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Hookorama: 25 Fabulous Things to Crochet Hardcover – 28 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: MQ Publications Ltd (28 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846011078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846011078
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachael Matthews was co-founder of the Cast Off knitting club with Amy Plant in 2000. Cast Off is a democratic and proactive knitting club, organising national events, including darning clubs, and knitting in public places. She visited New York at the Bust ' Craftacular' 2005, and won the hearts of the New York glitterati, as well as commendations from US arch-knitter Debbie Stoller. www.castoff.info.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Happy feet on 13 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes this book was an impulse buy and now I regret it. I dislike it intensely and wish to warn people away from it.
First, some background. I'm 48, female, and can do/have done knitting, crochet, macrame, sewing, embroidery, quilting, tatting, rug-making etc etc. I do these things intermittently and often need to refresh/update my skills. Currently recovering from surgery I thought I'd take up crochet again. You can crochet anywhere in any position (even lying prone!), it works up quickly and you don't lose stitches, but I knew I needed a reintroduction to the stitches and techniques and how to follow patterns. I have a low boredom threshold so was looking for patterns that were out of the ordinary but not too difficult. My sister recently produced some marvellous, practical yet out-of-the-ordinary items from a modern crochet book so I was looking for something similar. Hookorama seemed to fit the bill, so I bought it.
Initially, my disappointment was purely personal. I soon realised that the items to crochet were far too whimsical for my taste. I have no use for a parasol-cover, crocheted glasses, or baguette warmers (a stripey tube. That's all, a stripey tube.) However, I thought I'd keep it: the section on basic stitches is clear and helped to remind me of what you do when you crochet. So I thought that I would try out some of the patterns in order to get back into the way of things. That is when my problems started. Specifically:
1. Page 88, creamy coasters and placemats. chart circular diagram with no explanation on how to follow a chart. Struggled through, completed, proud of self. Felting comes into it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 2 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book last year thinking it looked like it might have some fun and funky ideas in it. I was never going to use a crocheted tea cup or wear a heavy crocheted fig leaf bikini, but as a relative newcomer to crochet, I thought I might pick up some useful tips and ideas.

I didn't. The book tries so very hard to be wacky but in actual fact is just annoying. You get the impression that the book was only ever written so that the author and her irritating mates, who pop up in all the photos, could have a bit of a laugh. There is seriously nothing in this book which would be of any use to anyone and there is nothing which even looks nice in a kitsch kind of way. I'm actually annoyed I wasted my money on it. I've now got several crochet books and without exception every single one is at the very least useful or inspirational on at least one count, except this one.

Steer well clear and buy Debbie Stoller's "The Happy Hooker" if you want to learn to crochet and any one of the various fab crochet pattern books on here if you want something a bit more advanced.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Flintoff on 4 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ok, well I've read the other reviews here and I'm rather surprised. I suppose they bought the book on a completely different premise to me.

I wasn't looking for particular patterns - I don't want to copy Matthews' ideas, and suspect that she doesn't really want me to either. Instead, the book gives me inspiration to muck about on my own, and provides what seem pretty comprehensive instructions on a variety of stiches.

Also, it made me laugh.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointing 14 Aug 2007
By serendipity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The projects in this book are useless, the pictures are lacking, and there is inadequate information for substituting yarns. I am the type of person that will buy a crochet book based on one project alone, big or small, useless or practical, but I was unable to find anything in this book that was original, and in general they lacked whimsy. To me, the projects looked messy, and i felt like the book was trying to pass on a disaster as something hip. The biggest complaint that i have about this book is that on most of the projects name brands of yarn are listed (that are neither economic, nor found easily) instead of yarn weight. This makes it extremely difficult if not impossible to substitute yarns. Most of the other crochet books that i own often give yarn name brands, but ALWAYS give the weight of the yarn, and the amounts needed. I am definitely returning this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More practical than Knitorama 11 Jan 2008
By Genevieve Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased "Hookorama" and its companion book, Knitorama: 25 Great & Glam Things to Knit, at the same time, and "Hookorama" is by far my favourite of the two. Like "Knitorama", "Hookorama" is filled with a wide array of exciting craft projects, but unlike its predecessor, many of these projects are both imaginative and practical, for example a hot-water bottle cover that looks like a sheep; a bag that looks like a pineapple and a "science experiment" sweater, complete with burn holes. The other projects that are included in this book are:
*a fig leaf bikini;
*a toy snake and crocheted fruit and flowers;
*a tea set;
*a daisy fascinator;
*a "popcorn" hat;
*a bib/collar thing;
*flip-top mittens;
*a tie;
*suit-case decorations;
*a saucepan handle cover and coasters;
*a hula-hoop cover;
*a mask;
*a parasol and lacy gloves;
*a wig;
*spats;
*a lacy top;
*knee warmers;
*a beaded choker and glasses chain;
*a lamp-shade cover;
*a book cover; and
*a crocheted candle with moths.

I have already crocheted the sheep hot-water bottle cover and I found the instructions simple to follow. There are basic how-to instructions at the start of the book for crochet novices (these include step-by-step photographs and are very clear) and I would say that many of the patterns in this book would be suitable for beginners.

The target audience for this book is clearly teens and young adults and unlike some other books that are aimed at this demographic, Rachel Matthews has succeeded in producing a series of patterns that young adults would actually be interested in making (I'm 26 and love the patterns in this book). I recommend this book to any young crocheters who are looking for something different to make or to anyone who possesses the requisite imagination to realize that a crocheted candle is not completely useless.
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
hookarama 9 Nov 2006
By Amy Gulley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was so disappointed in this book. There is nothing in this book that is feasable to make. It includes weird things that are not useful or practical for anyone. It does however have great how to's and pictures to help beginners.
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