Forget ugly afghans and dainty doilies and think luxurious throws and sumptuous sweaters. You can crochet cool stuff that will make everyone envious--things to spice up your wardrobe and your pad, or gifts to amaze your ""I could never do that"" friends. Choose from nearly thirty projects ranging from elegant to earthy--from a chic shrug to a recycled denim rug and from fun plush toys to sweaters too good for boys.
In hip style, this guide covers:
* All kinds of yarns and materials, and the tools of the trade
* The basic stitches, shaping, finishing techniques, blocking, and more
* Simple projects that give you close-to-instant gratification and more complex ones that take some commitment
* Suggestions for customizing every design and personalizing every project
Intone your creative mantra and get your hooks into a terrific project. With Not Your Mama's Crochet, you won't just make unique, chic items--you'll make a statement.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Amy Swenson has come a long way since she crocheted blankets for her dolls. She now markets her own line of original patterns for knitting and crochet, IndiKnits, sold in over 100 shops across North America and on www.indiknits.com. Her designs have been featured in many popular books and online magazines.
Table of Contents
PART ONE. Hooker How-To.
CHAPTER ONE. Crochet 101.
The Ultimate Smack-down: Crochet versus Knitting.
Working with Yarn.
It All Starts with a Knot.
Ch-ch-chains of Love.
You Spin Me Right ’Round Baby!
What Goes Up Must Come Down.
Putting It All Together.
When Good Crochet Goes Bad: Troubleshooting.
CHAPTER TWO. Stitches to Make Your Knees Weak.
How to Use This Chapter.
The Basics and Beyond.
CHAPTER THREE. All about Yarn.
A Yarn for All Seasons.
Hanks, Balls, and Skeins, oh my!
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
A Weight Problem.
Dame Fashion Says “Dye It!”.
Just the Facts, Ma’am.
Yarn Shops: Not Just for Knitting Anymore.
The Hooker’s Secret Stash.
Stash Enhancing Online.
Hooked on Spinning.
CHAPTER FOUR. One Hook or Two?
A Study of the Crochet Hook in Its Natural Habitat.
Other Doodads That Make Life Worth Living.
CHAPTER FIVE. Be a Fashion Designer (Or Just Look Like One!).
Garment Construction Basics.
Ease In: Fit Matters!
Flattery Gets You Everywhere.
A Little Light Color Theory.
When Good Projects Go Bad.
CHAPTER SIX. Ready, Set, Crochet!
The Anatomy of a Crochet Pattern.
Symbolcraft: TheIllustration of Crochet.
Get Hooking or Go Home!
PART TWO: Projects.
CHAPTER SEVEN. Jump Right in, the Water’s Fine!
From the Crochet Test-Kitchen: Market Bag.
It’s Called a Toque, Eh?
Getting Dizzy Scarf.
Chunky Monkey Scarf .
CHAPTER EIGHT. Fashionistas Unite!
Peek-a-boo Plaid Skirt.
S3—Sari Silk Shrug.
Ramblin’ Rosie Cardie.
The “Too Good for Your Boyfriend” Sweater.
CHAPTER NINE. Put Your Hook Where Your Heart Is: Great Gifts to Crochet.
Granny’s Been in the Bourbon Again: A Drunken Throw.
Classic Street Page Boy.
Daisy Chain Neck Warmer.
Lucy-Lou & Tim-Bob, Too.
Woven Fringe Scarf.
CHAPTER TEN. Bucking Tradition.
Straight-Laced Tank and Shrug.
The Wowie Zowie Eco-Tote.
When the Jeans Don’t Fit: A Recycled Denim Rug.
Deliberate Shrinkage Sack.
Felted Trellis Scarf.
Creatures of the Wooly Deep.
PART THREE: Resources and Appendices.
CHAPTER ELEVEN. History of the Hook.
Let Them Single Crochet!
Hippy Hookers at Woodstock.
The Rebirth of Cool Crochet .
Crochet on the Catwalk.
CHAPTER TWELVE. Surf ’n Turf: Crochet Resources Online and on Land.
Webzines and Pattern Sources.
Crochet Groups and Communities.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN. Safe S.E.X.: Stash-Enhancing eXcursions.
The Big Box Stores.
LYS: Local Yarn Stores.
Online Yarn Stores.
It’s in the Bag.
Festivals, Fairs, and Events.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN. Weaving Ends.
APPENDIX A: A Crochet Reference.
US/Metric Hook Sizing.
Yarn Weight and Gauge Chart
APPENDIX B: Worksheets and Forms.
Measurement Worksheet .
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