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The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet: Learn to Crochet with more than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns (Chicks with Sticks (Paperback)) Paperback – April 15, 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 !
--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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I checked it out from the local library twice and made two caps and a scarf. I want to try several more things, so I decided that I should just buy it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book. I also have the knitting book also. The instructions are easy and informative.Published 9 months ago by Jacquelyn S. Potter
Fabulous, easy to follow guide to all basic and more crochet.Published 11 months ago by c m leonard
Love this book, not a great crochet person but I was able to follow instructions and pump out some impressive items..Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer