“Absent a live-in grandma or an all-night craft store? That’s where The Crochet Answer Book comes in. The handy volume addresses myriad issues that can arise in the middle of a needlework project."
"Crochet is just a series of loops." That is easy for the author to say and harder for a beginner to comprehend, but, Eckman's approach to explaining crochet techniques and terms will give even the neophyte a greater confidence while building skills. The drawings are explicit in demonstrating what she is describing in the textwhich is essential in an "answer" book. It is easier than it might seem to crochet as long as everything is going along well. It is when an error occurs that it will be handy to have Eckman's book at hand. The really confident crafts person actually knows how to "fix" errors and spot where things have gone astray. This title covers the most common tricky moments and includes some interesting things that might crop up in some patterns. The index is most useful for directing the user to the proper page and illustration for specific situations and general advice. There is an entire section devoted to "Resources" which includes: "Standard Abbreviations," "Common Crochet Terms and Phrases," "Standard Body Measurements and Sizes," "Garment Sizing Guidelines," and "Yarn Care Symbols." Books, web sites, and magazines are listed for quick reference and extended study. My great-aunt taught me to crochet and I would have understood sooner and easier if this book had been available so that I could "see" what she was trying to explain to me. I will turn to this book often as I do still come across pattern problems and other difficulties that are covered in detail in this compactly-sized but extensive-in-coverage book. 2005, Storey, Ages 12 up.
Written by well-known teachers in their fields and formatted as a series of questions that might be asked by crocheters or knitters, these manuals cover materials, techniques, and resources for each craft. They include not only valuable information for the beginner but also answers to questions that even experienced crocheters or knitters may never have seen addressed in print. For example, many books cover the casting-on process in knitting, but Radcliffe answers such specific queries as "What is the best cast-on when you're planning to add fringe to a piece?" and "Is there a more durable cast-on I can use for children's clothes?" In the crochet manual, Eckman includes exceptionally clear explanations for how to count stitches and rows from either side of a crocheted piece. Both books have excellent resource sections that include bibliographies, glossaries, and lists of abbreviations used in pattern books; at these prices, they are ideal for public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.