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Crochet-opedia: The Only Crochet Reference You'll Ever Need
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
My standards are probably higher than most people's as I've been crocheting for more than 44 years and I'm selective about adding a book to my library. My low rating is a criticism of the book's cover claim and a few of its unfulfilled implied promises.
Several projects are prominently displayed on the front and back cover (two are repeated within) and within. I find it highly disappointing that there are no references for patterns for these- in this volume or at other locations. This can't be for lack of space as some items are fully explained twice: ruffled and shell edging fto name just two.

Missing are directions for 2 different flowers, each with large pictures on the cover and inside pages(26, 66), 2 sets of booties(60,72), a large motif (80), and a jacket and skirt outfit (25).

Using the book would be easier, especially for beginners, if there was some cross-referencing; for example, Cobble stitch is explained on page 45, but there is no photo of the stich until the Stitch Directory at the end of the book.

What I liked: the spiral binding (his book is made to last), the photo project directory, the range of projects: simple/intermediate/advanced, projects using a range of fiber weights and uses, projects for Broomstick, Hairpin, Tunisian.

Could author Julie Oparka, project editors Hissey and Brook, and editing director Gregory done a better job of working together on this book?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
Whether you're new to crocheting or just need to brush up on a few things, this book certainly has it all covered.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
I must agree with one of the other reviewers that this book is not all what it seems to be. I was very excited to see all of the details for many stitches, along with instructions for making socks - something I have been intending to do but have never learned. I tried this sock pattern at least 10 times and never could get it right. I completely disagree with the author that this is "a fun introduction to sock making." The pattern is confusing and doesn't make simple suggestions like adding another stitch marker in round 2 of the instep. I gave up.

I also agree that this book would be SO much better with some editing. For example, in that sock pattern, it lists a stitch called "esc" or extended crochet stitch. Nowhere in this pattern does it describe this stitch, and even more frustrating, the stitch is not listed in the index or in the stitch directory at the back of the book! I finally found it on page 138, almost 30 pages back, and then only as a passing mention in another pattern. Not even in bold print or highlighted. The only reason I found it at all was bold determination.

For another pattern, the Beanie Hat on page 104, it is listed as being an easy project. It asks you to do a half-post double crochet stitch in the edging. I flipped to the stitch dictionary for instructions on this, but found the description very lacking. I had to look up how to do it on youtube. I was also very excited to see a topic on Intarsia, since I have wanted to learn that as well. Another disappointing explanation. Not enough detail!

In other words, I would definitely pass on this book if you are new to crochet. But then again, if you have been doing crochet for years, why would you need it? I have been crocheting for 2 years, and found it lacking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
I received this book on time, great packaging and briefly reviewed some of the content. It is clear and concise, plus the added bonus of stitches I (a highly experienced crocheter) that I didn't even know existed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
This is the best crochet book out there. I have purchased other ones but they don't compare to this one. This book has everything that you need to know about crocheting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2013
This book would be good for beginners, it has all that someone would need to know about crochet. It is well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is well organized, clear, and concise. Lots of information is between its covers. It will be an excellent reference book when designing my own projects. Am very glad to add it to my library.
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on September 14, 2013
This book is very clear in it's directions and the illustrations are very nice. The spiral binding makes it very easy to hold your place and work at the same time. Great addition to any crochet library.
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on July 28, 2013
Fun and understandable. Well put together, clearly written and illustrated with great projects that inspire and motivate the reader to develop their skill level.
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on February 9, 2015
Great book at a great price. Love the spiral binding. Lots of projects, clear instructions. The illustrations and photos make following a pattern super easy.
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