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Can cause confusion...
on 5 January 2012
I used to be quite a good crocheter, being able to design my own items and pretty much do everything I needed to do. Having decided to take it up again, after more than 20 years, I thought this looked like a really good option as I could get a quick refresher course of everything I might need to know and get straight back into complex patterns, but it is just odd and although it is very useful for doing your own designs, it will not help you learn how to follow patterns.
The basic stitch in crochet is 'single crochet' (sc), which you will use very frequently - this is not referred to at all in this book! This book's method for doing double crochet (dc)is to put the hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over and then pull it through both stitches - this is the normal method for single crochet and is completely different from any other description of dc, where you put the wool over the hook, put the hook in the chain, pull the loop through chain, wool over & pull through two stitches, wool over & pull through final two stitches (you will find much better description on the internet!). In this book, that stitch is called a treble...and so it goes on. Very odd and I can't believe that nobody has picked up on this before. If you want to learn the correct stitches, your best bet is to look on the internet, where sites such as crochet pattern central or youtube will show you the proper methodology.
As a source for fancy stitches, this is great, but very annoying as you have to substitute their methodology for the stitches to get the effect, which can be confusing.
I would definitely not recommend this for beginners as what you are learning will mislead you when it comes to following other patterns (and your work will be substantially smaller than it should be!)
ADDENDUM TO REVIEW
I have just discovered that there is a chart which gives alternative names for the stitches at the back of the book...but this is on page 251! In the index there is no reference to 'single crochet' (sc), which means that unless you happen across this page, you will not be able to follow many patterns correctly. I have raised the book up to 3 stars, but given that most of the patterns you will come across (particularly on the net) require single crochet, I think the book needs updating and clarifying.