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About the Author

Nancy Queen is one of the Chicks with Sticks, the creators of a popular line of knitting and crochet patterns sold in yarn shops. A popular designer and instructor, she is the author of Crochet for Tots.

Mary Ellen O’Connell, the other Chick, is a lifelong knitter who creates knitting patterns for her own line, Meo Designs, as well as for the Chicks with Sticks.

Both Chicks live near Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chicks with Sticks
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082300676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823006762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Queen is a fashion merchandiser turned garment designer whose work has been featured in national magazines including Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits. She is the owner of NobleKnits, a company with patterns available across the U.S. Nancy also sells her kits on QVC.

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Laura C. O'Neal on May 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I saw this book on Amazon, and thought it looked interesting, but I prefer to check crochet books out of the library first, to preview them before I buy them. I got this book from the library today, and after looking through it, I must say that I love it! So many crochet books claim to have trendy or up to date patterns, but don't actually deliver. This book does. The patterns are cute, fresh and fun, but not so overly trendy as to look ridiculous.

I consider myself an advanced beginner crocheter (I've been crocheting for a year), and have been wanting to branch out into garments, but have had such a hard time finding easy, but still stylish crochet garment patterns. 99% of the patterns in this book are rated for beginner or advanced beginner crocheters, and I was pleased to see that there quite a few garment patterns.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Luvtostitch on November 26, 2008
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I was interested in buying this book for the hoodie pattern but when I saw the felted wool Christmas stocking I was sold. When I received the book I was really pleased to find many more really nice sweater designs to make plus some nice additional projects for items I had never seen before (felted wool stylish house slippers,a fluffy pet sheep) The book begins with the easiest project and builds on the skills as you progress. Many various beautiful wools are used with an emphasis on the yarn type rather than the brand so that you can easily substitute for a yarn you can find. The projects lean toward the young and hip but the authors are clearly my age (over 35) and model some of the projects too - I feel I can make any of these to suit my age/style very happily. A nice touch is a felted wool crochet case lined in fabric to help organize your growing collection of crochet hooks.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2012
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I am an experianced knitter, and was looking to start picking up crochet. I saw this book, and figured that I would give it a try. This was a horrible mistake. This book would be good for someone who already has the basics down, but it is close to useless for a beginner. The directions are very unclear, and the diagrhams are close to useless. Also, they jump from basic techniques to more advanced very fast. I would suggest using a book that has a really good foundation on basic techniques first. For me this book was frusting and defeating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yayabozar on January 31, 2011
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I am not a beginner in crochet, but not a specialist either. I bought this book because I needed to understand what I was doing exactly, and also to learn new patterns, to improve my knowledge.
Usually, I hate following instructions, but this book is so easy to understand that I think it is perfect for beginners. And for good crocheters who want to try a new design as well.
It is the perfect guide for those who know a little like me for sure.
For once, we don't have "has-been" examples of things to crochet, it's more up-to-date, thanks to the authors for that !
The pictures are beautiful, the texts simple, everything is clear, happy, fun, not pretentious, not obscure, this book is a true pleasure to read and follow.
A five stars for this book with no hesitation !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AD 1980 on July 15, 2010
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I am a self taught crocheter, and this is the book that finally made it all make sense to me!!! This book is awesome, it has the best illistations and projects for teaching the stitch it wants you to learn. I wish every book was so well written. Believe me, I've bought several books to teach crocheting and this is the one I always come back to to review the stitches and try to figure out what all the rest of those books are trying to tell me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShardsOfBlue on June 30, 2011
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This book is great for beginners. I especially appreciate the beginning sections of the book explaining not just the basics of how to make a slip-knot, starter chain, and single crochet stitch, but also:

--a great explanation of the different yarn types and weights, back to which I'm constantly referring
--a similar section explaining crochet hook sizes, including a chart
--various terminology, abbreviations, and pattern lingo
--numerous helpful hints, such as to buy all your yarn from the same dye lot

Throughout the book, the patterns include a lot of other little things experienced crocheters may have picked up along the way but that aren't found in simple patterns, including:

--How to use shorthand to keep track of your stitches
--How to felt and what to expect when doing so
--A couple of pages on the how, why, and what-to-do-with of test swatches
--How to choose a size when following a garment pattern
--Sewing and finishing, including blocking and various stitches

All these extra little gems make it a lovely reference as well as pattern book, though sometimes it takes a bit of flipping to find where things are explained.

While the projects could be done in any order, they're actually loosely laid out like lessons. The first two are really simple and use nothing but the single crochet stitch. They gradually move on to other stitches, multiple colors, and varying techniques, including rounds and clothing construction.

I really like most of the patterns in this book. The hats, sweaters, scarves, wraps, and bags are for the most part very modern and fun. I don't plan to make the dog sweaters, toy sheep, or Christmas stocking, but I'll probably make nearly everything else.
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