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About the Author

Mary Jane Hall is a self-proclaimed crochet fanatic. She shares her passion for crochet by teaching and creating original crochet designs. Her designs have appeared in countless magazines, books and calendars, and the Crochet Guild of America recently named her "Professional Crochet Designer." In addition, she manages a "free" clothing store, United Voluntary Services, in her community.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (August 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I, Mary Jane Hall, was born in Texas and lived all over the deep south while growing up. I was a very shy child, but always loved to make things. My younger sister had a Barbie doll and at 12 yrs old I started making handmade dresses for her doll without using a pattern. I learned to crochet while I was in college, and just loved it! Over the yrs I crocheted only things such as scarves & hats, and occasionally I would make a baby layette for a baby shower.

Always using other people's patterns, I never tried to create my own. I started designing here in Ohio (2004) to help young girls in my church have easy beginner patterns to make stylish crochet, but I never even had a dream of being a professional designer, much less author books on crochet!

I give God the credit for leading me this way and helping to show me that I had talents in this field. I wanted to make money at home someway and this is the ideal job for me! I not only write & design for my own crochet books, but also have published designs in popular crochet magazines. It can be stressful at times with those dreadful deadlines, but it is SO much fun and I'll never run out of ideas! Looking forward to doing another book soon! Thanks to all the people who have supported me and bought my books over the years! I'm truly grateful for you!

Please contact me if you have any questions. Mary Jane

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115 of 115 people found the following review helpful By J on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
On the whole, this is a good book. It has some great ideas and many beautiful patterns. I can't say I love everything in this book, but, overall, the patterns here are are ones I can see myself wearing and using on a regular basis. Some of the patterns I will modify, most I look forward to making, and others I won't make at all, just as with every crochet pattern book I have come across. The difference, here, though, is that the majority (somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4) of the patterns I actually liked a great deal.

The book is organized very well. Each pattern has a difficulty level, a list of sizes given, and a yarn weight symbol next to the picture. The materials lists everything needed, including a reference to the yarn used for the model shown, as well as the occasional advice for a good substitution. The instructions are well-written and concise. On the more difficult or lengthy patterns, there is usually a hint or two provided in the margins.

The patterns are listed as beginner, advanced beginner or intermediate level. There are no expert or experienced level patterns, although nearly all of the patterns will keep the crocheter intrigued and having fun. Most of the patterns can be completed within a few days or a couple of weeks.

A quick run-down of patterns:
20 are beginner level
16 are advanced beginner level
14 are intermediate level
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11 women's tops (shrugs, boleros, sweaters, etc)
1 little girl's outfit
1 capelet
1 wristwarmers
1 skirt overlay
1 mary jane slippers
11 scarves
3 hats
1 hat/scarf
2 belts
4 bracelets
2 rings
3 necklaces
1 watch
1 keychain
5 bags
1 iPod cozy
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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Anita A. Badger on September 11, 2007
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I have to say up front, I've crocheted for about 35 years and knit for about 7 years. I learned to knit because I just didn't like the crochet patterns and yarns being offered to crocheters; knitters are offered better patterns, better yarns, and a better, nicer attitude from yarn shop owners, as far as my experience is concerned. I am a certified knitaholic at this point.

Mary Jane Hall's Postively Crochet! book pleasantly surprised me, so much so that I searched all the Yahoo crochet groups I'm on to find her name so I could contact her directly about it. This book might actually might make me put my knitting down long enough to actually crochet one of these projects, and that is saying something...LOL I've rarely put my knitting needles down long enough to work or eat since I've learned to knit.

As it is unusual for me to get excited about crochet patterns these days, this book has impressed me to the point that I have opted to write my first review of anything here on Amazon.

There is a nice variety of projects in it, shrugs, sweaters, scarves, hats, purses, some jewelry (wire and otherwise), and even some felted projects. They are pictured very well, and it shows the yarn size required, so you can substitute if needed. Special stitches are described and helpful hints can be found throughout this book. Diagrams are provided if needed.

I don't see anything in its' wording that gives me any negative impression at all. I think the words of encouragement given frequently throughout the book give it a unique "personality", most books just give you hook size used, yarn used, row 1, row 2 etc. and no more, but this book gives a little more than that, take what you can from that "extra bit" or leave it as you please.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jamie V on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you like to crochet and if you like to be fashionable and consider yourself hip or even just classy,then this book is one to add to your collection. It has patterns in it for all ages but is especially attractive for teens and younger ladies (20's & 30's, 40's)(as well as the older ladies who are young at heart!)
There is not a single bad design in this book. My favorite designs are her purses. They are unique and some of the cutest purses I have ever seen. There is a felted purse in here that is to die for. There are 13 garments in this book (sweaters, tops and shrug type of patterns) and in addition to those there are hats, purses, belts and some jewelry. And a darling 2 pc outfit for a small child. But if you are into purses, this book alone is amazing with just the purses.
And the positive comments throughout the book is an added bonus! Its about time to see something like this on the shelves. If you dont particularly care to read positive or encouraging things, well, your loss, but you still get the benefit of the chic patterns...Don't miss this one.
I am waiting for Positively Crochet II:)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Lee on October 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm pretty picky when it comes to patterns for crocheted garments...I don't like boxy, unflattering sweaters, and for a while I thought those were my only options. "Positively Crochet" showed me otherwise -- the book is full of gorgeous, stylish patterns that I can actually see myself wearing (gasp!). :)

There are a lot of patterns ranging from accessories to full-blown sweaters, so even if you're not crazy about one, chances are you'll find something you like. Now, I'd recommend having a handle on the basic stitches -- chain, single, double, slip -- before picking up this book. But that aside, you shouldn't have any problem understanding the patterns. I found that they are clearly written and easy to understand. (Plus, there's a handy-dandy list of pattern abbreviations in the front, just in case you get confused!)

Another really cool thing about this book are the uplifting messages that come with each pattern. These "Words of Encouragement," as they are called, offer inspirational tips and calming words for the reader. I tend to crochet in order to de-stress anyway, so I found the "Words of Encouragement" tidbits particularly heartening.

One other thing that I really appreciated -- and it's a minor thing, but really helpful for me -- was that Mary Jane Hall gives suggestions for inexpensive yarns to use. I am cheap and have no problem whatsoever buying Caron Simply Soft for my garments, for example, instead of some super-expensive alpaca/cashmere/gold bullion blend that costs a dollar a yard. And it's a pain in the behind to figure out the proper substitution when that super-expensive yarn is the kind used in the pattern...I always end up forgetting to carry a 2 or something.
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