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Solutions to common crochet quandaries are at your fingertips—anywhere you go

Crochet VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need—fast. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, plus time-saving tips, it covers:

  • Selecting tools and yarn
  • Working basic stitches
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Working in rounds and colors
  • Making puffs, bobbles, clusters, and knots
  • Working Tunisian crochet, filet crochet, and lace
  • Crocheting with beads
  • Finishing
  • Inter- preting patterns
  • Diagnosing problems and fixing mistakes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118153086
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Series: Visual Quick Tips , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 480,809
  • File size: 18 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Cecily Keim documents her adventures in life, crocheting, and other creative endeavors at Throughout her life, regardless of the type of study or type of job, making things has always fascinated Cecily. Her great-grandmother, Mama Mac, taught her to crochet at age 9. Since hen crochet has become a favorite technique in her crafty arsenal. Cecily is mesmerized by the endless possibilities of crochet and loves passing on her enthusiasm as a writer, designer, and teacher. She teaches crochet classes and contributes her designs to magazines and books. She has also demonstrated her designs on the DIY channel's Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads.
Cecily lives in Los Angeles, watches too much television, and loves candy, her cats, and her boyfriend.

Kim P. Werker is the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine,. She is also the founder and Creative Director of, the online crochet community of innovative patterns, tips, and tutorials, and a playground for meeting crocheters from all over the world. After a couple of earlier flings, Kim got back into crochet in 2004. She is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and the National NeedleArts Association, and travels throughout North America to teach about crochet and to meet enthusiastic crocheters. She has appeared on the television show Uncommon Threads and will appear on the PBS shows Shay Pendray's Needle Arts Studio and Knit & Crochet Today. She was thrilled to work again with Cecily on this follow-up to their first book, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting. Kim's other books include Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution (Interwave Press, 2007), Get Hooked, and Get Hooked Again (Watson-Guptil 2006 and 2007, respectively).
Originally from New York State, Kim lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and their dog. When she's not crocheting, writing, editing, or traveling, she enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, and playing in the garden.

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Table of Contents

1. Hooks and Yarn.


Hook Sizes.

Compare Hook-Size Labels.

Other Tools and Notions.

Yarn Fibers.

Yarn Construction.

How to Read Yarn Labels.

Yarn Weight.

Estimate Yarn Requirements.

Substitute Different Yarn.

How to Handle Store-Bought Yarn.

Yarn Care and Storage.

2. Basic Stitches.

Slip Knot.

Yarn Over.

Chain Stitch.

Foundation Chain.

Turning Chains.

Foundation Single Crochet.

Anatomy of a Chain.

Slip Stitch.

Single Crochet.

Half Double Crochet.

Double Crochet.

Treble Crochet.

Double Crochet.

Treble Crochet.

Count Your Stitches.

Crochet Symbols.

Teach a Child Basic Stitches.

3. Basic Techniques.


Decrease By Leaving Stitches Unworked.

Decrease by Working Stitches Together.

Crochet in the Round.

Create a Ring Using Chain Stitches.

Create a Ring Using a Loop.

Use a Chain Stitch as a Ring.

Basic Shaping in the Round.

Join New Yarn.

Fasten Off.

Weave In Yarn Ends.

4. Advanced Stitches.

Double Treble Crochet.

Extended Crochet Stitches.

Work in Front Loop or Back Loop Only.

Spike Stitches.

Post Stitches.






Clones Knot.

Lover's Knot.

5. Beyond the Basic Techniques.

Felting/ Fulling.

Tunisian crochet.

Work with Color: Stranding.

Work with Color: Intarsia.

Work with Color: Tapestry Crochet.

Filet Crochet.

Crochet with Beads.

Broomstick Loops.

Hairpin Lace.

Simple Daisy.



Triangles Using Increases o Decreases.

Triangle in the Round.

Rectangle in the Round.

Mitered Square.


Granny Square.

6. Finishing.



Patch Pockets.

Join Motifs.






Seam Pieces Together by Crocheting.

Care for Crocheted Items.

7. Working from Patterns.


Pattern Syntax.

How to Read a Pattern.


Adjust Your Gauge.

Take Your Measurements.

How to Read a Chart.

Standard Measurement Charts.

8. Diagnose and Fix Problems.

Recognize Extra Increases and Decreases.

Fix Extra Increases and Decreases.

If Something Still Seems Wrong.

Use Stitch Markers.

Working with Splitting Yarn.

Smooth Uneven Sides.

Loosen Up a Tight Foundation chain.

Fix the Fit of a Garment.

Appendix: Online Resources.


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