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A-Z of Crochet (Crafts) Spiral-bound – 6 Sep 2007

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  • Spiral-bound: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Country Bumpkin Publications (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977547639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977547630
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anything you have ever wanted to know about crochet, this book is the complete manual for the beginner right through to the advanced crocheter. Covering every aspect of crochet, from holding the hook to the more complicated stitches and techniques, it is set out in a user-friendly format with more than 1200 pictures to help you. I never knew there were quite so many stitches in crochet: puff stitch, popcorns, tubular crochet, filet crochet - they are all here. You'll be inspired and possibly surprised by it all. --Sarah McDonald, Knitting, Dec 07<br /><br />If you have never tried crochet before or are getting bored with granny squares and want to try something more adventurous but lack the technical know-how, this is a book you should consider buying. All the basic techniques (including various ways to hold the hook and yarn) are explained using clear pictures and instructions. Everything you need to know to tackle any project from a table mat to a crocheted garment is included, and plenty more to encourage you to try your hand at the more unusual crochet techniques. The book starts with a short history of crochet and the many forms it has taken since the rise in its popularity during the nineteenth century. There are sections on flat, circular and tubular crochet, hairpin and Tunisian crochet and the delicate and time-consuming forms of Irish & Filet crochet. More unusual techniques such as crochet buttons and entrelac crochet are covered if you want to try something different. Unfortunately, there are no specific projects to make nor are there any instructions for specific crochet patterns but many of the techniques, for example on how to make three-dimensional flowers, could easily be incorporated into any crochet project. If you only want to own one reference book on crochet, this would be an excellent choice. --Journal for weavers, spinners & dyers June 08

If you have never tried crochet before or are getting bored with granny squares and want to try something more adventurous but lack the technical know-how, this is a book you should consider buying. All the basic techniques (including various ways to hold the hook and yarn) are explained using clear pictures and instructions. Everything you need to know to tackle any project from a table mat to a crocheted garment is included, and plenty more to encourage you to try your hand at the more unusual crochet techniques. The book starts with a short history of crochet and the many forms it has taken since the rise in its popularity during the nineteenth century. There are sections on flat, circular and tubular crochet, hairpin and Tunisian crochet and the delicate and time-consuming forms of Irish & Filet crochet. More unusual techniques such as crochet buttons and entrelac crochet are covered if you want to try something different. Unfortunately, there are no specific projects to make nor are there any instructions for specific crochet patterns but many of the techniques, for example on how to make three-dimensional flowers, could easily be incorporated into any crochet project. If you only want to own one reference book on crochet, this would be an excellent choice. --Journal for weavers, spinners & dyers June 08

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One of the best crochet instruction books I have experienced. It is complete and has easy to follow text complimented by great photos. I teach crochet and recommend this book to my students, both beginners and advanced.
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This is a brilliant book, in fact the entire series of books is brilliant (I have one on knitting and my mum has quilting, various embroidery books etc). The pictures are excellent - very clear, very detailed, with precise instructions on techniques. It covers the basics, holding the hooks, holding the yarn, then moves on to all the different stitches, joining techniques, shaping and so on. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in crochet, whether a beginning or advanced. If you have this book, you can probably teach yourself how to crochet.
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I both agree and disagree with previous reviewers. The A-Z of Crochet is a good book but it by no means exhaustive. If you are a beginner then you will learn lots from it. However, it is not an imaginative book and it also shows few examples of finished pieces - the photo's are very utilitarian. It's not a bad first book - although I would have wanted pretty pictures to inspire me to learn the craft. Some illustrative projects would have been good too - it's not a very big book, it could easily have been expanded. It covers quite a lot and I'm pleased that it explains tubular crochet well - it explains exactly where to put the markers in (many books do not). It does not explain circular crochet nearly well enough - it does not tell you how to efficiently increase your stitches each round (there is a formula which does work pretty well but it is not in here). It has different kinds of crochet - Tunisian, Irish and surface for example but I would say it only touches the very basics and does not put them properly in context - what they are and what you can do with them. Crocheting motifs is barely covered - if you count basic shapes they are there and they have a brief mention in Irish crochet. There are no Granny squares or methods specifically for joining them together - this will be disappointing for some. There is little multi-coloured work, a little entrelac but that is all. No jacquard (tapestry or 'picture') techniques. The methods for stitching up crochet are good and they are shown clearly - this was a plus for me.Read more ›
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