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Crochet Basics: All You Need to Know to Get Hooked on Crochet Hardcover – December 2, 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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"…the book to get you hooking away."


Bookpage, August 2004

From the Back Cover

Previous generations might have learned to crochet at their mother’s knee, but today’s would-be crocheters rarely have access to such a reservoir of knowledge. Crochet Basics fills this gap.





Step-by-step instructions with color photographs and illustrations ensure clear, foolproof descriptions of every technique





Twelve specially-commissioned projects let you practice newly-learned skills while creating unique items for yourself, your family, or your home
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764156780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764156786
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a great book for someone who knows basic crochet but would like to develop their skills further. The success of the book is the result of excellent photographs and a logical progression of more difficult and involved stitchery. The basics are given at the beginning of the book. Each subsequent chapter introduces a more involved crochet skill and then a project to practice your newly acquired skill. All the projects in the book are contemporary and beautiful crochet pieces. A truly outstanding crochet book.
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I bought this book earlier today, and in the span of about 2-3 hrs I have learned 4 basic types of crochet stitch without breaking a sweat. I needed something very very basic, with lots of pictures, and as much elaboration as possible. This book pretty much fit the bill. And what is awesome is there is still so much to this book!! Once again I have not attempted any of the projects yet, but am just soo glad to have begun "getting hooked on crochet". If you have never picked up a crochet needle and want a book that dosen't leave explaning beginning stiches by the way side then this book is for you :)
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I checked this book out at the library, and learned how to crochet by it. I copied down a lot by hand, and then when finances permitted bought it. This book is an essential part of any reference library. I highly recommend it. You can't beat the clear instructions and diagrams. The projects are fun too, and pictures for pattern reference very handy.
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I learned how to crochet by copying whatever my grandmother did (a slip knot, a foundation chain, a slip stitch a single & double crochet) but she never taught me the names of all these stitches or I was too young to remember. When she passed away I was lost trying to read a pattern by my self. This book was the answer to my prayer. The pictures follow the instructions really well & there are no missed steps with out a picture. My book is full of yellow stickys so that when I read a pattern I can go back to the stitch I am working on. It has also taught me to read instructions slowly instead of trying to figure out, one long, run on sentence. STOP at a coma & see what you're doing, before you proceed. Highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start or has been discouraged by other books.
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I have spent several hours trying to figure out what to do after I create the first basic "foundation chain," and this book is not very helpful for that. I found several explanations online that made more sense and went into more detail. The notation and terminology in this book is unclear for someone who has never crocheted before...the author uses "stitch" and "chain" interchangeably, for example.

I think you could find better free guides online if you are a true novice. This book does has some nice patterns and examples, but you won't be able to get that far if you can't understand the very basic techniques.
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This is a great reference book. It definitely fulfills its title "Crochet Basics"- some of which I was never taught when I learned to crochet. Crochet Basics gives you the tools to use your imagination to create unlimited garments or home decor. The pictures are great- the use of contrasting colors (as shown on the cover photo) helps tremendously. I am just sorry it took me so long to buy a book on crochet!
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This book is perfect! Going to get a lot of use from it! Very easy to follow instructions and great projects included!
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