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Children's Literature"Crochet is just a series of loops." That is easy for the author to say and harder for a beginner to comprehend, but, Eckman's approach to explaining crochet techniques and terms will give even the neophyte a greater confidence while building skills. The drawings are explicit in demonstrating what she is describing in the text—which is essential in an "answer" book. It is easier than it might seem to crochet as long as everything is going along well. It is when an error occurs that it will be handy to have Eckman's book at hand. The really confident crafts person actually knows how to "fix" errors and spot where things have gone astray. This title covers the most common tricky moments and includes some interesting things that might crop up in some patterns. The index is most useful for directing the user to the proper page and illustration for specific situations and general advice. There is an entire section devoted to "Resources" which includes: "Standard Abbreviations," "Common Crochet Terms and Phrases," "Standard Body Measurements and Sizes," "Garment Sizing Guidelines," and "Yarn Care Symbols." Books, web sites, and magazines are listed for quick reference and extended study. My great-aunt taught me to crochet and I would have understood sooner and easier if this book had been available so that I could "see" what she was trying to explain to me. I will turn to this book often as I do still come across pattern problems and other difficulties that are covered in detail in this compactly-sized but extensive-in-coverage book. 2005, Storey, Ages 12 up.