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Crochet for the Absolute Beginner (The Absolute Beginner series) Spiral-bound – July 15, 2014
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May 14 Here's the ideal novice's guide with clear guidance, inspiring projects and helpful hints and tips. The no-nonsense advice shows exactly what we should be doing and the projects increase in difficulty to challenge and inspire. The wire-bound format fits into a bag and sits open while the book is in use. * Machine Knitting Monthly * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, the organization of the information contained in the book is infuriating. The table of contents is cursory at best and the index is no better. I guess Brits love meandering through a book, finding tidbits as they go along. Stitch instructions are interspersed somewhat randomly as are other crochet techniques between patterns. Here is an example: Chapter titled "Snug Rugs" pgs. 80-91: Two rug patterns incorporating the spike stitch are given from pgs. 80-83; pgs. 84-87 introduce the cluster stitch; pgs. 88-91 introduce the shell stitch. To find the spike stitch mentioned you go back to the previous chapter, which is referenced only once in one rug pattern. So if you decide to try the rug patterns, you must depend on specific reference on a page within the book or hope the index lists it. "Cluster" and "shell" are not listed under stitches while "spike" is. To be truly useful to a beginner, the author and her editor should consider reorganizing the information where stitches and techniques introduced along with the pattern(s) recommended to practice are sequenced and related together in one chapter rather than bouncing around the book contents. Also more extensive cross-referencing in the index would be helpful along with an expanded table of contents.
For such a small book, it packs a lot of good information and when/where a reader finds the information, it is presented rather concisely. Finding the information when and where it is needed is for someone much more adventuresome and experienced than a beginner.