Not Your Mama's Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang

Not Your Mama's Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang

by Amy Swenson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620458341
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/19/2006
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 975,148
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 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.

What’s Next?

CHAPTER TWO. Stitches to Make Your Knees Weak.

How to Use This Chapter.

The Basics and Beyond.

What’s Next?

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!).

Measure Up.

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.

Preppy/Hippy Scarf.

It’s Called a Toque, Eh?

Getting Dizzy Scarf.

Weekend Vest.

Chunky Monkey Scarf .

CHAPTER EIGHT. Fashionistas Unite!

Uber-Femme Capelet.

Peek-a-boo Plaid Skirt.


S3—Sari Silk Shrug.

Ramblin’ Rosie Cardie.

The “Too Good for Your Boyfriend” Sweater.

Cozy Peacoat.

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.

Bubble Belt.

Who Hat.

CHAPTER TEN. Bucking Tradition.

Straight-Laced Tank and Shrug.

The Wowie Zowie Eco-Tote.

Crocheted Bling.

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!

Purely Puritanical.

Crochet Negligée?

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.

The Glossies.

Other Books.

Indie Designers.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN. Safe S.E.X.: Stash-Enhancing eXcursions.

The Big Box Stores.

LYS: Local Yarn Stores.

Online Yarn Stores.

Yarn Companies.

It’s in the Bag.

Festivals, Fairs, and Events.


APPENDIX A: A Crochet Reference.

Common Abbreviations.

British/American Terminology.

US/Metric Hook Sizing.

Yarn Weight and Gauge Chart

APPENDIX B: Worksheets and Forms.

Measurement Worksheet .

Project Log.

Designer Bios.


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