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Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker Paperback – March 15, 2006
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Stoller's Stitch 'N Bitch and Stitch 'N Bitch Nation have become icons of the knitting craze: every hip young needleworker has at least one of them next to the yarn stash. Now, she uses the same approach that made her knitting books so successful in this entrée to sexed-up hookwork that takes pains to show crocheting isn't for grandma anymore. Stoller provides everything short of the hook and yarn a crafter will need to learn how to crochet. From a history of the craft to mind-bogglingly complete instructions and dozens of charted and explained patterns (the majority of which are for women's clothing and accessories-there are no afghans here), it's all presented in Stoller's bright, witty style and accompanied by cheery color photographs. Beginners will like the easy construction of the "Stripes (and Stripes) Forever Scarf," and intermediate crocheters will enjoy whipping up a "Cupcake," a purple sweater confection. Experienced crocheters have patterns here too, such as the astonishing lace "Go For Baroque" sweater. This latest entry into the Stitch 'N Bitch canon is sure to be another bestseller.
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This book has changed all that. I'm only a few chapters in, but for the first time I can make a swatch that has the same number of stitches on the last row as the first without fudging. I can accurately count stitches and rows. This book has clear pictures and takes the mystery out of why sometimes you crochet into the turning chain and sometimes you don't.
Although Debbie Stoller is known as a knitter, you don't have to be a knitter to use this book. There are occasional references to knitting, but only in context. This book is for anyone who wants to learn to crochet, or new crocheters who want to build their confidence through knowledge.
I resisted this book mainly because of the title. I thought it would be frivolous and not much help to a beginner. I'm happy to report that it is not and now wish I had gotten it in the first place and saved money spent on all those other books. The first part of the book has instructions on how to crochet with VERY CLEAR illustrations and text that explains just how and where to insert a hook for whatever you need to do. The language is very easy to understand but the illustrations are the icing on the cake. For instance, when the pattern calls for placing a stitch in the top of the beginning chain of the last row which one is it? This book not only tells you how but shows you exactly where. Many, many years ago Coats & Clark published a little booklet on learning to knit with very easy to see illustrations. I've been looking for something similar for crocheting and now I've found it in 'The Happy Hooker.' I love this book and haven't even started on the patterns, some of which I am looking forward to making. I highly recommend it to all who want to learn crocheting or need to improve their technique.
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Targeted more for beginner to intermediate crocheters.
Not much material for advanced practitioners.