- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076454151X
- ISBN-13: 978-0764541513
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 239 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
8 pages of full-color photos illustrate projects in the book
Step-by-step instructions make it easy to get hooked on crocheting
Whether youre a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skills, this hands-on guide helps you choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work. Then, youll move on to more advanced techniques and make purses, hats, sweaters, and afghans. Youll also find out how to care for your crocheted items.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Read crochet patterns
- Select hooks and yarns
- Increase and decrease stitches
- Crochet in circles and squares
- Fix your mistakes
- Assemble a finished project
About the Author
Susan Brittain’s fascination with crochet began very early, around 4 or 5 years of age. She would watch her grandmother, who had lost her sight in midlife, spend hours crocheting beautiful Afghans for friends and family, counting the stitches with her fingers. By the age of 8, Susan was crocheting her own projects, starting with simple patterns such as scarves and moving on to Afghans, toys, and sweaters. Although her creative streak has led her to learn many different crafts, crochet has been a steady thread throughout. Susan combined work with pleasure as assistant editor for Crochet Fantasy magazine for a little more than two years, contributing as a designer as well. After moving west with her family, she continues to be a contributing editor and designer.
Karen Manthey’s first attempt at crocheting, while attending Mount Holyoke College, involved mixing wool and acrylic yarns to produce a granny square Afghan that (after washing and drying) resembled a relief map of the English countryside! Through the 1970s, while working as a graphic artist, Karen explored many arts and crafts, and her skill at crochet improved. In 1984, her training in art and understanding of crochet led her to a job illustrating the magazine Crochet Fantasy. Her task was to create the intricate crochet diagrams that accompany many patterns today, using the International Crochet Symbols. She soon moved on to editor of the magazine, while continuing to do the illustrations. Karen has also honed her skills by designing her own patterns and has had many of her creations published in Crochet Fantasy magazine. Her skill as an illustrator can also be seen in the book, Crochet Your Way, by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin.
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Top customer reviews
After completing the scarf project, I moved on to the Bucket Hat project. Then I found some patterns online. I was truly a novice in the craft of crochet, and this book has helped me to complete several crocheting projects. I still refer to it if I can't remember how to complete a particular stitch.
I knew how to crochet many years ago, had been away from it, and decided to take it up again. So I already had the very basics down and just wanted a refresher on some things that I had forgotten (or never really learned correctly the first time). I think this book would have provided that information very well.
However, there were several major problems.
First, the instructional diagrams were so tiny that I could barely see them. I would guess this isn't the case in the paperback version. This is why I don't recommend it for beginners - because you really can't see the diagrams well enough for them to help, and I think those diagrams are necessary for an absolute beginner.
Second, there are a number of projects in the book, but there were no pictures of the finished projects. I have no way to decide if I want to make it or not if I can't see the finished item. Apparently in the paperback version there is a "color section" with photos of the projects, but this was nowhere to be found in my Kindle version - which is ridiculous considering how extremely well the Kindle Fire would be at displaying those pictures.
I chose to return this book. I rarely, rarely return Kindle books, and I debated about it for several days. I ultimately made that decision for one main reason. I think it's shameful when publishers cut corners with Kindle editions of books, especially when the Kindle edition costs *almost as much* as the paperback edition. It's like we're being punished for choosing to read books on a Kindle: "You're going to pay almost as much but you don't get the same content as everyone else." And, again, especially when there's no reason for it - the Kindle Fire is extremely well suited to pictures and photographs.
I'd still like a good crochet reference, and I may consider picking up this book in it's paperback form, because I still think it has good information in it. I just want to go somewhere where I can look at it in person before I decide to do that.
But I can't recommend the Kindle version, based on my experience.
Edited Dec. 2013 - they must have drastically dropped the price on this book, because I just noticed it's now $5.99 but I know I paid way more than that for it - I believe $10-something. Just wanted to clarify, since my review said it cost "almost as much as the paperback edition" - it did, when I bought it. (Still don't recommend the Kindle version though)