Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Up to 70% off Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Shop Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

130
4.4 out of 5 stars
Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker
Format: PaperbackChange
Price:£10.99+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a good book. Stoeller assumes that you do not know a thing about crochet, and with the aid of clear diagrams and sassy instructions, shows you what to do. Within thirty minutes of playing with the hook, I actually found myself crocheting flowers. Then, in a day, I did the one skien scarf.

I appreciate the fact that Stoeller recognises both the British and American terms for the stitches used, this is very helpful. Stoeller also goes through the various types of crochet - from tunisian to filigree.

I will admit, the patterns are cute, but they tend to be unclear at times. You do need to use the errata. For instance, with the flower necklace (the first project) there are no instructions in terms of how to join the flowers together while crocheting.

Overall, a good book to have in your collection, especially if you can get it on sale. Money well spent.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I have used to crochet and made a granny square that was absolutely vast for a double bed but never managed anything harder.

I decided to get back in crochet and tried a couple of books and various websites to learn how to do the basic row. Nothing worked! They omitted how to tell you how to do the basics in the first row and how to get going.

This book explains things extremely well and now I can do it! Dead easy to follow with a good sense of humour.

The patterns are lovely. I cant wait to start on my flower scrarf. Her writing is fun and a bit saucy. Well worth the money and I hope there are more crochet books from her soon.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2006
I've just started crocheting and was looking for some interesting patterns to get past the granny square stage. I found them in this lovely book. The shawl is working up a treat, the writing is great and the patterns pretty much all tempting!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2007
Excellent Book! Lots of pertinent information in it for beginner and experienced hookers alike. Excellent instruction on the patterns. Easy to follow and good patterns as well. Not just scarves and mittens.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2009
The instructions and information in this book take up the first half and are excellent. You will find tons of useful information written in a friendly, chatty and enjoyable way. It tells you much of the stuff you really need to know and includes helpful tips. My three stars is for this part of the book alone (and if you double them you get six stars and in my view this part of the book is worth that). I wouldn't want to be without this book as the information it provides is what gets me through crochet's many learning curves. Please bear in mind that this is an American book and terminology is different from that used in English crochet. This is all explained and as long as you stick to one or the other it will not be a problem. The book explains all this amongst other things. This is all excellent.

Now I come to the not so good part - in fact I think it is awful! I think that the patterns are dire. They seem ill-fitting and poorly designed. The colours are hideous (screaming primary colours and black, or pale pink and black for example, along with bright orange) and are like relics from the 70's (in a bad way). If you changed loads of things then some of them would be just about usable - but really why would you bother? I have seen so many beautiful modern crochet patterns to die for that these just don't cut it at all. Of course the other problem English users of this book have is that the recommended wool is probably not available in the UK. However, there is information about substitution of yarn for those wanting to have a go anyway.

I would recommend this book wholeheartedly for the first half, but if you share my tastes and obviously many don't, you may find you want to look elsewhere for projects - once you have armed yourself with knowledge from this book. But yes, do buy it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 April 2009
I liked this book and found the style very engaging but as I used it to teach myself I'm now struggling with British patterns as we use the same terms to mean different things (e.g American slip sitich is our single crochet, our single crochet is their double crochet etc).

It really throws me and I wish I'd used a British book to learn from before picking this one up.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2008
Like a lot of people, I taught myself crochet from this book. All the technical stuff is clear and easy to understand, there are great patterns and despite the fact that it is written using US terms - that is no problem. Perfect for the beginner or someone who hasn't crocheted for years.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2009
I can do it !!! Ive made several of the beautiful items in here, without knowing how to crochet before. Does what it says on the tin, easy to follow with brilliant graphics of several different types to help you understand the different methods and stitches. Very well laid out, and projects for a range of ability levels build your confidence easily. The only thing that needs pointing out is this is an american book and their stitch names are different to ours which could potentially ba very confusing and would affect your patterns - however, it didnt affect me, ive just learned it the american way and hey....it's great !!! Have made lovely hats and scarves with beautiful wools for winter that no-one else has, and cost me a fraction of the price that buying them would !. Be prepared for your friends to start asking, "will you make me one, please ?". Enjoy...I did and still am.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2011
I have been wanting to learn crochet for about 8months. I have tried and failed to learn traditional knitting several times, from books, from Gran, from friends, yet I fail every time. I'm 40 now and not daft but knitting....sheesh give up. I'm a silversmith so it's not as if I can't work in 3D or am not coordinated or good with my hands, so I thought crochet should be tried and I like how you can freeform it and make all sorts of 3 dimensional forms, make psuedo-lace stuff, make non-stretch and stretchy stuff...all with one hook and your hands. So I bought a book and failed to 'get it' yet again, another book followed, and another. I've had 2 different people show me...then I started to sort of get it but would forget it by the time I got home (I have difficulty remembering repetitive sequences, numbers etc). Then I read all the reviews for this book and decided to give it one more go.....BINGO! I now have a table full of samples where I've made every learning sample technique in the book (about half the book before you go to the section on patterns for clothes and accessories). After struggling a day or so grasping how you move on from your foundation chain, I finally cracked it by staring and staring at the illustrations and re-reading the instructions and keeping at it and now, 3 balls of yarn use-up later...I'm away. Seriously the instructions are very good, conversational with lots of analogies to help you understand what she's talking about, with reasonable illustrations and very good clear photos. The projects of stuff to make have about 4 items I will make; fingerless gloves, a lovely evening shawl, a summer cowboy-style hat and a jumper, rest of the stuff is a bit twee. Good explanations and charts showing differences in UK and USA stitch names and hook sizes. It also teaches you how to read those wierd diagrams, how to understand pattern instructions...I'm already looking at other books now just for contemporary clothes patterns to make and have ebayed more hooks. If it worked for me, then you should try it too. There's a page in the first half of the book which gives you a web address for the latest erratums, I checked against my copy and there were indeed still a few errors, so I went through and penciled them in before I started. Enjoy and good luck!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2009
I am glad I bought this book; the first half teaches you how to crochet and is really for complete beginners upwards; it is very clear and easy to follow and has handy reference points which enable you to create your own designs without going wrong; for example, how many stitches to chain up for each type of stitch plus info on how to read a pattern.
The patterns themselves are varied and although shown in 'trendy' colours could easily be executed in more muted tones to create more traditional items.
I have left off one point only because there is quite alot of 'errata' (mistakes in the patterns) which you would do well to download and print out off the author's website before attempting any of the designs.
But well worth the money and nicely written too!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed

Modern Crochet: Crochet Accessories and Projects for Your Home
Modern Crochet: Crochet Accessories and Projects for Your Home by Molla Mills (Hardcover - 18 Sept. 2014)
£13.60

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.