Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-to-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects

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Simple Crocheting is the perfect book for the beginner. Under Erika Knight's guidance even those who have never picked up a crochet hook before will soon be making gorgeous projects and all the while learning new techniques and adding to their skills. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique, or trick. And with each pattern you complete, you will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learned in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of ...

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Overview

Simple Crocheting is the perfect book for the beginner. Under Erika Knight's guidance even those who have never picked up a crochet hook before will soon be making gorgeous projects and all the while learning new techniques and adding to their skills. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique, or trick. And with each pattern you complete, you will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learned in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and completed and enviable collection of crocheted items.

Simple Crocheting showcases the incredible variety of finishes that different crochet techniques can produce. Erika begins with simple scarves and hats that are chic accessories as well as being the perfet items to practice basic stitches. She then takes you through the dense textures of double and treble crochet—-which make excellent bags, purses, and even a laptop case—-and then moves on to the more intricate, deilcate lace and cluster stitches—-perfect for heirloom shawls and antique-style cushions. Freeform or random crochet takes the craft to a more demanding level and projects like the edge-to-edge cardigan will provide a new challenge for all creative crocheters.

 

With exquisite photography by Yuki Sugiura that perfectly shows each of the beautiful designs, and supported with clear diagrams and illustrations, Erika Knight has created the ultimate book for all enthusiasts of this remarkable craft.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Renowned British craft designer Knight presents a new collection of crochet designs (not to be confused with her previous book, Simple Crochet) that are particularly well-suited to readers who'd like to learn how to crochet, but don't want to churn out unattractive items while doing so. Knight's aesthetic -- natural fibers in simple, unfussy designs - makes this collection look modern and nicely low-key. The British vibe throughout also appeals. Knight's emphasis is very much on instruction, as the first 60 pages are packed with advice on choosing yarn and hooks, then shaping the stitches needed. It's a thorough overview and far more helpful to beginners than the usual. Then come 20 designs, beginning with a simple dishcloth, and including all manner of items, from a scarf to slippers to a complex (and stunning) Asymmetrical Cardigan comprised of circle motifs worked in super-bulky yarn. Extensive charts and photographs accompany clearly written instructions. This book is a lovely addition to the crafter's shelf. Full-color photos.
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"Erika Knight..brings her clean, unfussy design sensibility to crochet. The book aims at beginner-level crocheters, but the projects will entice even the advanced among us." —Interweave Crochet

 

"Too often, crochet books veer toward amigurumi-cute or unfashionably retro, so Knight's intelligent, modern introduction to crochet is especially welcome." —Nannete Donohue, Library Journal

 

"Each new stitch, trick or technique that you learn from the twenty projects will make you a more skilled crocheter.... This is an easy-to-follow how-to crochet book. The projects are stylish and you will learn about a lot about crocheting. If you enjoy both crocheting and knitting, " —Paula Moliver, examiner.com

 

"These projects give anyone a chance to hone their skills while learning new stitches, techniques, or tricks." —Quick & Easy Crochet

 

"[Simple Corcheting] has so many projects I want to try.... The photography and graphics are so clear for each step. This book makes me want to learn even more about crocehting." ——Sew Spoiled blog

 

"The projects in this book are simple yet sophisticated, and could serve as the starting point to a new craft. Her goal with this book is to simplify and communicate her passion for crochet with accessible yet enticing projects that are good for beginners through master levels.... Simple Crocheting is not just a book of how-to's, Erika shares design principles like building a color palette and other unique design secrets. I'm happy to include this in my growing craft library." —-Pulp Sushi blog

 

"If you are a beginner who is inspired by the look of well photographed projects, this might be the beginner crochet book for you." —-Underground Crafter blog

Library Journal
Knit and crochet designer Knight's (Simple Knitting) basics-and-beyond guide to crochet provides a straightforward introduction to stitches and techniques for beginners, as well as a refresher for experienced crocheters. The stitch dictionary includes charted instructions as well as written instructions. Knight includes a collection of stylish, understated accessories and home decor patterns, most presented in a contemporary, neutral color palette. VERDICT Too often, crochet books veer toward amigurumi-cute or unfashionably retro, so Knight's intelligent, modern introduction to crochet is especially welcome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250016218
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 227,683
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIKA KNIGHT is a highly-respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a consultant to the fashion and yarn industries. With her "simple" ethos, Erika has a unique interpretation of craft; her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for knitting and crochet with accessible yet enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and, above all, enjoy creating.

Erika has recently launched her own capsule collection of high-quality hand-knit yarns, which are all sheared, scoured, and spun in England. As you would expect from this talented designer, the texture and color are truly special. Erika is the author of numerous highly-acclaimed knitting and crochet books, including Simple Knitting and Natural Nursery Knits.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    Designer Erika Knight has created a pattern book that beginners can follow, yet seasoned crocheters can enjoy as well.

    As soon as I saw Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-to-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects, I was instantly drawn in by it's pretty cover. When I opened Simple Crocheting I was treated to a beautifully presented pattern book. I tend to think *yawn* whenever I see a crochet pattern book that is aimed at beginners. I like to be challenged when I crochet and I will get easily bored if I see patterns that are too simple. That is not the case here at all. Designer Erika Knight has created a pattern book that beginners can follow, yet seasoned crocheters can enjoy as well. Aside from the well written patterns, I love Erika's style of writing. I read this pattern book cover to cover. The photography in this pattern book is as the title suggests, simple, yet it is beautiful. I love the presentation. ...It is the simplicity of crochet that inspires me. With just a few basic stitches worked either in lines or round and round, using only a hook and some yarn you can create seemingly endless textures. With only one stitch ever in work on the hook, it is a deceptively simple craft that anyone can master, as well as being conveniently portable. p.6, Simple Crocheting... The patterns in the book range from very easy to a bit more entailed. The skill levels are Beginner, Easy, Intermediate and Experienced. The book contains an Introductory section, Materials and Techniques and a Stitch Library. I enjoyed reading Erika's take on choosing the right yarns in the Materials and Techniques section. She favors crocheting with natural fibers and has her own line of natural yarns. The patterns in the book, which are called "Project Workshops", incorporate the different techniques in crochet. There's a Basics section with patterns like Simple Dishcloth and Laptop Cover and a Shaping section with patterns like Triangular Scarf and Slipper Boots. Also included is a Motifs section with patterns for a Traditional Square Motif Throw and a Patchwork Motif Blanket. The patterns are written out clearly, the photographs will inspire you and you can use the stitch guide for reference. ...The projects in this book, Simple Crocheting, are very much my take on crochet. This book is not intended as an exhaustive "wikipedia" on the minutiae of crochet. Instead it is as simple introduction of the craft, to set you on your way to mastering techniques, selecting yarns, and considering color palettes. I have pared down the craft to the essentials as I see them with the aim of providing the means to get you crocheting. p.6, Simple Crocheting... One project in particular caught my eye, the Rag Pet Bed. I know my chihuahua would be right at home in something like this. This bed is actually worked up by crocheting with fabric strips instead of yarn, which gives the project a nice, rustic look. Erika provides a section in her book on how to make yarn from fabric strips, which is pretty simple to do. Overall I found Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-to-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects to be a beautifully presented crochet pattern book, with a nice variety of patterns and photographs that will inspire crocheters to pick up those hooks and yarn and start creating. This book and this designer are new favorites! Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and designers, such as this one, I am under no obligation t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Well-designed book for novice crocheters

    Exactly fits the B&N online description. Lovely, inspiring photos. Only drawback is tight binding which makes it difficult to keep open. Pleased with purchase.

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