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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 2 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470879971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470879979
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Looking for a visual way to get hooked on crochet? Look no further. If you yearn for the skills to practice this timeless craft, this easy-to-follow guide is for you! With new patterns and even more techniques explained step by step, this updated edition is your go-to guide for learning how to crochet. Packed with tons of visual instruction and fun, innovative patterns, it gives you the tools you need to create one-of-a-kind crochet projects that will add handmade flair to your home and wardrobe.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill or technique is defined and described

  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo

  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step

  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

About the Author

CECILY KEIM is a crocheter, knitter, and pattern designer whose designs have been featured on the DIY channel's Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads. KIM P. WERKER is the former editor of Interweave Crochet and founder of the Web site Crochet Me.


More About the Author

Kim Werker is a writer and freelance editor who tries to make something - anything - every day. Many of those things are awful; some are not. She runs a project called Mighty Ugly, leading workshops and lecture-conversations to help people embrace the hard parts of creativity so they can have more fun making stuff and trying new things. Her newest book is Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty. Kim is the founder of CrochetMe.com and was the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine from 2006-2008. She has written or co-authored six crochet books including Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution and Crochet Visual Quick Tips. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Kim lives in Vancouver, BC, with her partner, their son and their mutt.

Customer Reviews

The pictures are clear and the directions are easy to understand.
TMBjunior
I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn to crochet.
K. M. Thompson
I have just started going through the book and can't wait to do more!
pulsar1976

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By JAScribbles - Read, Review, Repeat on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
While this is a fine book, I don't think it great for beginners or *step-by-step* at all. Yes there are A LOT of stitch and easy pattern ideas provided, but I don't like the way the diagrams are shown or explained.

My suggestion is to buy the 63 Easy-to-Crochet Pattern Stitches (Leisure Arts #555) and 63 More Easy-To-Crochet Pattern Stitches (Leisure Arts #2146) pamphlets first. These have great drawings and detailed stitch instructions. These booklets give quick, easy instructions on the various stitches - SC, DC, HDC, TR, etc. and then 63 basic patterns that allow the new crafter to practice. It's simple and to the point and better then the VISUALLY book.

A final issue with Teach Yourself Visually Crochet - the paperback is on the small side and does not lie flat. It actually is quite stiff and holding it open with two hands is tough. Have you read novels that are so tight that you struggle all the way through them? This book is the same. In order to use it hands free you will need to break the binding. Not good. A spiral edge would have fixed that.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By C Chapman on January 5, 2012
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I bought this book because I have no experience crocheting and I wanted to learn how. I am really disappointed with the book. It really glosses over some of the more difficult key points, such as the transition between finishing a row and starting another. It will give you one picture and a brief description to go with it. What is really needed at this point are a number of pictures, or at least some diagrams. I can't even complete the first series of stitches in this book. From now on I will go to the library and check books out before buying.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sftblmem on June 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I started crocheting only in December. A YouTube video showed me how. But, i am a visual learner and also have to have a guide next to me so I rummaged through the books at the local bookstore and found Teach Yourself Visually Crochet. What an unparalleled resource! I refer back to it time and again for clarification. It explains the basics, crocheting in the round, and important finishing techniques such as edgings and how make buttonholes. Since I started making hats, I have found the reference to increasing and shaping to be most helpful. There is even a chapter on Amigurumi, which I am heading onto next. The pictures are amazing. They show samples of what the stitch looks like, as well as, step-by-step photos. Have trouble reading a pattern? There is an explanation on that too! I have several books on crochet and this, by far, is the most comprehensive. Excellent resource!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 20, 2012
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I am a little more advanced than a beginner - I started out using YouTube vidoes, and then checked this book out from the library to try out some patterns for granny patches. The 2 patterns that I have tried to use from this book just do NOT work. The one granny patch was so lumpy and deformed from trying to fit too many stitches into too small a space that I ended up completely redoing the work with fewer stitches and guessing along the way as to what would work.
The next patch I tried required creating a ring using a loop. The instructions for creating the ring are very poorly written, the pictures don't match what the instructions say, and they completely skip the critical points in chaining onto the loop. I returned to YouTube for some videos, and the methods I found look nothing like what this book shows.
I won't bother to attempt to use this book for anything else.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Meagain on December 27, 2011
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I think this book needed to be more inclusive with their visuals. I wasn't doing the stitching right until my grandma showed me how to do it right. I doubt i would have been able to learn just from this book. It jumps around a lot too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TMBjunior on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I wanted to learn how to crochet and attemped to start with learning from my boyfriends grandma who has been doing it for 70+ years. When I didn't have her around, I kept finding myself lost, needing to know simple basics and constantly asking myself "is this right?". I went out looking for a book to help me. After searching many books and thinking I'll never be able to do this, I found this book. The pictures are clear and the directions are easy to understand. They use a yarn in the pictures that is more like a rope, so it's easy to see what they are describing. They teach you many stitches and have lots of projects. It teaches you everything you need to know- how to know what hook to use, how to care for the yarn, how to create a ball of yarn, how to read a yarn package, how to read patterns and so much more I never even thought I'd need to know. I have had the book for two weeks now and I have completed 3 projects. I have filled my book with bookmarks so I can easily flip back and forth for quick reference. This book has given me great confidence and beautiful results. I would absolutly reccomend this book to anyone wanting to learn this wonderful craft!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cherylin Anderson on February 28, 2013
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I found this book when looking for a gift for a friend wanting to crochet - and ending getting two, so that I could keep one for myself. I have just begun to learn how to crochet and this is my "go-to" book. I like the fact that it has lots of pictures to show how something is done. A picture is definitely worth a thousand words in this book. I've had this book for about a month now, along with a couple of other books, and this is by far, the best one. I do use other tools as well, such as video and a few web sites for crochet.

The only thing I can find in the "con" side is the size - it is a fairly large book and wouldn't be convenient to slip into a bag to tote with a project. However, that is such a small concern, given the wealth of information in it. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to learn how to crochet the basics, as well as going on beyond beginner skills. I think I will be using this book as a reference for quite some time as I try new techniques or stitches.
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