A nifty little book that shows you the basic stitches and processes in crochet complete with illustrations to show you how two ways of holding the needle, how to hold the yarn, the various stitches and how to make them, how to increase stitches, how to decrease stitches which varies depending on the type of stitch you are doing, and then some simple crochet projects.
The crochet projects each have a single picture of the finished product but I think it would have been useful to show the item in various stages of being made, particularly as this is a book aimed at beginners. The Cloche Hat has a couple of extra photos to show you how to make the decorative flower but apart from that there is only one image of each completed project.
The author has helpfully included a comparison chart for standard shoe sizes between the US and the UK so you can get the slipper sizes right - very useful in a book that will reach an international audience. It took me a while to work out whether this was a book made in the US or the UK as I didn't find it stated anywhere but the comparison of stitch names at the end of the book reminded me which terms are which and the stitch names used in the teaching section are the US terms.
The book also contains a comparison of hook sizings between metric, US and UK; a list of abbreviations used in the text and in crochet patterns generally; and a recommended crochet hook to yarn size chart.
I'm not sure how easy it is to learn crochet from a book but I've crocheted in the past so this book was a good reminder of the stitches and how it's done. And I learned a few new tricks and tips as well.
NEW: Updated in October 2014
I am very pleased to release this newly updated version of my best-selling book. I read all of the customer reviews on my books and appreciate everyone who takes the time to give their feedback; your comments have helped me to see where improvements and clarifications needed to be made, and I am very thankful for your input.
This book shows you how to do all of the basic crochet stitches with detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations. You will easily progress from complete beginner to being able to crochet any of the projects in this book, and beyond!
This latest edition includes the instructions for four of my best-selling crochet patterns:-
- Boot Cuffs
- Slouchy Hat
- House Slippers
- Cloche Hat
in addition to the quick and easy original patterns for a spa-style wash cloth, mesh scarf, Kindle cover, flower head band, and a basic granny square motif which can be used as a basis for many other projects such as afghans, cot covers, cushion covers........the possibilities are endless!
This is the ONLY beginner's book you will need.
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