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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.