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Kim Guzman is an award-winning teacher and crochet pattern designer. She writes a variety of patterns including garments, home decor, accessories and gift items. Kim has authored 12 books, most of them in her favorite form of crochet--Tunisian crochet. Tunisian crochet offers Kim more flexibility in her designing due to its unique look, which can mimic knitting or weaving, depending on the stitches used while still maintaining crochet's ease. Being able to combine these looks together in one project brings all needlework together and makes Tunisian crochet a favorite among many. You may often hear that Tunisian crochet is the "step-child" of knitting and crochet. "Not so," says Kim, "it's more like the best of both worlds!"
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"There isn't often a day when you won't find me without a crochet hook or my knitting needles in my hands! Turning these loves into a full-time career that fulfills my desire for creativity is like a dream come true."
Kim Guzman is an award-winning teacher and crochet pattern designer. She writes a variety of patterns including garments, home decor, accessories and gift items.
Kim has authored 12 books, most of them in her favorite form of crochet--Tunisian crochet. Tunisian crochet offers Kim more flexibility in her designing due to its unique look, which can mimic knitting or weaving, depending on the stitches used while still maintaining crochet's ease. Being able to combine these looks together in one project brings all needlework together and makes Tunisian crochet a favorite among many.
You may often hear that Tunisian crochet is the "step-child" of knitting and crochet. "Not so," says Kim, "it's more like the best of both worlds!"
Her latest books, The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet and Tunisian Cables to Crochet, offer something for everyone for beginner to advanced.
Kim's portfolio of her work can be found at www.kimguzman.com. Or, you can follow her on her blog where she discusses the day-to-day activities of designing as well as her newly-found pastime of canning and preserving food.
More than half of the patterns in this booklet are worth making and the yarns that are used are displayed very well. The designer definitely mixes color well and makes these items very wearable for every woman. The only thing that might be a minus for this book is that the two vests that are included are not in expanded plus sizes. One of them goes up to 46 and the other to 48 so it will be okay for many people but for those who are looking for garments that are larger than that, you will have to be comfortable with altering patterns before attempting them (and if you are experienced enough to alter a Tunisian pattern, then you are probably not looking at buying "The Ultimate Beginner's Guide..."). The beret and scarf are absolutely fabulous, as is the ruana. The drop stitch cowl would be great as a regular scarf, too. The duffel bag is very nice and could be used for a long time without going out of style. This book is definitely worth the money if you are interested in Tunisian. Even if you have some experience with Tunisian, this book is worth looking at.
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Tunisian crochet has been increasing in popularity for the past few years, and if you've been waiting to learn, now's your chance! In the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet, Kim Guzman walks you through the basics while offering nine projects of increasing difficulty. The book focuses on Tunisian crochet creations that mimic the look of hand knitting.
The book includes an introduction to the types of hooks that are available for Tunisian crochet, as well as ways to modify standard or double-ended crochet hooks for Tunisian crochet.
An eight-page section with step-by-step photos demonstrates the basic stitches including Tunisian simple, knit, purl, reverse, and extended stitches. This section is helpful even to a more experienced Tunisian crocheter because Tunisian crochet stitch names are not always standardized, and the pictures allow you to identify stitches you may already know, which may have been called a different name in prior publications.
After introducing you to the stitches, Kim shares techniques for increasing, decreasing, changing colors, seaming and other finishing. The remainder of the book is devoted to the patterns, with a brief section at the end that includes information on reading patterns and the yarns used in the book.
Kim writes in a conversational tone and reading this book is like having a great teacher looking over your shoulder. Some of my favorite features are that the book lays flat so you can read along while crocheting; projects list yarn by type rather than by brand for easy substitution (a list of yarns used for each project is provided at the end); and many pictures and illustrations demonstrate various techniques throughout the book.Read more ›
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This book is amaizing and the instructions are wonderful. Helps you learn different stitches and patterns. Love this book and am so glad I ordered it. If you want to learn Tunisian crochet this book is fabulous!
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I have been crocheknitting for many many years - Tinisian seems to be the modern word for crocheknitting. I did not see any new stitches or instructions in this book that I had not figured out over the years, so it really is not useful to me. However, it would be very helpful for those with less experience.