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A crocheter's MUST have
on November 4, 2010
I have been crocheting since I was in my 20's which means for the past 40 years! Give me a crochet pattern and I'm a happy camper so when I saw A TO Z OF CROCHET, I was in heaven. All the stitches you can think of in one place. No more hunting for the directions for a particular stitch pattern.
Better yet, as I began reading the book, I was reminded of Broomstick Lace. I could remember making it as a young mother but couldn't remember how other than I needed a crochet hook and a VERY large "broomstick" (or in today's world - a large knitting needle). I looked through the table of contents immediately and there was the needed reminder I was looking for to make the lace. While it isn't really lace in the sense of being delicate, it is really a beautiful pattern.
Anyway, the book contains information on types of yarns, hooks, gauge, how to read patterns and charts and other equipment you might need. The next section is all about getting started - how to hold the yarn and hook and beginning, ending and joining yarn.
Next comes a section full of various types of crochet stitches and more stitches and MORE stitches. If you want to make it in crochet, you should be able to find the stitch there. The next section is where I found the Broomstick Lace pattern and the Entrelac pattern, yet another I had forgotten about over the years.
The final two sections are about adding embellishments and the final joining and blocking of pieces. One last feature of the book is that the front and back covers each have a "bookmark" flap which is very useful when you can finish a project in one sitting.