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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale and Company (December 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564776204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564776204
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Home: London, England

Author Lesley Stanfield has worked for many years as a freelance designer of knitting and crochet. She has also worked as an editor for such magazines as Family Circle and Woman.

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The instructions are clear, and well written.
K. Schmoldt
I highly recommend this book, for beginners to learn the basic techiniques, and for more experienced people, for the excellent projects.
Kel O
I saw this book at my local craft store, and just had to have it.
Roseanne Miske

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kel O on January 10, 2007
I learned the basics of crocheting from this book. The book starts with basic crochet stitches that one can practice before starting projects. The following chapters go in order of the easiest stitch to the hardest stitch. So the first chapter includes several projects that utilize the single crochet stitch, the second chapter has several that use the double crochet stitch, and so on. I was able to make a hat for my 1 year old son in a day from the first chapter.

There are many cute projects in this book. The instructions are clearly written and there are plenty of color pictures to help along the way. In addition, the front and back flaps of the book list out the basics of crocheting, as a quick reference.

I highly recommend this book, for beginners to learn the basic techiniques, and for more experienced people, for the excellent projects.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Schmoldt on September 30, 2006
I can't believe no one has reviewed this book yet. It's fantastic. The projects are great, and very cute. There are tons of very nice, professional pictures throughout the book to show you what your project is supposed to look like at various stages. The instructions are clear, and well written. I really can't say enough about this book. I am not a very experienced crocheter, so this book was perfect for me. I also love the other book in this series, "First Knits", and I highly recommend that as well. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the fact that the yarns the book calls for are a little obscure here in the US (the book is British in origin ) however, there's always the internet as a means of getting the yarn, and I've had no problem finding appropriate substitutions. Definitely recomended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2007
I have tried out many books on beginning crochet and this is the best, most user friendly book I have ever owned. I absolutely love it, the patterns are modern and easy. If you go pattern to pattern, they slowly rise in difficulty, I love that feature. Also the how-to in the beginning has excellent illustrations for learning new stiches. If you are learning to crochet I recommend this book 100%!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne Miske VINE VOICE on July 3, 2007
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I saw this book at my local craft store, and just had to have it. So I rushed to Amazon to order it.
I am pretty new to crochet, so I was looking for quick easy projects with great instructions, and this is it! Each project has how-to photos with step by step instructions---awesome for the beginner.

The projects are:
Loop flower
tasseled hat
storage bag (very cute!)
clothes hanger
striped cushion
belt
striped scarf
pillow
baby's garland with teddy bears
hippy handbag
slot-thru scarf
hat with brim
pet ball
rose
zigzag hat
baby booties
string bag
ribbed pillow
clothes cover
bath math
baby blanket
ruffled scarf
frilly bag
retro throw

MOst of the projects use Debbie Bliss and Jaegar yarns but can easily be substituted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 2th Fairy on July 8, 2011
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I've crocheted a long time, and my daughter is at that age of wanting to take after me. She'd been after me for a beginner's book, so I gambled on this one--and it has paid off.

I have two suggestions for improvements:

(1) Since it's "First Crochet", how about target younger readers?
(2) Go for spiral bound on the next edition. It's more conducive to following step-by-step directions---an ESSENTIAL for all crocheters, especially beginners. Beginning anything can be frustrating. It's new, it's hard, it's time-consuming - but then your guide keeps closing on you...and the frustration builds.

Otherwise--it's a great book for newbies and oldies. Oldies know we still need to practice the basics, and there always seems to be another basic to learn.
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