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The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition: *All You Need to Know to Crochet *The Essential Reference for Novice and Expert Crocheters ... Instructions for 220 Stitch Patterns Paperback – July 15, 2014
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"The latest in a continuing series of photo guides, this book features full-color photos of techniques with examples and practice projects. Veteran knitting and crochet teacher Hubert (Knit or Crochet: Have It Your Way) has dozens of stitch samples clearly pictured and charted. This guide will be useful for crafters beginning to experiment." -- Library Journal, February 15, 2010
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Margaret Hubert is the author of more than 20 crochet and knitting books, including Plus Size Crochet, Knits for Men, Knit or Crochet--Have It Your Way, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, The Granny Square Book, Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters, Runway Crochet, and Customize Your Knitting. She has enjoyed a lifelong career designing both crochet and knit patterns for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers. Hubert also teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings, and rarely misses a national conference in the needle-arts field. A world traveler, Hubert pays close attention to the fashions in Europe and spots trends as they hit New York. In 2012, in fitting tribute to Hubert's lifelong work as a knitting and crochet designer, the Crochet Guild of America inducted her into their Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame. Her work and information about the events she attends can be found on her blog: margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com. She lives in Pawling, New York.
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That was an error on my part. The Second Edition does not have several of the special technique sections that the First Edition had.
Namely:In the Special Crochet Techniques section, this Second Edition contains:
*One Piece, Top Down
*Hairpin Lace Crochet
*Broomstick Lace Crochet
However, the previous edition had all of the above, PLUS it had:
It does contain different projects from the first edition, but the broomstick lace hat, which is very attractive, is also available free on a Crafting website. The other projects are okay, but I would not buy this book simply for the few projects included.
I wish the original material had been kept, in particular, those on Overlay Crochet (by Melody MacDuffee) and the Polish Star (by Pauline Turner), as it is more useful to me to have these more rare techniques included in one volume. To me, the trade-off of getting 20 new stitches and new projects, was not an attractive one. This is also not made clear in any of the book's promotional write-ups, which only emphasizes the inclusion of new material, but fails to mention several sections were removed. As I am an advanced crocheter, it is these very sections that are of interest to me.
For this Second Edition, I purchased the Kindle version. It is handy, obviously, as it does not take up space. It is reasonably easy to read and find things. A minus would be that the photo of stitches, their charts, and the written instructions are viewed across several pages in some cases. This means you have to flip back and forth. However, this is often a common trade-off for ebooks, so acceptable.
So, in short, I would recommend the Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd edition, as being a useful addition to a crocheter's library, especially for beginners. If you are advanced, it might not prove very useful, especially as it lacks the depth of techniques that the First Edition had. As I already have Melody MacDuffee's standalone book on overlay crochet, the main loss for me is Pauline Turner's Polish Star section.
At the time I purchased the Kindle Edition, the Second Edition was significantly cheaper than the First Edition. If the price levels out or price is not a concern, I would suggest getting the First Edition instead, if you are more interested in techniques.
Overall, either edition is probably not a must-have for anyone with a substantial crochet library. But if you don't have many crochet books or are looking for one volume that contains very clear photo explanations combined with a large stitch library, this book is excellent, as the step-by-step photographed instructions are well presented.
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The spine is damaged and does not look nice.