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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400050790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400050796
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simple Crochet brings a modern twist to a traditional craft. Using a stunning range of natural materials—some unexpected—Erika Knight shows how to produce 20 elegant pieces for the home, ranging from cushions, throws and slippers, to boxes and baskets. What is more, you need no previous experience! Simple Crochet uses only a couple of basic stitches and step-by-step instructions give you all the know-how you need to master them. The appealing and original designs are worked in a contemporary color palette based on neutrals with touches of vibrant color, and will fit easily into modern interiors as well as more traditional ones. Simple Crochet is a must for anyone who wants to use their creativity to make simple but beautiful textiles for their home.

About the Author

ERIKA KNIGHT is an internationally renowned textile designer and fashion consultant. Her highly acclaimed knitting books, Simple Knits for Easy Living and Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, have earned her an enthusiastic following. She trained in Fine Art in Brighton, England, and has worked as a design consultant for a number of leading fashion companies and retailers in the U.K. and America.

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I love Erika Knight.
Janet L Barker
Nearly every project is something I actually want to make and use or give as gifts--which can't be said for a lot of other crochet books I have looked at!
C. Walz
The instructions are very easy to follow, in my opinion and the photographs showing how to do simple stitches are extremely clear.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Trish VINE VOICE on November 19, 2003
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Although the word "Simple" is used in the title of this book, it is also quite inspiring. I am quite a hoarder of books and patterns and sometimes (okay often) buy books to drool over other crocheter's art.
I've actually been inspired to try different mediums by this book. I"ve made two projects because of the use of different materials, textures, and modern colors. The items are also very decorative and useful.
Beginning crocheter's will find a project in this book that they can actually complete and more advanced crocheters will find that the materials used and colors will be worth adding this book to your collection..loved it!!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By K. Kasabian VINE VOICE on February 7, 2005
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As an art director, I appreciate (and was drawn to) the cover, which accurately represents an entire book of beautiful, simple projects. The author obviously has an eye for color and cleverly showcases her finished pieces using an appealing palette of neutrals, offset by brighter pinks, oranges and greens. It's lovely eye candy and an inspiration for those seeking help breaking out of the 1970s color box.

There are also many patterns that use not just yarn, but raffia, material, leather, etc., something I hadn't considered before and have used as inspiration.

I was a little disappointed, though, that the aesthetic photos of finished projects aren't supplemented with a more functional picture that shows the piece in its entirety, especially the four throws.

There are 10 pages devoted to learning all the stitches used in the book. While the accompanying photos are helpful and clear, I don't think it's comprehensive enough for the complete beginner, especially the instructions for crocheting in rounds. I've found much better instruction in Leisure Arts' 10-20-30 Minutes To Learn To Crochet ($8.95).

One reviewer had mentioned she was looking for more beautiful projects like the ones featured in Simple Crochet. Candi Jensen has a few books that also help to bring crochet into the 21st century...check out Candy Blankies and Hip to Crochet.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Crawford on March 25, 2005
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This book checks all the boxes when it comes to doing something different in crocheting. I'm not a fan of dust-catchers, or anything twee. And I'm shipping to Australia so its got to be worth it.

You can get squares a dime-a-dozen, but interesting, tasteful and useful items for age-old activities can be hard to come by. This book's range of projects would fit into most shabby-chic, country or Ikea decorated homes and are fairly straightforward to undertake.

The only annoyance I have with the book, which is shared with many other publications, is that the images of the finished products are often photographed 'artistically' at the expense of giving a clear idea of what you're supposed to end up with. :|

Otherwise, I'm going to be using this as my source book for a few more projects yet - if I could afford all the materials, and had the time, I'd be making at least 11 of the 20 projects (and have made the slippers, yum), which is a good ratio for the cost.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K on October 16, 2004
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Wanna crochet things that don't belong in the 70's? Get this book. Usable,classic styles,no brady bunch stuff!! The projects are: round pillow(made with string),chevron pillow,floor pillow (made with leather string),textured pillow,filet pillow. A pieced,a textured and a stripy throw. Modern afghan and a rag rug. Boxes and bottle covers (made with string). Bag made with plastic string. Basket made with leather string. Turkish slippers as seen on cover (very easy). Cafe cover,tea cozy. Towel edgings. Raffia table mats. A table runner made with string. I would not say this book is for very beginners but after getting a couple of pot holders and a scarf under your belt,go for it!! Don't let the leather and string stuff scare you off, it's the same old crochet stitchs. Yarn could be used insted. Hooked on Crochet by Candi Jensen has some modern projects with clothing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
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I'm not a fan of the slippers pictured on the cover, but as soon as I looked inside, I knew I had to have this book! It's chock full of hip projects using non-traditional materials like kitchen twine, raffia, and leather. This is not your grandmother's crochet book! I encourage anyone who is sick of wading through out-dated, cheesy patterns to check out this book. Most of the projects are made from simple stitches like single and double crochet, and they are very adaptable. Most of them don't even require a gauge swatch. I won't be running out of projects or ideas for quite a while.
I didn't give it 5 stars because the instructions could've been a little better. First-timers may need some supplemental explanation from other sources.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2003
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A wonderful display of color and simplicity. I ordered this book even though I have been crocheting for years and still was inspired and learned something (especially about crocheting with leather cord).
I only hope she continues to write more of these books. The color combinations and photography are enough to inspire anyone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "robinscpa" on February 6, 2004
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I am a self taught beginner. I only know one stitch - the single crochet. This book allowed to me make wonderful things with this one stitch. The projects were quick and were kept exciting by using various materials other than plain old yarn. The directions were very easy to follow. It's the only book I'm using now. Fabulous ideas! I not only was not interested in making blankets - but I didn't want to have to learn a bunch of new stitches and didn't want to follow complex directions. This book is the only and best beginning crochet book out there! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!
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