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Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting (Teach Yourself Visually) Paperback – January 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (January 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764596411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764596414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Do you learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instructions? Then pick up some yarn and a hook and get crocheting! Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting shows you the basics—photo by photo and stitch by stitch. You begin with the basic tools and stitches and progress through variations, more complex stitches like Tunisian crochet, and techniques for reading patterns. With designs ranging from a simple but practical baby rattle to a cozy, fluffy cardigan, you'll be creating masterpieces in no time.

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

  • Each skill or techniqueis defined and described
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

About the Author

Kim P. Werker is the founder and editor of Crochet me Online Magazine (www.crochetme.com), where she publishes hip and funky patterns and articles by recreational and professional crochet designers and enthusiasts. After a couple of earlier flings, Kim got addicted to crochet in her mid-20s. She is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and The National NeedleArts Association, and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the craft as a creative, stimulating, and relaxing medium of expression. Her next book will be published in the spring of 2006, and she’s looking forward to more crochet-related endeavors in the future.
Originally from New York State, Kim now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and their dog. When she sets down her hook and pen, she can be found skiing, reading, buying magazines, kicking back with friends, or knitting.

Cecily Keim documents her adventures in life, crocheting, and other creative endeavors at SuchSweetHands.com.
Throughout her life, regardless of the type of study or type of job, making things has always fascinated Cecily. Her great grandmother, Mama Mac, taught her to crochet at age 9. Cecily is mesmerized by the endless possibilities of crochet and loves passing on the enthusiasm as a writer, designer, and teacher.
Cecily lives in Los Angeles, watches too much television and loves candy, her cats, and her boyfriend. She teaches crochet classes at Unwind. You can also find her demonstrating her designs on the DIY channel’s Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads.


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Customer Reviews

I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn the craft of crocheting.
Peggy Magrady
Just learned how to crochet & can look at the book if I have a question & get my answer.
Kathy Snyder
The pictures are clear & colorful, the instructions are very clear & easy to understand.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

202 of 204 people found the following review helpful By kaimarie on March 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was searching for a new hobby when I came across this book. I'd never picked up a crochet hook in my life, nor had I had any prior experience with the craft. I bought my yarn and a few hooks, sat down with this book, and within a few minutes had begun to learn the stitches, now... after only two weeks of learning from this book (although I think a person could sit down and learn the basic stitches in a couple of hours) I have begun my first project. My work looks very nice, I am comfortable with the stitches and methods I have learned and practiced through this book and I know that once I learn all of the methods in this book I'll be ready to tackle just about any project or pattern I come across. The pictures help a lot, and with each "lesson" a picture of a completed rectangle using the stitch you are learning, it is easy to compare your work and make sure you are doing the stitch right.

I have reccommended this book to anyone I know that is looking to learn to crochet!

It has some very nice patterns in it, it walks you through so many different stitches with pictures of all of them and at the end they have projects you can practice with. This book is easy to follow, comprehensive, and perfect for a beginner like me.
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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Amy O'Neill Houck on May 19, 2006
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This probably would be the one to get--it has the most comprehensive and easy to understand instructions of any guide I've seen. As a crochet teacher, I've watched students struggle with trying to reproduce what they see in the line drawings that are used in most instruction books. TYVC uses photographs which are well done and easy to follow and understand. Pretty much every aspect of crochet is discussed and cool patterns highlight the techniques your teaching yourself--I especially like the spiderwoman belt and the tunisian crochet tie.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Babs54 on January 9, 2006
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I'm a beginner crocheter and this book is one of the easier books to learn crocheting from. The instructions are easy to following. I like the pictures because they are easy to see the actual stitches and how they are suppose to look like. This book also includes patterns that I haven't seen in any other crochet book.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Carroll on May 18, 2006
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I learned to crochet as a child and was perfectly content to make blobby pieces of fabric to wrap around my dolls as avant-garde fashion. Later, as a teen, I wanted to learn more, and went through every book I could find in the public library and in the used bookstores. From multiple sources, I managed to learn what I wanted to learn.

This is the book I wished I could find back then, and the book I wished I had when I taught others to crochet. The step-by-step photos are nice and clear, the writing is uncomplicated, and all the basics are covered quickly in just two pages (no flipping back and forth in the book). When people tell me they want to learn to crochet, this is the book I recommend first. For so many people, it's much easier to learn visually!

In addition to the instructions, the patterns include the basics and are arranged so that you know what skills you need to make the finished item (the chapter on rectangles and what you can make with them is great!).

So why only 4 stars? It's a quibble that's not with the contents but with the binding. Getting the book to lay flat when open involves things like getting someone else to hold the book, weighing down pages and trying not to block out text or photos, or breaking the spine. While you can take the book to a print shop and have them do a spiral binding for you, it would be even nicer to be able to buy the book that way.

[full disclosure: my work has been published in Crochet me, the online magazine that is edited by Kim Werker. She has no idea that I'm writing this review. The only compensation I get for this is knowing that it's going to be easier for people to learn a craft that I love.]
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Lazaridou on July 11, 2007
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I've learned crochet from "Start Crochet / Crochet Basics" by Jan Eaton, a good illustrated book with clear instructions, but I've got bored within few months and stop crochet for more than a year. I decided to start again recently and bought this book. I was surprised after leafing through the pages; I didn't know that so many techniques exist!
I loved the way each technique and pattern is presented: clear step by step photos, pattern explained using crochet terminology and then in plain English. I finally understood the terminologies used in advanced books and on internet projects and now I can easily follow a pattern. Also I found out that I was doing crucial mistakes as result most of my projects weren't looking right as show in the final photos (one of the reasons I've got bored).
A great book for learning crochet but also to have it as a reference no matter at which stage you are.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Gage on May 7, 2007
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This discusses just about anything and everything you could want to know about crochet. Awesome book.

- Basic terminology

- Basic and advanced stitches

- Multiple finishing techniques

- How to read patterns!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Deb on November 30, 2008
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In Teach yourself visually crocheting. I feel they were showing people with some knowledge of crocheting anyway. If you are a novice like I am you need more angles shots of the stitches. Especially beginning and ending the rows.
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