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Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet (Leisure Arts #15906) (Donna Kooler's Series) Paperback – 2002
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Fist of all, it covers the basics--the history of crochet, how to crochet, stitches, yarns, threads, and needles. It also covers different techniques--filet crochet, Tunisian crochet, changing colors, wire crochet, bead crochet...etc.
The instructions are clear. I like that there are international symbols too. Also, the instructions of basic stitches and techniques are shown for left and right-handed crocheters.
There are lots of neat projects from baby blankets, to a challenging "Philosopher's Coat". Also, there is a pattern directory. I love the pineapple and strawberry patterns!
Also, it is a gorgeous book. It has a clean design and is a nice size and length--makes a nice coffee table book. The projects are modern and beautiful, and the photography is lovely.
I plan to make a pineapple afghan and try my hand at some bead crochet. Maybe one day, I'll try my hand at that "Philosopher's Coat".
There is so much information and instruction for just about anyone to improve their skills as a crocheter or to get started. It is a guide that I know I'll refer to often.
The section on different patterns is what I use most...again, thoroughly illustrated and photographed. Thanks to this book, I am making my own designs now instead of buying patterns from the store. There is also a great selection of trim/edging patterns, so you can add something special to an existing item, or add on to a current project.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I only wish there were more Donna Kooler projects for crochet available in stores (they all seem to focus on her needlepoint projects). I can't wait for her Knitting Encyclopedia to come out -- it's already on my wish list!
The beaded crochet section seemed a bit difficult to understand at times, and I wish that the key to abbreviations appeared at the front or back of the book rather than somewhere in the middle (where it was harder to find when needed). I also wish the text instructions used fewer abbreviations (the abbreviations are for saving space, but you don't really need to save that much space in a full length book) and/or included a key to the abbreviations on the pattern page.
Donna Kooler was kind enough to write to me and point out that there IS a key to abbreviations on the inside front and back covers of the book. How silly of me not to notice!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written with concise easy-to-comprehend instructions and descriptive photos.Published 3 months ago by cheyanne
I absolutely love this book. I love to crochet but was taught by my grandmother with no patterns. So the visual pattern is perfect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Drennan
Am beginner crochet person. Got it initially from the library and liked it enpugh to order a personal copy. Every crochet stitch with easy instructions and pictures to follow. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nettiegirl
An incredible reference book of stitches , allows you to create beautiful piecesPublished 11 months ago by JUDITH GLOGAU
Used this book to help me with some classes. Was a great reference guide.Published 12 months ago by K nurse