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Are you hooked on the art of crochet? Not only can you make beautiful pieces of art and work on it virtually anywhere, crocheting also provides stress relief and is a great way to pass time without wasting it. It’s a hobby that is highly addictive yet highly rewarding, though it may take a little bit more than a rainy afternoon and a ball of yarn to get started.

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Overview

Are you hooked on the art of crochet? Not only can you make beautiful pieces of art and work on it virtually anywhere, crocheting also provides stress relief and is a great way to pass time without wasting it. It’s a hobby that is highly addictive yet highly rewarding, though it may take a little bit more than a rainy afternoon and a ball of yarn to get started.

Whether you’re a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skills, Crocheting For Dummies shows you how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work. This hands-on guide provides step-by-step instructions and full-color photos that make it fun and easy to master the basics as well as more advanced techniques. You’ll have the tools you need to:

  • Create consistency with a gauge swatch
  • Decode crochet patterns, symbols, and diagrams
  • Stitch a double, a triple, a double triple, and a half double crochet
  • Increase and decrease stitches
  • Crochet in circles
  • Work with different colors
  • Stitch texture and advanced patterns
  • Create an Afghan stitch
  • Make new styles with filet crocheting
  • Join seams, sow buttons, add trims, and make pockets
  • Block and care for your work

Packed with instructions on different projects, as well as common mistakes and safety measures you should take to maximize your progress and fun, Crocheting For Dummies is the only guide you need to start creating beautiful designs in no time!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764541513
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Brittain’s fascination with crochet began very early, around 4 or 5 years of age. She would watch her grandmother, who had lost her sight in midlife, spend hours crocheting beautiful Afghans for friends and family, counting the stitches with her fingers. By the age of 8, Susan was crocheting her own projects, starting with simple patterns such as scarves and moving on to Afghans, toys, and sweaters. Although her creative streak has led her to learn many different crafts, crochet has been a steady thread throughout. Susan combined work with pleasure as assistant editor for Crochet Fantasy magazine for a little more than two years, contributing as a designer as well. After moving west with her family, she continues to be a contributing editor and designer.

Karen Manthey’s first attempt at crocheting, while attending Mount Holyoke College, involved mixing wool and acrylic yarns to produce a granny square Afghan that (after washing and drying) resembled a relief map of the English countryside! Through the 1970s, while working as a graphic artist, Karen explored many arts and crafts, and her skill at crochet improved. In 1984, her training in art and understanding of crochet led her to a job illustrating the magazine Crochet Fantasy. Her task was to create the intricate crochet diagrams that accompany many patterns today, using the International Crochet Symbols. She soon moved on to editor of the magazine, while continuing to do the illustrations. Karen has also honed her skills by designing her own patterns and has had many of her creations published in Crochet Fantasy magazine. Her skill as an illustrator can also be seen in the book, Crochet Your Way, by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Crochet 101.

Chapter 1: Hooking into a Life of Crochet.

Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 3: Creating Consistency with Gauge.

Chapter 4: Getting Down to Basics.

Part II: Basic Stitches and Techniques.

Chapter 5: Decoding Crochet Patterns.

Chapter 6: Long, Longer, Longest: Four Common Crochet Stitches.

Chapter 7: Shaping Up and Slimming Down: Increasing and Decreasing Stitches.

Chapter 8: I’ve Been Here Before: Crocheting in Circles.

Chapter 9: Crocheting in Technicolor.

Part III: Advanced Stitches and Techniques.

Chapter 10: Design 101: Crocheting Your First Sweater.

Chapter 11: Fancy Stitches That Steal the Show.

Chapter 12: Getting Creative: Working Stitches in Places You Never Thought Of.

Chapter 13: A Stitch in Time: The Afghan Stitch.

Chapter 14: Filet Crochet: Creating a New Style.

Part IV: Putting It All Together.

Chapter 15: When the Plan Comes Together: Joining Seams.

Chapter 16: Finishing Functionally: Borders, Buttons, and Pockets.

Chapter 17: It’s All in the Details: Embellishing Crochet.

Chapter 18: Neatness Counts: Blocking and Caring for Your Work.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Top Ten (Plus One) Crochet Resources.

Chapter 20: Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Crochet.

Chapter 21: Ten Variations on Crochet.

Appendix: Yarn Supply Sources.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    The only crochet book you'll need!

    Let me clarify this a bit. If I had to pick just ONE book to keep on each topic (shudder)- an anethema for a book lover, THIS would be the one for crocheting, hands down! Few other books have the ability to take you through the process in such a clear and concise manner, with interesting projects do do as you master each skill...and master them you will. It is a pleasure to read and follow, and you'll have several useful and attractive items to show for it. I find myself referring back to it, time and again - rather than the other books I picked up before and after finding it. Of course,I love them too. Many are filled with lovely eye candy as well as wonderful ideas and projects, but this one will give you the foundation to understand them, and truly get more out of them and your crocheting experience. There is nothing dumb about THIS book for 'Dummies'.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    I love this book!

    This is a self-learning book and it doesn't need to be read page to page and the book even says so. You can pick this book up and start right where your level of learning is. I've been crocheting for a couple of years before I bought this, I was tired of doing the same old stitches and wanted to learn more in depth about what some of these more advanced patterns meant and how to do them. It clarified a few things for me the moment I started reading it. I liked it so much I also purchased the Knitting for Dummies and Sewing also. All 3 highly recommended.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Wonderful clear instructions on stitches.

    This booked was exactly what I wanted. It clearly explained the stitches and was easy to find information when I needed to go back and go over items again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Pick Up Your Hook and Go...

    This is a very good reference to improve your crochet skills. There were several areas where I lacked the basic skills to complete a project and this book helped me fill in the gaps. This book is well written and concise, whether you want to read page by page or just check the places where you need assistance the information you need is there and findable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Useful!

    Just what I needed to explain some stitches I had never encountered before.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

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    Left-Handed information

    I like the charts at the beginning of the book and the color photos in the center, but perhaps the information provided for left-handed people is what I like the most. A simple explanation at the begining of the book about holding the hook and illustrations throughout the book are helpful and informative.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    not what i had expected

    i had expected the book to have beginners crochet patterns in it.
    there wasn't very many beginner patterns.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

    I am even dummier than the dummies the book is written for.

    Although I feel that this book will be invaluable down the line, I have decided to take a short Learn to Crochet course at the local Arts and Crafts store before I tackle the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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