Hip to Crochet: 23 Contemporary Projects for Today's Crocheter

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A broad range of garment patterns and home accessory projects that transform traditional crochet projects into today's trendiest clothing are provided in this collection of fashionable crochet designs. Presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and photos, these 23 projects include a bohemian coat sweater, a mohair hat, retro bed slippers, and an assortment of trendsetting bags. Projects are included for baskets, pillows, and a throw to add a stylish twist to a crocheter's home decor. In ...

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Overview

A broad range of garment patterns and home accessory projects that transform traditional crochet projects into today's trendiest clothing are provided in this collection of fashionable crochet designs. Presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and photos, these 23 projects include a bohemian coat sweater, a mohair hat, retro bed slippers, and an assortment of trendsetting bags. Projects are included for baskets, pillows, and a throw to add a stylish twist to a crocheter's home decor. In addition to introducing basic crochet techniques, this guide tackles more advanced projects using a variety of yarns, including mohair, merino, angora blends, and linen.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This colorful new book is anything but square." - Get Creative

"Knitwear designer and teacher Judith Swartz has filled this book with 23 fashion-focused garments and hip home accessories." - Simply Knitting

"Longtime standard favorites like granny squares...are used in a new and unexpected way. The colors used are fabulous." - The Carol Duvall Show on HGTV

From the Publisher

"This colorful new book is anything but square." — Get Creative

"Knitwear designer and teacher Judith Swartz has filled this book with 23 fashion-focused garments and hip home accessories." — Simply Knitting

"Longtime standard favorites like granny squares...are used in a new and unexpected way. The colors used are fabulous." — The Carol Duvall Show on HGTV

Knitting News
"I do not often review crochet books unless they are something special. This one fits that special category."
Jo-Ann Magazine
Brims with dynamic design and adventurous color . . . 23 diverse projects were created with a fresh eye . . . a cool collection.
Shuttle Scuttle
I was really impressed with the how-to basics section.
INKnitters
This book is full of hip items to crochet from smart styles to items for the home.
Knitty.com
LOVE the baskets, done in linen...There are quite a few other fun patterns.
Woman's Day Quick and Easy Knitting and Crocheting
Patterns certainly live up to their hip classification, but the classic design[s]... can be easily adapted for fickle changes in fashion.
Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review
An excellent title to get the beginner crocheter started . . . projects are colorful, pretty, and interesting to make.
Library Journal
Swartz (Hip To Knit) here covers the basics of crochet and, after starting with simple but gratifying projects like striped hats, scarves, and mittens, works up to more complex but accessible projects. She also covers techniques such as tapestry and free-form crochet, often left out of books for novices. Highlights include a gorgeous lace cardigan with asymmetrical closing and a colorful coat sweater featuring Tunisian crochet and cross-stitched motifs. By far the best book on crochet for novices, this combines solid instruction with 23 illustrative projects that will appeal to a whole new generation of crocheters; for all public libraries. One caveat in teaching basic crochet stitches, Swartz ignores an estimated 13 percent of the population who are left-handed. Libraries will want to make sure they have Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin's Crochet Your Way available for instruction that covers both right- and left-handed crochet. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931499521
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Hip to . . . Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 825,185
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith L. Swartz is a designer for yarn companies, publishers, and private clients, as well as a knitting and crocheting teacher. She is the author of Dogs in Knits, Hip to Crochet, and Hip to Knit. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Techniques and Tips
Afghan Crochet 92
Afghan Stitch 95
Basic Fringe 17
Buttonholes 71
Changing Colors 17
Choosing Buttons 68
Cord 39
Corkscrew Fringe 43
Creating Motifs 46
Crocheting with Novelty Yarns 115
Cross-Stitching on Afghan Stitch 97
Designing Your Own Scarf 16
Felting 55
Free-form Crochet 104
Graduating Hook Size 85
Lace Crochet 88
Perfect Pom-poms 20
Perpendicular Crochet 101
Picot Edge 79
Raised Stitches 109
Reading Charts 51
Reverse Single Crochet 64
Setting In a Sleeve 74
Sewing on a Button 74
Shaping 38
Stripes 29
Tapestry Crochet 58
Working into Back Loop 42
Working in Rounds 23
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Not your Granny's Squares!

    This book is filled with up to date projects with cute embellishments and terrific colors! It will inspire you whether you are just starting or are more advanced. There are 23 projects of all levels from beginner to advanced and instructions that are easy to follow. The projects are fun and varied -- I highly recommend this book!

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