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Kids Crochet: Projects for Kids of All Ages Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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Grade 4-8–In this handsomely designed volume, a combination of softly hued illustrations, sharp, colorful photos (including dozens of full page), and step-by-step instructions clearly guides young people (including "lefties") through 15 projects. All aspects of crocheting are covered: yarns, tools, hooks, size, sides, rows, attaching a new color, borders, texture, increasing/decreasing, stitches (chain, single crochet, woven, rib). Handcrafted items include a neck cozy, tool pouch, friendship cuffs, patchwork poncho, triangle-square quilt and pillow, and critter cushions. Boxed text provides useful information on winding a ball of yarn, weaving in tails, sewing on a button, keeping track of rounds, etc. Along with Susan O'Reilly's Knitting and Crochet (Thomson Learning, l994), this title is a good choice for craft collections.–Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Gr. 4-7. Here's another beautiful crochet book to join Jane Davis' Crochet: Fantastic Jewelry, Hats, Purses, Pillows & More (2005). This, too, has projects that kids will really enjoy making: hats, a poncho, a pillow, a scarf, bags, toys, and head and wrist bands. What will especially entice children are the sharply reproduced color photographs, which make the projects pop. Also excellent are the attractive drawings showing crochet basics. This offers some extra bang for the buck with sidebars providing instructions for more-complicated crochet techniques and information about subjects such as crochet around the world. Both boys and girl are shown enjoying the craft. Ilene Cooper
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Top customer reviews
Although weaving seemed a good place to begin, exposing the girls to domestic crafts grew as an idea. I started skipping through the internet, looking for kid friendly books and tools.
I bought this book, Kids Crochet, with the intention of sending it to them later . . . I was committed to the looms and, really, one craft at a time, is best. Two craft projects would have overwhelmed them. I'm still going to send the Kids Crochet book later, either for Valentine's Day, Easter or their summer birthdays . . . after buying another for myself.
I learned to crochet in 5th grade through a friend. Crocheting in the late 1950s is not what it is today and the 'projects' generally reserved for children were useless and discouraged any further interest in this craft. Frankly, the same criticism applies to all crafts taught children during the 50s, including the granddaddy of them all: the gimp lanyard. Furthermore, if anyone should stumble upon a project book for kids crocheting that was written during the middle of last century, one would assume that kids had no taste, no preferences, no voices of their own.
Kids Crochet is a beautifully illustrated book featuring photos of attractive and happy kids (boys as well as girls) making and wearing crocheted items. The book begins by telling left-handed kids how to adapt the instructions, then suggests kids try finger crocheting before using a hook. Smart moves. Next, it illustrates the various weights in which yarn is made and teaches kids how to wind yarn into a ball. It briefly discusses the sources for yarn, then suggests tools hobbyists might need and explains how crochet hooks are sized. Drawings accompany the text that explains how to create a chain stitch and single crochet. This is a boon for kids whose parents never learned and who don't have a grandmother who lives down the block.
The projects are both pretty and useful. There is no crocheting of doilies that no one but a great-great-aunt or the next door neighbor with an "authentic Civil War Era" decorating scheme would want. They include a fashionable neck cozy; a tool pouch (which could also be a small wallet or cosmetic bag); friendship bracelets; handbags; scarves; a poncho; a pretty headband; a quilt; several pillows; variations on a popular hat style and toys. The coup de grace is a sweater. In other words, the kids can make things for themselves as well as things they can give as gifts. Both are important. When a child develops a skill, the child wants to show it off. A doily? Yuck? A cozy and pretty hat a girl made for herself and decorated according to her taste? YES! Children also love giving things to others. The child who receives this book can make a teddy bear for her new born cousin or a birthday present for her mother, grandmother or BBF.
I can not recommend this book highly enough. But I will add a hint: give this book along with enough yarn to complete two projects (in colors the child likes) and the proper size hook. When adults give kids craft items, they frequently fail to give supplies for the second project. No wonder the child loses interest.
The book is hardcover and the pages are nice and thick. The only improvement I would make is have it spriral bound.
Overall, great beginner book with wonderful instructions, great projects, and beautiful images. When you gift, don't forget a crochet hook and a skein of yarn! They are going to want to start right away!