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  • Series: Answer Book (Storey)
  • Turtleback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175982
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crochet might be easily defined as creating a series of loops with hooks; to many novices, however, the craft itself might defy simple understanding. Eckman comes to the rescue with dozens of well-thought-out questions, comprehensible answers, and chapters on topics ranging from equipment needs to resources for more information. She includes line illustrations and charts for added explanations; tools, for instance, and specific techniques (stitches, borders, and buttonholes) are well illustrated. Best of all, her can-do personality and gentle humor shine through, comforting the unsure crocheters among us. Who could quibble with her response to the question "I put down my afghan for a year, and when I came back to it, my gauge had changed? What happened?" Responds Edie, "Life." Appended are standard crochet abbreviations, common crochet terms and phrases, standard body measurements and sizing, suggested sizes for accessories and household items, and yarn care symbols. Barbara Jacobs
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“Absent a live-in grandma or an all-night craft store? That’s where The Crochet Answer Book comes in. The handy volume addresses myriad issues that can arise in the middle of a needlework project."

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This book answered all of my questions, and then some.
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It is very easy to understand and the pictures are great and illustrate the different stitches so i can follow them easily.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in crocheting.
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377 of 378 people found the following review helpful By S. Wussow VINE VOICE on February 6, 2006
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I am an experienced crocheter, but I don't do it often. When I find myself inspired to create with crochet, I often want a quick refresher on:

Placement of markers;

How and where to count stitches;

The way to create flat circles or squares or triangles and how and where to increase on rounds (so I can then make up my own pattern for a hat or placemat or dishcloth or whatever);

How many stitches back from the hook I need to work to start back on my foundation row (if doing anything other than single crochet).

Just those quick little reminder tips that get you off and running and back to your work...

After a recent frustrating search, I found that none of my other crochet books have any information on markers, none have any of the modular piece formulae, and the other tomes have the stitch details buried within pages and pages of opinionated text (I'm going to hold my hook how I darn well please, thankyouverymuch!)

None of my other books have clear, two-color diagrams indicating which part of a working stitch I'm supposed to be working through.

None of my other books even has a decent index.

They do, however, have stupid patterns for baby items I'm never going to make. Blech.

THIS BOOK HAS ALL OF THE ABOVE EXCEPT THE STUPID PATTERNS. Not only that, it's written in a concise, easily-referenced manner, and it's small enough to carry with you in your yarn tote. Trust me when I say that IF IT ISN'T IN THIS BOOK, YOU WON'T NEED IT... and you will be able, like I, to give your other crochet books away.

Included are:

Info on yarn and substitutions, hook sizes, English/American translations.
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130 of 131 people found the following review helpful By R. Riley on December 1, 2005
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Covers everything you'll ever need to know. From all of the different ways to begin, change colors, end off, and join pieces together to trickier things like how to make sleeves longer or shorter without messing up the pattern. Well illustrated, simple to read...love this book.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By CrochetQueen on February 12, 2006
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Even if you are a crochet expert, you will find this book useful. Answers just about every question you can think of from hooks, where to insert your hook, Gauge how to fix it or change it, yarn substitutions, edgings, how to turn, pattern stitches, how to start and end, and other very important answers. For the price, this book is well worth every little penny.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Bass on March 29, 2007
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I've been crocheting for many years and consider myself a solid intermediate crocheter. Still, I thought it would be good to have a resource book that is travel size for when I occasionally need to look something up and am not at home to consult my other books. (Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet is great, but is a bit big to carry around.)

The Crochet Answer Book is about the size of a paperback, but with a slightly sturdier cover. It would fit well in most crochet tote bags. It's 11 oz, so it has some heft to it for its size, but it's worth its weight!

The crochet questions cover a broad range of subjects and the answers provided are concise, but helpful. I've enjoyed thumbing through the book and while much is familiar to me, I did pick up a few useful tips (such as hand exercises and the Elmore/extended stitch).

I have only two small issues with the book. 1) It might have been nice to include a sample symbol crochet chart to go with the list of symbols to illustrate how to read such a chart. Perhaps the author could consider this in a future edition. 2) The only answer with which I disagreed concerned the author's discussion of "No Dye Lot" yarn. While in principle the author is right that these yarns should be of identical color from batch to batch, that has not always been my experience. I found subtle differences much to my dismay on one project. - Still this is just one answer with which I disagree...the rest of the answers are great.

I highly recommend this book, especially for the new crochet stitcher who wants to go beyond the very basics, but is a bit intimidated by typical crochet instructions and the lingo used. The book is also useful for the more experienced crocheter who wants a travel size reference book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dea Carey on March 10, 2007
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I picked this one up at Michael's a few weeks ago, intending to flip through it a bit. When I was still "just flipping through it" fifteen minutes later, I gave in and bought it. And I'm glad I did; I have yet to have a question that this book didn't address. It even answered some long-standing questions! It's comprehensive, well-organized, and full of clear, easy-to-understand diagrams.

The Crochet Answer Book covers all the standard stuff: the types of yarn, the basic stitches, all the getting-started stuff. However, it goes beyond that, including information on how to substitute yarns, how to create various shapes, and how to modify patterns. In fact, the section on modifying even complex patterns is so well written that I feel inspired to try it! Another useful bit of information is in the section on working in the round: handy charts give suggestions for the number of increases need for different types of stitches. If you need know how to fix a problem in a piece, that's in it, too.

With this book, I have the resources for troubleshooting projects from patterns and for coming up with patterns of my own, all in a compact volume I can carry with me. I wouldn't recommend this as a first crochet book, but it makes an excellent second or third book.
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