Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet

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This 240-page book is the complete, authoritative guide to the history, techniques, and patterns of crochet — and now it's been updated to reflect what's popular in crochet today. Expanded information is given in some areas, and the skill-building projects have been refreshed with up-to-the-minute patterns. Materials and basic techniques are clearly illustrated. Twenty-nine unique projects are stunningly photographed, with thorough written instructions to guide even a novice. For those whose skills go beyond the ...

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Overview

This 240-page book is the complete, authoritative guide to the history, techniques, and patterns of crochet — and now it's been updated to reflect what's popular in crochet today. Expanded information is given in some areas, and the skill-building projects have been refreshed with up-to-the-minute patterns. Materials and basic techniques are clearly illustrated. Twenty-nine unique projects are stunningly photographed, with thorough written instructions to guide even a novice. For those whose skills go beyond the basics, advanced techniques and projects will challenge and inspire. The pattern gallery explains how to read patterns and features 164 charts for traditional as well as brand new crochet patterns. A resource list, cross-referenced index, and bibliography round out the volume.

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Produced by the Kooler Design Studio, this authoritative encyclopedia of crochet credits a number of well-known designers and writers in the field for its contents, including Nancy Nehring, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Melissa Leapman, Ann E. Smith, and Kathleen Power Johnson. It includes a beautifully illustrated and footnoted history of crochet, instruction in basic crochet techniques for both left- and right-handed learners, detailed information on the abbreviations and chart symbols used in crochet patterns, instruction in specialty and thread crochet techniques, a selection of illustrative projects for crocheters with beginner to advanced skills, and a crochet pattern gallery. The gorgeous, elaborately detailed "Philosopher's Coat" pattern for advanced crocheters shows the art of crochet at its best, while the information included on wire crochet and crocheting socks is difficult to find in other crochet handbooks. Essential for public library crochet collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574862829
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 675,154
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 11.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Donna Kooler is the founder of Kooler Design Studio, which is now led by her daughter Basha Kooler as president. The California company has a web site at koolerdesign.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Some good patterns but DISMAL instructions

    I am not a beginning crocheter, (about intermediate) and I stumbled over every pattern I thought about doing from this book because the instructions are SO Terrible. If you are doing anything beyond basic sc or dc patterns (kind of the whole point of a pattern book) you will likely be very frustrated. For example I decided to try a Filet Crochet pattern (very simple really) but no where in the pattern did it tell me how to start or even how many to chain. So I searched the beginning part (intructions) to find the answer....15 minutes later I had found out how to make a basic square and how to turn but not how to start. Through trial and error I figured it out and later found a book at the libary on Filet Crochet which explained at the beginning (very simply) that you chain 3st for each square in pattern plus 1. Nowhere did it say that in this book. This is just one example. It has a few good patterns but as it is an exercise in frustration to use any of them I will look for a different book with clear and concise stitch guides and instructions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    A 'Must Have' for Beginners

    You simply can not do better than this book. It is well illustrated and easy to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    wonderful book

    I took this book out from our local library.I have returned it in the mean time. And I wanted to keep for myself. I enjoyed so much I to go and buy the book for myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    MUST HAVE

    Ok ok ok... I have a confession to make I don't own this book. I checked it from the library. But this is such an exellent book and i miss it now. There are 21 projects tons and tons of pattern stitches. There are also edgings and pretty motifs that are all beautiful but simple to make. This really is an encyclopedia. You will open it again and again to look up stitches and just to drool over the 100% color photography. This is one you'll want to own (I do)! And I'm going to buy it as soon as I get a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Fantastic book, but get a 3-ring binder...

    You MUST have this book in your collection. It's not only interesting reading but, it has lots of interesting stitches for beginners to advance crocheters. However, the book has a tendancy to fall apart. The publishers/bookmaker's glue doesn't hold the pages well. Although I must admit, I use this book ALL the time as an excellent reference source. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Benita -

    I am just learning to crochet, my mother gave me a brief lesson 1 month ago and I loved it so much I purchased this book and have now made 4 doilies and a scarf. The photos and directions are quite easy to follow. This book is priceless to the art of crochet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Great book of basic stich instruction and beautiful patterns to try out

    The book had great descriptions of the basic(and some not so basic) stiches. Instructions for the stiches are illustrated for both right and left handed crocheters. In the back of the book there is a pattern galery that has beautiful patterns that I can't wait to try out. The book is a good reference.

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