Crocheting in Plain English

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The definitive classic on crocheting for years, the first edition of Crocheting in Plain English equipped readers with easy-to-follow, friendly advice on creating their dream crochets. A lifelong crocheting teacher and designer, Maggie Righetti offered both basic principles and step-by-step instructions to get crocheters started and to perfect their techniques.

In this latest edition, completely updated and revised for today’s crocheter, Righetti dispenses more of her invaluable...

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Overview

The definitive classic on crocheting for years, the first edition of Crocheting in Plain English equipped readers with easy-to-follow, friendly advice on creating their dream crochets. A lifelong crocheting teacher and designer, Maggie Righetti offered both basic principles and step-by-step instructions to get crocheters started and to perfect their techniques.

In this latest edition, completely updated and revised for today’s crocheter, Righetti dispenses more of her invaluable wisdom, covering virtually everything you need to know about crochet, including:

* Selecting threads and yarns
* Determining gauge
* Working with the right tools
* How to interpret patterns and instructions
* Increasing and decreasing stitches
* How to fix mistakes
* Basic stitches (chain, double, treble, slip)
* Sixteen different fabric pattern stitches
* Assembling the finished product
* How to block, clean, and care for crocheted articles
* And much, much more!

Each technique is illustrated with clear drawings, charts, or photos. Complete with a new introduction and a detailed glossary of crochet terms, Crocheting in Plain English is one sourcebook no crocheter should do without.

At last, crocheters without the benefit of a friendly instructor can find thehelp they need in this clear, accessible guide. Whether the reader has neverheld a crochet hook, or is an experienced crocheter, Righetti delivers sound, common-sense advice. Photos and illustrations.

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Righetti's 1988 classic remains one of the most comprehensive and accessible guides to crochet available. This isn't a quick-start guide: Righetti provides an overview of the necessary supplies, a brief history of crochet, and information about gauge before guiding beginners through their first stitch, an ideal approach for readers who wish to understand crochet in-depth. Projects reinforce the lessons, and Righetti's friendly style reassures those new to the craft.


—Nanette Donahue
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312353544
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 427,233
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Righetti, a certified knitting and crochet instructor, is the author of Knitting in Plain English and Sweater Design in Plain English. She lives in Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Crochet Teacher Tells All

Pt. 1 Before You Begin to Crochet

1 A Living History 3

2 Dreams Are the Stuff That Reality Is Made of 8

3 Of Spiderwebs and Halyard Lines 11

4 Hooks Can Harpoon You 18

5 Don't Be Gouged by Gauge 23

6 Patterns and Instructions 29

7 Supply and Demand 34

Pt. 2 Details, Details, Details

8 Making Music with Your Hands 43

9 The Chain Stitch 49

10 The First Real Stitch 53

11 Making It Softer and Longer 61

12 And Longer 65

13 And Longer Still 70

14 The Slip Stitch 73

15 Adding New Yarn 75

16 Your Cup Runneth Over 81

17 Gathering in the Flock 87

18 Fishing with Your Hook in Other Waters 93

19 Improvise and Invent 105

20 Oops! 110

21 Fancy That! 116

22 Making Medallions and Motifs 144

23 Lavishing Laces on Linens 160

24 Precious Little Jewels to Add 171

25 Multicolor Jacquard Crochet 180

Pt. 3 After the Last Stitch Is Finished

26 Putting It All Together 189

27 Finishing Touches 203

28 The Care and Feeding of Crocheted Articles 211

Pt. 4 Learning Lessons

29 Sampler Scarf 223

30 The Easiest Sweater 232

31 Additional Projects 237

Maggie's Premise in Writing This Book 249

Glossary 251

Common Symbols 259

Resources 261

Index 265

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Crocheting in Plain English

    Maggie Righetti did it again! This book and her book on Knitting in Plain English are essential for stitchers, particularly helpful when learning on one's own.

    Her diagrams are very clear and helpful.

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