 years! Give me a crochet pattern and I'm a happy camper so when I saw A TO Z OF CROCHET, I was in heaven. All the stitches you can think of in one place. No more hunting for the directions for a particular stitch pattern.
Better yet, as I began reading the book, I was reminded of Broomstick Lace. I could remember making it as a young mother but couldn't remember how other than I needed a crochet hook and a VERY large "broomstick" (or in today's world - a large knitting needle). I looked through the table of contents immediately and there was the needed reminder I was looking for to make the lace. While it isn't really lace in the sense of being delicate, it is really a beautiful pattern.
Anyway, the book contains information on types of yarns, hooks, gauge, how to read patterns and charts and other equipment you might need. The next section is all about getting started - how to hold the yarn and hook and beginning, ending and joining yarn.
Next comes a section full of various types of crochet stitches and more stitches and MORE stitches. If you want to make it in crochet, you should be able to find the stitch there. The next section is where I found the Broomstick Lace pattern and the Entrelac pattern, yet another I had forgotten about over the years.
The final two sections are about adding embellishments and the final joining and blocking of pieces. One last feature of the book is that the front and back covers each have a "bookmark" flap which is very useful when you can finish a project in one sitting.
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Posted March 4, 2012
This is a great book that teaches all the basics of crochet to a
This is a great book that teaches all the basics of crochet to a beginner, as well as more advanced stitches and techniques for the more experienced. This is not a book of projects but rather focuses on how to crochet. For a visual person like myself, the hundreds of photographs of real hands holding real crochet hooks and yarn to demonstrate the techniques is what sets this book apart from other "how to crochet" books I've seen. The written instructions are clear as well.
Chapters include Before You Begin (basic information you need to know), From the Beginning (tips and tricks to get you started), Stitches, More Stitches and Techniques, Added Touches (special techniques such as buttonholes, edgings, etc.), and Finishing. I counted at least 22 different stitches taught in this book, not to mention several finishing and embellishment techniques.
Anyone who wants to learn to crochet for the first time, or those who learned years ago and need a refresher course, and even experienced crocheters will benefit from the wealth of information in this book. I taught myself to crochet years ago and still have the hooks but haven't picked them up for a long time. This book has motivated me to start this craft again.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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