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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Revised edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312353545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312353544
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maggie Righetti, a certified knitting and crochet instructor, is the author of Knitting in Plain English and Sweater Design in Plain English. She lives in Southern California.

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Easy to read, clearly explained and above all, very thorough.
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I originally found this book and the public library and found it so helpful that I purchased it.
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I really like the way Maggie explains things in plain English.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2011
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"Crocheting in Plain English" gives in-depth instruction on how to crochet. The author assumes you're an absolute beginner, but this book is also useful for beginners in general and people who have taught themselves to crochet.

Actually, this book almost has too much information for the absolute beginner. When I read the first few chapters, I had never bought yarn or any of the equipment. I was hoping to save time and money by getting it right the first time. I was almost overwhelmed by the depth of information she gave. Yet she sometimes didn't give enough information when I really wanted more (like she said she found one general type of hook better than another, but she didn't really say why). After working with several types of yarns and hooks, I understood that whole section, but it wasn't clear until then. And I did end up having to buy another set of hooks (Susan Bates hooks) to replace the Boye hooks I'd initially bought.

I also found it a bit ironic that she (very poetically) stated that you must hold the hook and yarn in a certain way--and I already knew from watching a few YouTube videos that not everyone did it that way--yet later, when teaching stitches, she was very "do whatever works for you" in attitude.

Overall, though, I found this book to be very useful and instructive. I think it's main strengths are teaching you to read patterns, teaching you to understand how various "fancy stitches" are put together so you can "mix and match" to make your own, and helping you understand how to create your own project patterns.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Rubenstein on August 22, 2010
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I hadn't crocheted since I was a kid (20 yrs ago) when I bought this book and a couple others. I was pregnant and wanted to pick up the hook again and do some things for the baby. THIS WAS ALL I NEEDED! It explained everything, from how to tie the first knot, to how to finish off the hanging threads.

This is a great book that lays the ground-work for the theories behind any pattern. She teaches the basic stitches, how to read a pattern, how to adjust for size, how to pick yarn and hooks. Once she's gone over the basics, she teaches you how to 'mess around' and improvise, which is just how many of the 'fancy' stitches came to be. I found the black and white illustrations to be more helpful that photos used in other books. This is not a glossy papered fashion spread of crochet, but a down to earth simple explanation of the basics that lay the groundwork for all crochet.

Encouraging improvisation and creativity runs throughout the book. After working the baby sweater pattern from the book, I was able to change it up and make it my own in subsequent sweaters, even use it as a basis for other garments for older children.

I now have many books in my crochet library, but this is the one I come back to again and again. As I said, I loved this book so much that I bought it 3 times: the binding on the first one gave out, because I just used it so much (it was not the fault of the binding), so I bought another one. When this updated edition came out I had to have it again, if only to support the woman who gave me so much joy in my rediscovering crochet.

This is the perfect book for those, like me, wanting to brush up on the basics, or for people just starting out. I HIGHLY recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Sanders on February 7, 2010
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I have owned the earlier version of this book for several years, and recently bought the new one (I don't find a lot of difference in the two). I have to say, if I could only own ONE crochet book, this would be it. It is wonderful, and is indeed in "plain English".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Nichols on May 4, 2011
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Long ago, Maggie taught me how to knit with her book "Knitting in Plain English" which I highly recommend to those who want to learn to knit. And I have never stopped knitting because I learned the joy along with the method of knitting. Now she has taught me how to crochet with "Crocheting in Plain English" and I couldn't be more pleased.

I like the pictures in this book which are drawn for more clarity that go so well with the words. The plain language that Maggie uses to describe the movements, the way to hold the hook and yarn, and the look of stitches properly made demystified this art form for me. I have always been baffled by the methods of crochet - it looked like so many swoops and dives and randomness turned into beautiful fabric, which meant to me that magic must have been involved ;^) But not any more. I know just how to hold that hook so that I can make it swoop and dive, just where to put the hook to make the various stitches, and how to increase and decrease the number of stitches on a row. I can crochet in the round. I can follow a pattern. I can even figure out where the typos are in a pattern, which brings me to the only negative in the book and the reason for 4, rather than 5, stars: the sweater pattern in the projects section must have at least a couple of errors - not so many that a beginner like me can't find them and guess at what to do, but still... there they are.

I haven't read the entire thing yet - there's still the matter of trying out all the pattern stitches =) and going back to the beginning to find out if there are any differences in the section on yarns from the knitting book (which I did read), but I can crochet!
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