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  • Series: Hip to . . . Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This colorful new book is anything but square." - Get Creative

"Knitwear designer and teacher Judith Swartz has filled this book with 23 fashion-focused garments and hip home accessories." - Simply Knitting

"Longtime standard favorites like granny squares...are used in a new and unexpected way. The colors used are fabulous." - The Carol Duvall Show on HGTV

About the Author

Judith L. Swartz is a designer for yarn companies, publishers, and private clients, as well as a knitting and crocheting teacher. She is the author of Dogs in Knits, Hip to Crochet, and Hip to Knit. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.


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Nothing else is hip, most are stodgy and boring.
Megan
I've talked to others who have bought this book and they've had the same trouble with the patterns I've tried thus far, and a couple of others in the book.
Annilita
I was extremely disappointed with this book, the patterns are ugly so don't waste your time or money.
JB

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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Annilita on January 9, 2005
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I first spotted this book in a local yarn shop, and dreamed about owning it for months before I finally picked it up with an Amazon gift certificate. Finally, a book with cool crochet patterns.

Well, don't waste your cash. I'm an advanced crocheter. I've never met a pattern I couldn't do. I check my gauge before I begin and everything. The problem is not that I don't know how to read a pattern. The problem is that at least 3 of her patterns are wrong. And not slightly wrong, we're talking wrong for several steps throughout the pattern. I've talked to others who have bought this book and they've had the same trouble with the patterns I've tried thus far, and a couple of others in the book. If you want to pick up the book to be inspired, go for it. But if you are looking for a book that will tell you how to make those hip, funky creations pictured, look elsewhere.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on June 2, 2005
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As advertised, this book does have hip projects. However, I felt the beginner section of "Hooked on Crochet" by Candi Jensen to be more helpful and easier to follow. This book's intro is more brief and I felt the diagrams were too small and not enough of them. I even found the notes on how to do finishing touches (such as curling tassles) to feel incomplete and inadequately diagramed. This is probably fine if you are early intermediate to advanced, but beginner be warned.

For those reviewers who have found mistakes in this book, the publisher posts corrections on their website. If you find others not listed, you should submit them so that they can be posted as well. The site is [...]
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on January 30, 2005
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HIP TO CROCHET by Judith Swartz includes funky hats and mittens and nifty scarves I might actually wear and many young people would probably love. It also includes items I will never make or wear such as a crocheted suit. A lightweight caplet suitable for a mild breeze on the deck of a winter cruise ship is appealing, especially as you could wear it like a sweater under your winter coat and/or stuff it in your suitcase without using too much space.

The book includes some basic instructions in the front, but you would be wise to purchase the CROCHET COMPANION by Nancy Brown if you want a more in-depth explanation of the various stitches used in the patterns presented in HIP TO CROCHET
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on May 2, 2006
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As a younger crochet fanatic (early 20s) I am always on the lookout for patterns that I, or people I know, would actually wear. This book does not have it! Mostly containing hats and scarves it is not a great source for patterns. Cuter items can be found for free on the web. In addition to the lack of "hip" ness, almost all the pattern examples are done in browns, tans, and orange colors making them even more unappealing and looking like something from the 70s. Overall the book seems to cry out "hippie" more than "hip". MANY better books are available out there and I strongly suggest picking out an alternative. I would suggest the "stitch & bitch" series for crocheting - Much Better book!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erin O. Smith on July 18, 2005
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I didn't find the designs in this book to be especially hip or exciting. They did nothing for me and were in fact kind of "same old, same old"... nothing new here.

That said, the book is well laid out and easy to read...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mia on November 22, 2005
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Well, I must first admit that it's a nice and well written book with some fun updated projects. However, it has mistakes that caused great confusion for me. I am a beginner, so I started with a simple hat following the instructions in the book. [...]

However, I have benefited from the book by learning from the mistakes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Annans on October 13, 2006
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I was dying to buy this book since it claims to have "Hip" crochet patterns. So I checked it out at my local library, which I try to do with every book before I buy and possibly regret the purchase. I'm beyond glad I checked it out because the patterns are definitely not hip. They could considered contemporary, but not trendy or hip. They remind me of early 90's or a throwback to the 70's styles and the yarn colors used seemed muted. Otherwise the book is still decent, but shouldn't be bought for the title alone.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Home Styler on September 1, 2004
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Having learned to crochet nearly 35 years ago, and having thrown crochet aside in favor of knitting for the last 10 years or so, I'm happy to see a book that offers cool patterns for those who like to crochet. I am making the block-on-block skirt for myself and the girly-girl capelet for my niece, and look forward to choosing more projects from this book. If you thought crochet was for geeks, this book may convince you to think otherwise.
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