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Crochet for complete beginners - and for lefties!
on 16 April 2006
Claire Bojczuk is a very fine woman indeed. I say she's a fine woman, because she has produced an amazingly clear and simple guide to learning how to crochet - with right and left handers treated with the same respect. The diagrams and drawings are real, that is you can recognize what's going on in them - and she never assumes that as a left-hander you'll just 'work it out for yourself'. All the instructions are 'step by step' and she not only gives written instructions but introduces symbol charts once you've got the hang of the basic techniques. You'll find all the different stitches and techniques on their own pages for easy reference, starting with how to hold the hook and how to make the initial slipknot through to increasing and decreasing and working in the round; nothing is assumed or left to chance.
Claire also explains UK and USA terminology (same words - different stitches!), yarn thicknesses and hook sizes, tension, ball bands and how to read the information on them, finishing, joining work, right and wrong sides and keeping track of your work and the pattern. This is truly a booklet for the complete beginner - you don't need any kind of prior experience, or, indeed, to be a knitter to understand what to do.
There are 11 projects which are described clearly and take you through the basics and beyond. You will find baby bootees and blanket, hair scrunchies, bracelets, bags, pillows, washcloths, a scarf and lace edgings, with and without beads. 64 pages, not an inch of space wasted, light enough to carry with you.