Couture Crochet Workshop: Mastering Fit, Fashion, and Finesseby Lily Chin
A review of crochet standards, chart reading, and technique is combined in this guide with a course on sizing crocheted garments to fit like a gloveall in the interest of encouraging crocheters to try their hand at lace fashions that look as though they came straight off a ready-to-wear runway. Patterns include a metallic ribbon Chanel-style jacket, a lace… See more details below
A review of crochet standards, chart reading, and technique is combined in this guide with a course on sizing crocheted garments to fit like a gloveall in the interest of encouraging crocheters to try their hand at lace fashions that look as though they came straight off a ready-to-wear runway. Patterns include a metallic ribbon Chanel-style jacket, a lace shift dress with a mohair lace camisole, a cowl-neck trapeze tunic, and a chevron wedding dress with matching fingerless gloves. Those who want a gorgeous look in a smaller project will revel in the striking designs for hats, jewelry, and spangled evening bags. Explanations of accurate measuring, silhouettes, circular construction, shell and chevron stitches, and custom detailing demystify the more advanced designs, and beautiful photographs showcase all the finished pieces.
Chin (Knit and Crochet with Beads) has done perhaps more than any other living knitwear designer to change the stereotype of the dowdy crocheter and knitter, even appearing in her trademark miniskirt on The Late Show with David Letterman, where-billed as the world's fastest crocheter-she created a sweater (of sorts) for the television host in 40 minutes. According to Chin, true couture implies custom fitting, luxury materials, and fine finishing, all of which are attainable by crocheters determined to master the techniques she teaches. Each of her 24 designs illustrates a different aspect of the couture crochet experience, from choosing appropriate yarn and hooks to measuring accurately for fine fitting. Garments include a chevron pullover, a vest constructed from a full circle, shawls, jackets, skirts, and crocheted accessories. Enthusiastically recommended for all public library crochet collections for its combination of solid instruction and excellent selection of crochet designs.
- Interweave Press
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- 9.78(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.47(d)
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Lily M. Chin is the first American designer to bring out her own line of yarn. She has crocheted runway pieces for Diane von Furstenburg, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and Vera Wang; her patterns have appeared in Better Homes & Gardens and Woman's Day; and she has been a guest on CBS Morning News, the DIY Network, HGTV, The Jane Pauley Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Martha Show. She is the author of Knit and Crochet with Beads, Mosaic Magic, and The Urban Knitter. She lives in New York City.
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