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Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting [Paperback]

Kim P. Werker , Cecily Keim

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9 Feb 2006 Teach Yourself Visually
This highly VISUAL guide makes it easier than ever to get hooked on crocheting

The approximately 30 million crocheters in the U.S. make crocheting one of today’s hottest hobbies. This VISUAL guide makes it easy to pick up a hook and a ball of yarn and get stitching, with clear, step–by–step presentations of techniques accompanied by detailed color photos that show readers exactly what to do. The book’s more than 20 patterns–everything from blankets to mittens to a man’s necktie–appeal to hip, modern crocheters.

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Do you learn faster by seeing and doing than by wading through tedious instructions? Then pick up some yarn and a hook and get crocheting! Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting shows you the basics—photo by photo and stitch by stitch. You begin with the basic tools and stitches and progress through variations, more complex stitches like Tunisian crochet, and techniques for reading patterns. With designs ranging from a simple but practical baby rattle to a cozy, fluffy cardigan, you′ll be creating masterpieces in no time.

Concise two–page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill or techniqueis defined and described
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step
  • Step–by–step instructions accompany each photo
  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

About the Author

Kim P. Werker is the founder and editor of Crochet me Online Magazine (, where she publishes hip and funky patterns and articles by recreational and professional crochet designers and enthusiasts. After a couple of earlier flings, Kim got addicted to crochet in her mid–20s. She is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and The National NeedleArts Association, and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the craft as a creative, stimulating, and relaxing medium of expression. Her next book will be published in the spring of 2006, and she’s looking forward to more crochet–related endeavors in the future.
Originally from New York State, Kim now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and their dog. When she sets down her hook and pen, she can be found skiing, reading, buying magazines, kicking back with friends, or knitting.

Cecily Keim documents her adventures in life, crocheting, and other creative endeavors at
Throughout her life, regardless of the type of study or type of job, making things has always fascinated Cecily. Her great grandmother, Mama Mac, taught her to crochet at age 9. Cecily is mesmerized by the endless possibilities of crochet and loves passing on the enthusiasm as a writer, designer, and teacher.
Cecily lives in Los Angeles, watches too much television and loves candy, her cats, and her boyfriend. She teaches crochet classes at Unwind. You can also find her demonstrating her designs on the DIY channel’s Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads.

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202 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners 10 Mar 2006
By kaimarie - Published on
I was searching for a new hobby when I came across this book. I'd never picked up a crochet hook in my life, nor had I had any prior experience with the craft. I bought my yarn and a few hooks, sat down with this book, and within a few minutes had begun to learn the stitches, now... after only two weeks of learning from this book (although I think a person could sit down and learn the basic stitches in a couple of hours) I have begun my first project. My work looks very nice, I am comfortable with the stitches and methods I have learned and practiced through this book and I know that once I learn all of the methods in this book I'll be ready to tackle just about any project or pattern I come across. The pictures help a lot, and with each "lesson" a picture of a completed rectangle using the stitch you are learning, it is easy to compare your work and make sure you are doing the stitch right.

I have reccommended this book to anyone I know that is looking to learn to crochet!

It has some very nice patterns in it, it walks you through so many different stitches with pictures of all of them and at the end they have projects you can practice with. This book is easy to follow, comprehensive, and perfect for a beginner like me.
124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only could have one crochet book... 19 May 2006
By Amy O'Neill Houck - Published on
This probably would be the one to get--it has the most comprehensive and easy to understand instructions of any guide I've seen. As a crochet teacher, I've watched students struggle with trying to reproduce what they see in the line drawings that are used in most instruction books. TYVC uses photographs which are well done and easy to follow and understand. Pretty much every aspect of crochet is discussed and cool patterns highlight the techniques your teaching yourself--I especially like the spiderwoman belt and the tunisian crochet tie.
90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, precise and easy to follow 10 Jan 2006
By Babs54 - Published on
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I'm a beginner crocheter and this book is one of the easier books to learn crocheting from. The instructions are easy to following. I like the pictures because they are easy to see the actual stitches and how they are suppose to look like. This book also includes patterns that I haven't seen in any other crochet book.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book I wish I had when I was learning. 18 May 2006
By M. K. Carroll - Published on
I learned to crochet as a child and was perfectly content to make blobby pieces of fabric to wrap around my dolls as avant-garde fashion. Later, as a teen, I wanted to learn more, and went through every book I could find in the public library and in the used bookstores. From multiple sources, I managed to learn what I wanted to learn.

This is the book I wished I could find back then, and the book I wished I had when I taught others to crochet. The step-by-step photos are nice and clear, the writing is uncomplicated, and all the basics are covered quickly in just two pages (no flipping back and forth in the book). When people tell me they want to learn to crochet, this is the book I recommend first. For so many people, it's much easier to learn visually!

In addition to the instructions, the patterns include the basics and are arranged so that you know what skills you need to make the finished item (the chapter on rectangles and what you can make with them is great!).

So why only 4 stars? It's a quibble that's not with the contents but with the binding. Getting the book to lay flat when open involves things like getting someone else to hold the book, weighing down pages and trying not to block out text or photos, or breaking the spine. While you can take the book to a print shop and have them do a spiral binding for you, it would be even nicer to be able to buy the book that way.

[full disclosure: my work has been published in Crochet me, the online magazine that is edited by Kim Werker. She has no idea that I'm writing this review. The only compensation I get for this is knowing that it's going to be easier for people to learn a craft that I love.]
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing crochet book! 11 July 2007
By T. Lazaridou - Published on
I've learned crochet from "Start Crochet / Crochet Basics" by Jan Eaton, a good illustrated book with clear instructions, but I've got bored within few months and stop crochet for more than a year. I decided to start again recently and bought this book. I was surprised after leafing through the pages; I didn't know that so many techniques exist!
I loved the way each technique and pattern is presented: clear step by step photos, pattern explained using crochet terminology and then in plain English. I finally understood the terminologies used in advanced books and on internet projects and now I can easily follow a pattern. Also I found out that I was doing crucial mistakes as result most of my projects weren't looking right as show in the final photos (one of the reasons I've got bored).
A great book for learning crochet but also to have it as a reference no matter at which stage you are.
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