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“Erika Knight..brings her clean, unfussy design sensibility to crochet. The book aims at beginner-level crocheters, but the projects will entice even the advanced among us.” ―Interweave Crochet

“Too often, crochet books veer toward amigurumi-cute or unfashionably retro, so Knight's intelligent, modern introduction to crochet is especially welcome.” ―Nannete Donohue, Library Journal

“Each new stitch, trick or technique that you learn from the twenty projects will make you a more skilled crocheter.... This is an easy-to-follow how-to crochet book. The projects are stylish and you will learn about a lot about crocheting. If you enjoy both crocheting and knitting, ” ―Paula Moliver, examiner.com

“These projects give anyone a chance to hone their skills while learning new stitches, techniques, or tricks.” ―Quick & Easy Crochet

“[Simple Corcheting] has so many projects I want to try.... The photography and graphics are so clear for each step. This book makes me want to learn even more about crocehting.” ―Sew Spoiled blog

“The projects in this book are simple yet sophisticated, and could serve as the starting point to a new craft. Her goal with this book is to simplify and communicate her passion for crochet with accessible yet enticing projects that are good for beginners through master levels.... Simple Crocheting is not just a book of how-to's, Erika shares design principles like building a color palette and other unique design secrets. I'm happy to include this in my growing craft library.” ―Pulp Sushi blog

“If you are a beginner who is inspired by the look of well photographed projects, this might be the beginner crochet book for you.” ―Underground Crafter blog

About the Author

ERIKA KNIGHT is a highly-respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a consultant to the fashion and yarn industries. With her "simple" ethos, Erika has a unique interpretation of craft; her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for knitting and crochet with accessible yet enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and, above all, enjoy creating.

Erika has recently launched her own capsule collection of high-quality hand-knit yarns, which are all sheared, scoured, and spun in England. As you would expect from this talented designer, the texture and color are truly special. Erika is the author of numerous highly-acclaimed knitting and crochet books, including Simple Knitting and Natural Nursery Knits.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250016218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250016218
  • ASIN: 1250016215
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The folks at St. Martin's Press sent me a review copy of Erika Knight`s Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-to-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects, which takes an artsy approach to sharing the basics of crochet, using a combination of step-by-step illustrations, fashion friendly projects, and design tips from an established knitwear designer.

What I like about this book:
The book layout is designed to appeal to your inner artist. A harmonious, neutral color palette ties together all the projects and the swatches. "Ripped" pages with notes are photographed atop swatches, projects are photographed beautifully, etc.

The book includes a nice introductory stitch guide.

Several of the patterns include a "masterclass" section where additional tips and variations are provided.

Although the book is aimed at beginners, it includes beginner, easy, and intermediate level projects, so you can "grow" with the book.

What I don't like or what could be improved:
The book relies on illustrations to teach the crochet skills. If you don't learn as easily from illustrations, this may be a challenge.

The book is paperback so it doesn't lay flat for reading and crocheting. However, it does include cover flaps so you can mark your place.

Overall:
Simple Crocheting is beautiful book that will inspire you to improve your crochet skills. Many beginners will need to supplement the book with YouTube or online photo tutorials since illustrations are sometimes unclear to a newbie. If you are a beginner who is inspired by the look of well photographed projects, this might be the beginner crochet book for you.
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I was inspired to purchase this book at Hobby Lobby recently because I found the projects to be incredibly beautiful. I also have Erica Knight's previous crochet book, and I think even though it also contains beautiful and simple projects, she has evolved quite a lot in her use of color. It is difficult to make such simple projects look so sublime. She truly lets the carefully chosen materials shine through. It will make you want to get out your hook and start making gorgeous goods. The instructions also look very clear. I am a beginning crocheter, and I think the illustrations are among the best I've seen.
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I knit and crochet but have always preferred knitting because of the smoother texture and beautiful array of natural fibers I have come to prefer for my projects. I have always associated crochet with those horrible pastel acrylic yarns, and products that just look bumpy and frumpy. The projects in Simple Crocheting are everything but. I love her choice of yarns, I love the style of her projects, the photography is beautiful, the whole book is very calming. It made me start crocheting again. The only thing I discovered is that this book really doesn't teach HOW to crochet very well. It relies on illustrations and leaves steps out, so that I was confused, since I needed a total refresher after such a long hiatus from crochet. I did find Crochet Step by Step to be a go-to, rock solid teaching manual, though. This book, I think, is for advanced beginners at the least, or to give beautiful ideas. The Medallion Afghan is my next crochet project.
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I started crocheting after purchasing Erika Knight's first crochet book, Simple Crochet. I was very happy when she came out with this new one. I especially like the neutral colors and simple patterns. I don't consider myself a beginner but I am inspired by her designs.
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As soon as I saw Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-to-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects, I was instantly drawn in by it's pretty cover. When I opened Simple Crocheting I was treated to a beautifully presented pattern book.

I tend to think *yawn* whenever I see a crochet pattern book that is aimed at beginners. I like to be challenged when I crochet and I will get easily bored if I see patterns that are too simple. That is not the case here at all.
Designer Erika Knight has created a pattern book that beginners can follow, yet seasoned crocheters can enjoy as well. Aside from the well written patterns, I love Erika's style of writing. I read this pattern book cover to cover. The photography in this pattern book is as the title suggests, simple, yet it is beautiful. I love the presentation.

"It is the simplicity of crochet that inspires me. With just a few basic stitches worked either in lines or round and round, using only a hook and some yarn you can create seemingly endless textures. With only one stitch ever in work on the hook, it is a deceptively simple craft that anyone can master, as well as being conveniently portable."
p.6, Simple Crocheting

The patterns in the book range from very easy to a bit more entailed. The skill levels are Beginner, Easy, Intermediate and Experienced. The book contains an Introductory section, Materials and Techniques and a Stitch Library. I enjoyed reading Erika's take on choosing the right yarns in the Materials and Techniques section. She favors crocheting with natural fibers and has her own line of natural yarns.

The patterns in the book, which are called "Project Workshops", incorporate the different techniques in crochet.
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