Crocheting in Plain English: The Only Book any Crocheter Will Ever Need [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Crocheting in Plain English: The Only Book any Crocheter Will Ever Need

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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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466869929
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 266,305
  • File size: 14 MB
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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

Part One: Before You Begin to Crochet

1. A Living History

A Short, Incomplete, and Possibly Inaccurate History of Crocheting

2. Dreams Are the Stuff That Reality Is Made of

3. Of Spiderwebs and Halyard Lines

The Threads and Yarns We Use

Sizing Systems for Threads

Sizing Systems for Yarns

Quality

Yarn Finishes

Color and Dye Lot

4. Hooks Can Harpoon You

Other Things About Hooks

Hook Sizing Systems

The Right Hook for the Project

Today’s Hooks for Today’s Crocheter

5. Don’t Be Gouged by Gauge

Things That Affect Gauge

How to Make and Measure a Gauge Swatch

6. Patterns and Instructions

Why Patterns Are Abbreviated

Patterns Do Make Sense

Have Someone Else Read the Pattern Aloud

Make Yourself a Pattern Booklet

Errors Creep In

Leaping Over Problems

7. Supply and Demand

Choosing a Container

Supplies to Carry in Your Bag

 

Part Two: Details, Details, Details

8. Making Music with Your Hands

Supplies for Beginners

A Reminder

The Slip Loop

How to Hold the Left Hand

How to Hold the Right Hand

9. The Chain Stitch

10. The First Real Stitch

The Single Crochet Stitch

Turning Chains

Row Two

A Definition

When You Want to Stop

Some Special Words About Charts

Buttonholes

11. Making It Softer and Longer

The Half-Double Crochet Stitch

12. And Longer

The Double Crochet Stitch

Things Don’t Always Stack Up Straight

The Edges of Double Crochet

13. And Longer Still

The Treble Crochet and Other Long Stitches

14. The Slip Stitch

Uses of the Slip Stitch

15. Adding New Yarn

When to Add New Yarn

Joining Yarn in the Middle of a Piece

Joining Yarn at the End of a Row

Plan Ahead

Hiding In the Ends Securely

16. Your Cup Runneth Over

Increasing

To Increase Is to Make More

Two Ways to Increase

Making More than One Stitch in an Old One

Adding Single Stitches at the Ends of Rows

Adding Many Stitches at the Ends of Rows

17. Gathering in the Flock

Decreasing

Single Crochet Decreases

Double Crochet Decreases

The Puff Stitch

Treble Crochet Decreases

Double Treble Crochet Decreases

18. Fishing with Your Hook in Other Waters

You Don’t Have to Work Through Both Loops

You Don’t Have to Put Your Hook in the Next Stitch

You Can Put Your Hook into a Space Instead of a Place

You Can Put Your Hook in Another Row

You Can Work Around Stitches Instead of into Them

You Can Make a Circle

You Can Go Backwards from Left to Right

Picots

You Can Remove the Hook and Insert It Somewhere Else

Popcorn Stitch

Another Way to Make a Picot

19. Improvise and Invent

Making It Work

If It Isn’t Right, Change It!

20. Oops!

Leave Mistakes In

Make a Pattern of Your Mistakes

Make a Compensating Increase for an Omitted Stitch

Make a Corresponding Decrease for an Extra Stitch

Open It Up

Rip Back and Start Over

Try to Avoid Errors

21. Fancy That!

A Small Collection of Plain and Fancy Pattern Stitches

Some Terms Defined

Mesh Fabrics

Filet Crochet

An Open V

Two Simple Double Crochet Shells

Combining a Shell and V

Brunswick Stew

The Ripple Afghan Stitch

Fishnet

Arch Stitch

Herringbone

Diagonal Popcorns

Lovers’ Knots

Spiderweb

Up-and-Down Stitch

My Lady’s Fan

Queen Anne’s Lace

22. Making Medallions and Motifs

Black-eyed Susans

Granny Squares

Spiral Pinwheel Hexagon

Irish Rose Square with Picots

Pineapple in the Square

A Medallion of Many Uses

23. Lavishing Laces on Linens

Picoted Double Crochet Shells

Morning Sunrise

Simple and Sweet

Insert or Apply with Love

Festive Fans

Plenty of Pineapples

Violets

24. Precious Little Jewels to Add

Cabbage Rose

Pretty Pansies

Sweet Double Daisy

Splendid Chrysanthemum

Star with Five Points

Lucky Four-Leafed Clover

Butterfly

25. Multicolor Jacquard Crochet

A Bunch of Balloons

Never-Ending Triangles

Plaids

Two-Color Plaid

Three-Color Plaid

 

Part Three: After the Last Stitch Is Finished

26. Putting It All Together

Things to Think About in Joining

Prepare Yourself for the Job with the Right Tools

Use the Yarn the Item Was Made with to Make the Seams

Yarn Wears Out as You Make Seams with It

Some of the Most Common Ways of Joining

Getting Rid of the Tail Ends

Working Edgings on Crochet

27. Finishing Touches

Fringe

Tassels

Pom-poms

Twisted Monk’s Cord

Crocheted Cords

Yarn Buttons

28. The Care and Feeding of Crocheted Articles

Cleaning

Dry Cleaning

Washing

Hand Washing

Drying Flat

Machine Washing

Machine Drying

Blocking

Never Hang Crocheted Articles

 

Part Four: Learning Lessons

29. Sampler Scarf

30. The Easiest Sweater

31. Additional Projects

Table/Tray Mat

Treble Crochet Striped Afghan

Raglan Baby Sweater

Bonnet

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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