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"Chan works in module style, explaining how to make one motif and then expand it into stylist wraps, dresses, and scarves. Chan's use of lace makes her designs both classic and hip, avoiding the bulky heaviness that regular crochet can have." --Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

DORIS CHAN broke into the crochet design scene when a photograph of her first doily shawl attracted the attention of a notable yarn company, and she's been at the forefront of modern crochet design ever since. Her work is featured in the design catalogs of yarn companies, including Caron International and NaturallyCaron.com, Tahki Stacy Charles, and Coats & Clark, in magazines such as Interweave Crochet, Vogue Knitting Crochet, and Piecework, among others, as well as on Knitting Daily TV and Knit and Crochet Now on public television. She is an avid professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a CYCA certified crochet instructor. Catch up with Doris at her site dorischancrochet.com, discover her independent pattern line, DJC Designs, and coming soon from Interweave Crochet, her DVD workshop Top Down Construction.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307965708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307965707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout my childhood I'd seen my mother do needlework and learned from her by example. I can't remember exactly why I was home from school that week. I think I might have had the mumps, or was it after I had my tonsils out. Whatever. I wasn't allowed to go outside and ride my bike, climb trees or pet the neighbor's pony. I'd read all the books I had at home. I was bored to tears and probably so was my mom who was stuck at home with me. So mom put me to work with knitting needles, crochet hook and yarn. Frankly I was glad to go back to school.

Fast forward to nearly a decade ago when I went into early "retirement". The radio station at which I was employed was sold to a Spanish language company, my insistence that I could learn Spanish fell on deaf ears, and I found myself in the absurd state of having no job, an empty nest and nothing to do. I put myself to work with needles, hook and yarn. This time the crochet spoke to me.

I was just a hobbyist, a dabbler in the craft, but well on the way to becoming an obsessive fiberazzi (fiberazza?). Like you I crocheted holiday gifts for everyone, afghans for every baby shower, sweaters for the dog. One day on a whim I posted an image of myself in a shawl that I had made (I didn't realize then that I had "designed" it) on the Lion Brand Yarn customer gallery. It got so many hits that I was asked to submit the sample and a pattern. They even offered to pay me. Money. Well HELL YES!

If you've cracked open any of a number of crochet of fiber interest magazines, books and booklets in the past few years, you've probably seen something of mine. Doris Chan designs have appeared in Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, Crochet! magazine, Vogue Knitting, KnitScene, Crochet World; in book collections such as Interweave Crocheted Gifts, the Just books series from Lion Brand, the Vogue-to-Go book series. You might have seen my work in yarn company ads and offered in catalogs, booklets, in-store leaflets and websites as I create crochet design for major companies, including Tahki Stacy Charles, Caron International and Coats&Clark.

As an author I have three crochet design books with Potter Craft. I also write technical articles and essays for magazines and newsletters.As a proud and avid Professional Member of the Crochet Guild Of America I hold a CGOA Masters in Basic Crochet and currently serve as chairman of the CGOA Design Competition Committee. I just earned status as a Craft Yarn Council of America Certified Crochet Instructor. And I am an Associate Member of the industry organization, The National NeedleArts Association.

If you put tags on all of the hundreds of my published designs, the heaviest hits would be: crochet, lace, seamless top-down construction. Those three attributes pretty much sum up what I do. I specialize in garments and accessories for women, mostly because men don't wear lace. With few exceptions my designs are virtually seamless, no sew, meaning when you're done crocheting, you're done.

My latest venture and the scariest thing I've ever done is launching my own self-published pattern line, DJC Designs. Available exclusively at DesigningVashti.com, the ultimate crochet destination and pattern boutique owned by my friend Vashti Braha, DJC Designs lets me explore territory not possible in traditional publishing venues. Coming soon is the expansion of the companion line, DJC Designs, Too!, a collection of seamless garments sized for girls, tweens and teens.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By HomeFree on May 29, 2013
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I took me years to understand Doris way of teaching. Finally it has arrived. The ultimate teaching manual for those who want to have success working with motif joining (connection). This book is truly designed for use by "intermediate to advance" crochet crafters who already know the basic various stitchery because you will not find them broken down here like in the back of craft magazines. So, with that being said, THANK YOU DORIS, you've finally are saying what I've wanted to hear you to say over the years. If you know the basics, Doris can get you to work and make wearable art.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Donna on September 12, 2013
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Doris Chan's designs are some of the best in the crochet world, and this latest book is, in my humble opinion, the best so far. Her other books have a top-down construction--which is great way to make sure of the fit as you work--but this one has patterns using separate motifs which you join as you go, and they drape in a lovely way on the body. I'm a bit curvier than her models (and than Doris herself, ahem), and the latest designs seem to be better suited to us curvy girls. I've already finished one top and a scarf.

I love this book on so many levels--her books are so personal, and she discusses her methods of design, which I find fascinating and makes me appreciate the pieces even more. You can, of course, skip reading and go right to the patterns, but if you are serious about your craft, put down the hooks and go through the book before you begin. It will be well worth it. We spend so much money on our yarn, and we spend so much time crocheting, it's worth it to spend a bit of that time reading through the book to understand the designs thoroughly.

The patterns are easy to make whether you prefer to follow the written pattern, or the international crochet symbols, or a combination of both. But understand--this may not be a good choice for you if you are a true beginner. If you want to take your crochet garments to another level, this is a great book for you. And the only crochet book I know of that uses the word "grok." The geek in me loves it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tanis Galik on September 2, 2013
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Doris Chan has done it again creating her signature lacey garments! If you are an intermediate or advanced crocheter who is looking for some new ways to use motifs, this is the book for you.

As always, I took the book to my Fiber Fun Group of beginning crocheters. The designs and motifs were a big hit, but since they are mostly beginning crocheters, they felt at this point the projects were too difficult for them to crochet on their own.

However, for an intermediate or advance crochet, these motifs present an exciting challenge. Each pattern can be assembled or styled into multiple looks. The 24 motifs are interchangeable, connectable and adaptable, creating 22 projects.

Doris provides techniques for measuring, finishing and sizing so your garment reflects the real you. There are decorator suggestions on how to crochet buttons, rope and braids to add that designer touch. I especially liked the tip to use button studs to making your garments more versatile without committing to a button hole in a certain location.

The instructions are clear and beautifully illustrated. My personal favorites are Titan Top page 75, T-Bird page 104, Kerry Top & Skirt page 120 and Andromeda Vest page 126.

Doris designs beautiful doilies that fold, drape and grow into lovely items to wear.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CraftyCSW on June 2, 2013
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I've loved Doris Chan's earlier books, and this one is a worthy addition to anyone's crochet library. She takes several motifs and a few stitch patterns, and mixes and matches them in endless creative ways to make lovely garments. I started the Andromeda Peplum Vest within days of receiving the book! The book contains charts as well as written instructions; I love charts!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan Creel on September 5, 2013
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I love Doris Chan's mode of design. This book is arranged in a very data-dense, but highly organized format. I love that I can read the technical details behind a design, and have tips for customizing, mixing and matching motifs from different patterns to create a piece that will still work as envisioned.

Doris Chan really empowers the creative crocheter.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gum on October 18, 2013
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Maybe I should have done what I usually do, pick a pattern, get the yarn, and start crocheting. I have been crocheting for 45 years and have crocheted everything from attire to curtains to toys, so I would describe myself as an experienced crocheter. When I pick a pattern, the last thing I think about is how the pattern was created. This book, though is meant to be read. Ms. Chan's manipulation of the yarn and patterns in order to adjust for size and drape is intuitive and impressive, and she has gone into a detailed description of her methods. I haven't finished reading, but so far I am finding it a little too confusing. For example, a glance at the patterns shows that I have to refer back to other parts of the book for instructions on the different motifs. Also, I feel I have seen the patterns before and do not find them that original. If you want insight into Ms Chan's creative mind or want to create your own patterns and need some inspiration, this book might be just what you need. If you want a more straightforward pattern book, you might want to look elsewhere.
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