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Compendium of Crochet Techniques [Paperback]

Jan Eaton
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4 Sep 2008
Give a professional finish to your crochet garments and accessories with this indispensable compendium of technical know-how and trouble-shooting tips.Step-by-step photographs, diagrams, and clear instructions will guide you through each stage of your work, or you can dip in for help with a particular problem.Discover how to substitute yarns and accurately estimate the amount required; adapt patterns to create tailor-made garments.All stitches are demonstrated, from basic chain stitch to filet and Tunisian crochet, and there is advice on mixing and matching stitch patterns and dealing with gauge variations.Nearly every unit features a "try it" and/or a "fix it" panel, suggesting ways of practicing and developing new-found skills and avoiding or correcting common crochet errors.You'll also find plenty of inspiration for adding an extra-special touch to your work using hand-dyed yarns, beaded embellishments, and surface crochet.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484010
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines.

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Workshop On The Web: (Reviewed with Compendium of Crochet Techniques) Both these books offer a great deal of information (300 tips, techniques and trade secrets) in their respective subjects. They start with the basics (tools, yarns, tension) that you would expect in books of this kind, but also include interesting additions such as design and choosing the best look for your body shape. Both cover basic techniques which then lead onto ones that are more complicated and varied, so you could use this book from beginner to more advanced levels. Neither book has patterns or projects, and would be suitable for anyone wanting a comprehensive one-stop shop for achieving a great number of varied techniques and stitches. Both touch on dyeing and felting with interesting results, particularly the crocheted motifs, but you wouldn't want to buy the books for this reason alone. Useful books to have if you ever need to source a particular stitch or technique that you aren't familiar with. Machine Knitting Monthly: Now in paperback and bursting with technical know-how and trouble-shooting tips. We quickly learn how to give a professional finish to our crochet garments and accessories with this indispensable compendium. Step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions guide us through each stage of our work, or we can dip in for help with a particular problem. We discover how to substitute yarns and accurately estimate the amount required; adapt patterns to create tailor-made garments. All stitches are demonstrated, from basic chain stitch to filet and Tunisian crochet and there's advice on mixing and matching stitch patterns and dealing with gauge variations. You'll also find plenty of inspiration for adding an extra-special touch to your work using hand-dyed yarns, beaded embellishments and surface crochet. Crochet is an incredibly useful and versatile skill, and the perfect complement to knitting. Whether you're just getting started or a dab hand with a hook, you'll find great tips and new ideas in the 300 tricks and techniques described in the Compendium of Crochet Techniques by Jan Eaton. A clear, no-nonsense style and easy to follow walkthroughs make this an ideal book for crocheters who lack confidence in one area or another as Jan covers everything from basic techniques to colour theory and filet crochet.-Simply Knitting Newsletter

About the Author

Jan Eaton is a needlecraft and textile designer. She has published many needlecraft books, including Country Crochet and Knitted Lace, and Crochet Basics.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice style, where's the substance? 18 Oct 2008
Like all Jan Eaton's books from Search Press, this one is beautifully produced, with nice clear pictures. But oh dear, as with her Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques (note: this is *not* the same book, as another reviewer thought), the marketing department's enthusiasm seems to have run away with them. The subtitle "300 tips, techniques and trade secrets" appears to promise something that for me it just doesn't deliver.

From this description I was expecting a book for the intermediate to advanced crocheter, with discussion on alternative methods, dealing with common problems and so on. But it's another beginner book, giving a quick overview of a broad range of crochet stitches and types of project.

Many (most?) of the tips are simply basic instructions, e.g. in the Techniques section, how to make a slipknot, how to work into a foundation chain, how to work various kinds of stitches. There are "Fix It" and "Try It" sidebars at various points, but again most of the fixes are basic common sense rather than expert tips; for example, if unsure where to place patch pockets you are advised to pin them on and try on the garment in front of a mirror. If you're finding it hard following a pattern with multiple sizes, use a highlighter pen or circle the numbers for your size.

There's a tip on working extra starting chains to avoid counting mistakes. Yet, although extended (Elmore) stitches have their own section, there's no mention that the very same technique can be used to work a foundation row and starting chain in one, thereby eliminating any miscounting *and* the dreaded tight-chain problem.

I was delighted to see a section on socks and was so disappointed to find no useful information there at all.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Crochet Bible 21 July 2009
My mother taught me to crochet many years ago, but I never progressed much beyond making a "granny square" or a simple scarf. I recently decided to pick up the craft again, but wanted a reference book to help me with different stitches and techniques.

I'm absolutely delighted with this book. It starts at the very beginning describing various types of crochet hook (metal, wooden, plastic, etc) and then continues with information on yarns and their suitability for different items.

The following chapters include:
help on reading patterns, including symbol charts;
step-by-step guide to a variety of stitches, including filet crochet;
joining on new yarn, and finishing off pieces, plus how to sew in a zip;
how to make pockets and buttonholes, and trim your garment;
and finally, assembling the finished piece.
And there's much, much more.

Throughout there are bright clear pictures, and on many pages "try it" boxes: mini projects that will help improve your skills in different areas.

I've now got the confidence I needed and have started a lace shawl, which looks lovely! I would never have tried something so ambitious (for me!) if I hadn't had this book.

Highly recommend this book for those like me, who can do basic crochet, but want to improve their skills. I also think that some-one learning to crochet will find it invaluable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite... 24 Mar 2011
By Serena
Being a crochet fanatic and always searching for the next stitch and project, having bought several Jan Eaton books before I was all excited. But sadly it didn't last long. The tips and hints promised are miss meshed in with a lot of other writing as are the trade secrets. Not clear to read them, and easily missed as some 'tips' are on different pages to the stitches your trying to improve. Beautifully laid out though, with wonderful pictures, but again, it is just that, pictures. When it comes to making that wonderfully original edging or that lovely different shape, your having to look at a picture, no explanations as to how you create them. There is a lot of writing about the shapes,and styles, and granted if you can read a pattern and re-create by looking at a picture of it as I can, then wonderful. But a learner wouldn't find much substance in this book. Only a few stitches are explained, although VERY clearly explained I noted, how to incorporate them into a pattern was not there. Nor any suggestions of wool or yarn usages to create these trade secrets. Overall a nice book to have, providing your not just starting out, and have practice of most crochet stitches already. Not as good as her other books, purely because there are virtually no diagram instructions or written ones for the fancier stitches and I felt that a beginner would struggle to incorporate a lot of the tips when found,as they are so loosely pulled through the book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No experience required 14 Feb 2008
By Elaine B Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I suspect that this is the same as the Encyclopaedia of Crochet Techniques, so looking at the reviews for that book may also be helpful. The instructions are very good, I have more enthusiasm than experience when it comes to crochet and find this book very useful.
I thought it might contain actual patterns so if that's what you want then look elsewhere, it certainly has plenty of hints and tips on how to do things, and it does have information on stitches, and how to combine them, turn corners, or work in rounds - so you don't have to be a genius to make good use of the instructions to make something useful. I was tempted to give this 4 stars because there are pictures showing completed items I would like to make - but no instructions, but to be fair the book does say its a compendium of techniques - not a pattern book - so 5 stars it is.
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