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Product Details

  • Series: Donna Kooler's Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc.; 1st edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574862820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574862829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Produced by the Kooler Design Studio, this authoritative encyclopedia of crochet credits a number of well-known designers and writers in the field for its contents, including Nancy Nehring, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Melissa Leapman, Ann E. Smith, and Kathleen Power Johnson. It includes a beautifully illustrated and footnoted history of crochet, instruction in basic crochet techniques for both left- and right-handed learners, detailed information on the abbreviations and chart symbols used in crochet patterns, instruction in specialty and thread crochet techniques, a selection of illustrative projects for crocheters with beginner to advanced skills, and a crochet pattern gallery. The gorgeous, elaborately detailed "Philosopher's Coat" pattern for advanced crocheters shows the art of crochet at its best, while the information included on wire crochet and crocheting socks is difficult to find in other crochet handbooks. Essential for public library crochet collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Donna Kooler is the founder of Kooler Design Studio, which is now led by her daughter Basha Kooler as president.

Customer Reviews

This is about the best book of crochet I've seen!
M. Tierney
For learning the stitches, the diagrams are very well illustrated and clear to read.
K. Mitchell
Highly recommend this book to the beginner as well as experienced crocheter.
D. Morrissey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By V. Hannaford on March 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been crocheting for over 30 years and have tons of books and patterns, but this book is one of the best I've seen. It is useful for someone who has never picked up a hook to an advanced crocheter who wants to pick up a new technique, project, or pattern.
Fist of all, it covers the basics--the history of crochet, how to crochet, stitches, yarns, threads, and needles. It also covers different techniques--filet crochet, Tunisian crochet, changing colors, wire crochet, bead crochet...etc.
The instructions are clear. I like that there are international symbols too. Also, the instructions of basic stitches and techniques are shown for left and right-handed crocheters.
There are lots of neat projects from baby blankets, to a challenging "Philosopher's Coat". Also, there is a pattern directory. I love the pineapple and strawberry patterns!
Also, it is a gorgeous book. It has a clean design and is a nice size and length--makes a nice coffee table book. The projects are modern and beautiful, and the photography is lovely.
I plan to make a pineapple afghan and try my hand at some bead crochet. Maybe one day, I'll try my hand at that "Philosopher's Coat".
There is so much information and instruction for just about anyone to improve their skills as a crocheter or to get started. It is a guide that I know I'll refer to often.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Trish VINE VOICE on February 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Once you open this book you won't want to put it down. There are so many hints and beautiful patterns. The author includes very useful illustrations and instructions for the beginner, and many useful stitch patterns (insertions, edgings, textured stitches, filet crochet, etc) so that the more seasoned crocheter can add a few new tricks to her/his bag!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Tunney on October 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a really good crochet book with very clear instructions for both LEFT AND RIGHT hand crocheters. It has an inspiring number of old and new pattern stitches and some interesting projects (cute little fine yarn anklets & a multi, multi-stitch philosopher's coat). Love it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for beginners, and those interested in doing more on their own. I recommend this book to anyone who has just picked up crocheting. The directions are easy to understand and THOROUGHLY illustrated (a huge plus). The book also has a nice array of projects, but is more oriented as a reference, not a book of projects.
The section on different patterns is what I use most...again, thoroughly illustrated and photographed. Thanks to this book, I am making my own designs now instead of buying patterns from the store. There is also a great selection of trim/edging patterns, so you can add something special to an existing item, or add on to a current project.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I only wish there were more Donna Kooler projects for crochet available in stores (they all seem to focus on her needlepoint projects). I can't wait for her Knitting Encyclopedia to come out -- it's already on my wish list!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Crochet Queen on November 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I wasn't too impressed by the projects, but the Pattern(aka stitch)gallery is well worth the price of the book. I have several crochet stitch books, you know like "300 crochet stitches". But this one had patterns that I'd never seen before and frankly were much more intriguing and beautiful than any I've seen elsewhere. Get this book for the stitch gallery, and make your own one-of-a-kind afghans!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stef Maruch on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a beginning-to-intermediate crocheter (been at it about a year). This book has loads of basic information and several complete projects (graded by difficulty level). It's also lavishly photographed and illustrated! Several features of this book stand out in my mind: the excellent "history of crochet" chapter, the gorgeous Philosopher's Coat pattern, the chapters on beaded crochet and wire crochet, the step by step instructions for basic crochet skills with diagrams for right and left handed people (I wish I'd had these when I was struggling to learn the basic stitches!). Like other crochet references I've seen, it includes information about types of yarn and tools, a full collection of basic patterns, and comprehensive chapters on lace, Tunisian crochet, and Irish crochet.
The beaded crochet section seemed a bit difficult to understand at times, and I wish that the key to abbreviations appeared at the front or back of the book rather than somewhere in the middle (where it was harder to find when needed). I also wish the text instructions used fewer abbreviations (the abbreviations are for saving space, but you don't really need to save that much space in a full length book) and/or included a key to the abbreviations on the pattern page.
(Edited 09/11/03)
Donna Kooler was kind enough to write to me and point out that there IS a key to abbreviations on the inside front and back covers of the book. How silly of me not to notice!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CrochetQueen on November 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting for a crochet book that deals with colors and this is certainly it. I found this book easy to understand and did I mention the COLORS, hehehehe. Instructions for the right and left handed. Bravo Ms Donna Kooler on a job well done. Thank You.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
What a fabulous book. The instructions for indiviual stitches is the best I have ever seen. Clearly worded and accompanied by drawings for both right and left-handed crocheters. It also has 21 projects to test out what you've learned. I really, really, really want to make the Philosopher's Coat. I was completely unsure about using charted designs, but this book explains those as well, and gives you lots of examples. A truly inspirational book. Becareful however, it may spawn a yarn buying spree that might get you in trouble!
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