Surprisingly easy and quick, the techniques of crochet are simple to master and impressive pieces can be achieved without expertise. With just one stitch motion to learn, the rows grow fast, while making a crochet motif, such as a decorated square, is a satisfying quick fix. The rows can grow in a linear way, which is ideal for beginners, or you can work freehand to create your own effects. The speed and portability of crochet means it is the ideal pastime to enjoy while travelling on the train, waiting for the bus, or taking a work break. Unlike knitting, crochet has no machine equivalent, so each piece of crochet is unique. This quality is just one of the reasons for the revival of crochet in Europe and the US. Ethnic-inspired garments are set to be the great trend of the rest of this decade, and a new generation of crochet makers are discovering the joys of creative fulfilment combined with creating the latest look. These stunning projects, all designed with speed in mind, come complete with a step-by-step techniques section so you can get started right away.