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The Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop: Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter Paperback – November 18, 2014
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From the Back Cover
Join the creative revolution in crochet!Dora Ohrenstein, a master of innovative crochet strategies, presents patterns for more than 75 swatches, each one designed to delve into the nitty-gritty of crochet. As you advance through the project lessons, you'll gain a solid understanding of counting stitches, changing tension, working in the round, and increasing and decreasing in complicated patterns. You'll hone your technical skills and gain the confidence to tackle sophisticated projects and reach new creative heights with your own designs.
About the Author
Dora Ohrenstein is a leading crochet designer, author, and teacher. She is the author of Top-Down Crochet Sweaters and The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop, which is being hailed as a must-have resource by the crochet community. Ohrenstein’s chic and innovative designs appear regularly in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, Vogue Knitting Crochet, and many other print and online magazines. She is the co-editor of Crochet World's “Talking Crochet” column, and she has written for various other publications about crochet history, international traditions, and techniques.
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612122465
- Product dimensions : 8.3 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC (November 18, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've used this book since April 2017, and my skills have grown rapidly. Between the exercises and lessons contained herein and the excellent online tutorials available now, I'm definitely at an advanced skill level, compared with a solid intermediate just a few months ago.
Part 3 on Controlling Tension is a must for newbies who are trying to move beyond the Death Grip! My tension is nice and relaxed, which is vital with my chronic pain issues. I can crochet for hours with no problems, but the entry on Flexible Tension was very useful.
Part 4 is a must for any crocheter who gains or loses stitches at the edge of their work, as well as all of us knitters who cry out "but where do I insert this hook??! "
Part 5 covers squares, mitered corners, and The Math (!)
Part 6, logically enough, is on circles and tubes
Part 7 is one of my favorites, with elegant advanced shaping, including Internal Shaping, within the motifs or stitch patterns themselves
Jumping to Part 10, the Finishing Techniques here are similar to those I have used forever as a professional seamstress, knitter and weaver. I agree with the author that weaving in ends as you go can work with dense, solid stitches, but pull out the tapestry needle and relax into some artistic camouflage and your work goes from Home-Made to Hand-Crafted-Artisanal.
The projects included are excellent samples of the techniques in the book, and I highly recommend approaching these as personal homework / challenges / continuing education, whichever works best for your incentive. I love classes and assignments, and the ongoing skill-building of this book has inspired me to keep raising the bar, even though I've taught all of my fiber skills for years.
So, I'm happily wearing out my copy, and keep it close, along with Top-Down Crochet Sweaters, the crochet motifs and borders of the Edie Eckman books, and my old beat-up copy of The Harmony Guide to Crocheting.
This book reads like a textbook, which is a GOOD thing. She goes into the how AND the why of each and every topic she covers, which gives you the tools you need to make adjustments to an existing pattern (something I'm all too familiar with), or to create your own patterns. She also has several pages devoted to the math that's needed for measuring gauge and shaping, and makes it easy to understand for the "math phobic". I view crochet as math with yarn, and I loved that Ohrenstein stressed how important math is to beautiful crochet.
I bought the book because I was interested in the "Advanced Shaping" section, but even the "Fundamental Techniques" chapter was full of new and useful information. I would highly suggest this book to anyone who crochets, whether they're just starting or have years of experience.
I encourage anyone who is new to crochet to consider this book, as well as “well experienced” crafters. For those newer to crochet, great instructions to learn correct tension when creating stitches & how to correct tension issues. I’ve not found this kind of instruction anywhere else - not in books, not from other crocheters. This ALONE makes this book worthy of adding to your library.
I WOULDN’T pick this as your VERY FIRST crochet book, but have it nearby after you feel comfortable making chain stitches & single crochet stitches. It will be most useful once you’ve done a little crocheting, enough that you’ve worked a few starting chains & feel like you’ve got the hang of working single crochet (sc). Then come work through this book & pay attention to tips for working stitches & learning to control your tension working those stitches. Your confidence & success in crochet will be well rewarded.
If you’ve crocheted any time at all, & very likely even if you’ve crocheted decades, you’ll likely pick up some fine tuning tips on technique here. I know I did. I rarely follow a pattern. I pick out some yarn with a general idea what I’d like to make, swatch a little to find a fabric & some stitch patterns I’d like to play with, & once happy with that providing an idea to calculate number of stitches I need to start, I’m off.
But there are a few stitch patterns I tend to avoid because I’m not pleased with them. I knew it was the way I worked stitches in that particular pattern but never quite seemed to correct it to my satisfaction. This book has helped me look differently at my specific technique with those stitches better than anything I’ve come across so far. Wish I’d had this in 1972! Would have saved me some aggravation & increased my adventurousness much faster.
In short, no matter how long you’ve been crocheting, I recommend considering this for your reference library. I’m working through it now, not just to teach a new crocheter more effectively but to improve my own skills & confidence with this craft.
If you’re curious, the other books I chose are:
“The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop: essential techniques for becoming a more versatile, adventurous crocheter” by Dora Ohrenstein
“Complete Crochet Course: the ultimate reference guide” by Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby