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Debbie Stoller
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1 Feb 2006 Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet
Debbie does crochet! Debbie Stoller, the "knitting superstar", has been leading an entire movement of hip young knitters with her "New York Times" best seller "Stitch 'n Bitch" and it's follow up "Stitch 'n Bitch Nation". But guess what? For every one knitter in the world there are three crocheters - which translates into millions of hip and crafty crocheter's ready to be happy hookers with stitch 'n bitch attitude. Written in cheeky chick style, this heavily illustrated book - featuring four-colour photographs and instructional illustrations throughout - is chock full of instruction, inspiration, and to-die-for designs, from a fishnet skullcap to a lacy evening wrap. For knitters and new crocheter's exploring the hook comes the primer, a discussion of tools, what the gauges mean, plus basic techniques and stitch patterns - including the chain stitch, picot, flowers, filet crochet, changing yarns, and finishing. 40 fabulous funky projects - and no there are no grandma's doilies!

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; 1st Edition edition (1 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761139850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761139850
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 20.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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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 entree 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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120 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from Leeds 12 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
Loved it! I have been knitting since I was 5 (nearly 30 years) but could never crochet, being left handed neither of my Grans could get their heads round it being backwards, so when I heard this was coming out I was very pleased. I have both Debbie Stollers stitch and bitch books and this is very much in the same vein. Great history, personal stories, and best of all for me patient and well explained instructions. Also loads of very cool patterns - where else would you find a crochet cowboy hat? After very little time I have made a flower and I think mastered the basic stitches. Other patterns are skirt, halter top,i-pod cozies,shawl, scarves, afghans, toys, bags, accesories, cape, slippers, gloves, doormat and more! It was interesting coming to this 3rd book as someone who really needed the basic instructions this time rather than just the funky patterns - now I realise how good her writing is. Fantastic value, can't wait for her next one. P.S. it's still a challenge being a south paw but it's worth a go.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from a crochet virgin 20 April 2006
By Jen
Format:Paperback
this is a super book. Neither of my grans can crochet and my mum claimed to know how but when it came to it she actually didn't have a clue. I've tried to learn from online tutorials and other books in the past but they were all useless so I was getting desperate. With this book I learned in less than a week. The instructions and diagrams are clear and the patterns are all nice things you might actually make. My only complaint is that all the patterns are for worsted weight yarn and all the patterns are for branded yarns that I can't find anywhere (the book is American). But that's a small gripe since you can convert them for yarn you like.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking crochet! 5 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is amazing. I have tried to learn to crochet before using the "Crochet for dummies" book which made me assume i really was a dummy as i couldn't understand it! I spent many frustrating hours attempting to make things and getting nowhere. However, Debbie Stoller is a genius and in half an hour i had learnt all the different basic stitches as well as how to crochet in a circle. The book is funny as well as informative and has really detailed instructions and pictures. Obviously written by someone who can remember what it's like to have no idea how to crochet! Good stuff.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 28 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
I have always been a knitter & (if I'm honest) looked down on crochet as too frumpy. I am eating my words now. In a few days I have managed to make some georgous flowers for the scarf in the book & I have NEVER crocheted before. Wonderful. And so fast compared to knitting. The book is really clear & the diagrams second to none. If you only want to get one how-to-crochet book then get this one & Happy Hooking!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So clear and easy to follow! 21 Oct 2006
By Diane J
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Wow, this is exciting for a crochet book! The instructions are easy o follow and clearly illustrated, the projects funky and modern and although the writer is American she gives European equivalents for hook size and yarn weight.I'm hooked!!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspiring! 5 Dec 2006
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Debbie Stoller has done a cracking job with this book; the projects are very cute, very cool, and you won't know which one you want to try first. The instructions are so clear, I had no problem picking it up despite being left handed, and a total beginner. Happy hooking!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twirl that yarn! 30 Aug 2006
By maugham
Format:Paperback
The lady in the yarn store asked me as I bought some beautiful yarn and a crochet hook, "Do you have somebody to teach you to crochet?" I lied and said I did. I was frightened that she would refuse to sell me the yarn otherwise.

I speedily hopped up to the bookshop and before I knew it I was holding in my hands the "friend" who would teach me to crochet: Debbie Stoller's "The Happy Hooker". Later, with my yarn in my hands and the book propped open on the desk in front of me, I taught myself to crochet within the afternoon.

This book is a great tutor, and I look forward to many happy hours twirling that yarn and making beautiful garments and throws, all thanks to The Happy Hooker.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching this knitter to crochet at last! 24 May 2007
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I have always been a knitter rather than a crocheter and I bought this book originally because I had enjoyed Debbie Stoller's other books - but as this one was crochet, I only glanced at it and it sat on the shelf unread for a long time. Just recently, I found a crochet item that I really wanted to make and The Happy Hooker came down off the shelf at last!

When I read her knitting books, I already knew how to knit but nevertheless I very much enjoyed them - and still managed to learn a lot from her clear and amusing style of writing. So it was interesting to approach this book from the point of view of a beginner to the craft. I'm currently working through the book and not only am I actually learning how to crochet but I'm enjoying every minute of it! Like another reviewer, I've also looked at Crochet for Dummies, which is quite useful but dreary - Stoller's book makes learning a pleasure! I find her instructions and diagrams extremely clear and easy to follow and she seems to explain things that other publications don't.

As a UK reader, I like the fact that she has tables giving the alternate UK and US equivalents for hook sizes, yarn types and stitch names. I'm pencilling in the UK names of the stitches as I get to them. (The Dummies book, by contrast, just briefly mentions the fact that the UK stitch names are different but doesn't tell you what they are! What sort of use is that?)

The book is very witty and sparky, and attractively produced, so the reading is a pleasure in itself, besides the fun of learning a new craft. I've never persevered with crochet before but Debbie Stoller's combination of humour and clarity are carrying me through this time. I've not got as far as making any of the patterns yet but there are quite a few I'd like to try - and I'm an oldie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice pressie
i got this for my sister who loves to crotchet, i thought the title was funny which is what drew my attention to it. she was delighted by it and loves the patterns
Published 10 days ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a crochet book I can follow
Brilliant written instructions and diagrams which this spatially challenged individual found very useful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by delia shephard
5.0 out of 5 stars Reply
I chose this rating as the book came quicker than I thought. It is a bright book, full of fresh ideas, with easy to follow instructions. I have recommended it to several people.
Published 2 months ago by June Skelhorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Explanations of basics very clear, even for beginner.
A wide range of excellent projects - mainly clothes, but things you could / would wear. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Prof
1.0 out of 5 stars The 90's called, they want their book back.
I bought this book on a whim as I'd just started to crochet. It's never been used as 99% of the designs are very much dated. Think Steps in their heyday, B*witched, The Coors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Parks
3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to buyers of this book
I'd like to thank all those of you who bothered to put up photos of the projects in this book. If I can't see what's in a book I don't buy it!. Take note publishers....
Published 3 months ago by Frosty
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only ever buy one crochet book, make it this one
This fantastic book started me on a love of crochet. Simple easy to understand and follow instructions, excellent drawings of exactly how to do it, where to put your hook, full... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Birdlebee
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear instructions and helpful pictures
This book was brilliant for teaching myself to crochet - the diagrams are really clear. The section on the history of crochet was surprisingly interesting too! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. P. Pert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's book
I haven't used any of the patterns yet, and I already knew crochet basics. Crochet terms are US.
Overall it's great fun, and has fantastic diagrams/ illustrations to show you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LadyPepa
5.0 out of 5 stars better than expected
great style, easy patterns, lots to make - this is going to keep me busy for weeks. Wish I had discovered it ages ago.
Published 6 months ago by candle jane
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