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The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques Paperback – 10 Jul 2006
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August 06 Crochet, like knitting, is enjoying a revival at the moment and once again it is cool to be seen with needles or a hook and a ball of yarn. But crochet is a large subject, and if you think filet has something to do with fish or a broomstick is just for sweeping then this book will tell you much that you need to know. Unlike some books that go into a subject in depth you can learn from this one even if you have never picked up a hook before. It shows you how to hold the yarn, make a foundation row and all the basics such as measuring your work, blocking, sewing up and choosing yarn. This is not just a book full of basics though, and the rest of the chapters are filled with information aimed at the intermediate - or even advanced - crochet worker. Here is every stitch you have ever heard of (and some you haven't) all with diagrams and samples, joining squares and other shapes, making edgings, variations such as Tunisian, filet, hairpin and broomstick crochet and lots of examples to work. This is surely the best way of learning anything, and instantly raises this book above all those who don't give a pattern for an example. This is not truly a book of projects, and only a handful are given at the back to give you a taste of what you can do. Here too is the inevitable gallery of professionals work showing how crochet can look in the hands of a master, and how wonderful it would be if these patterns were here too - but they aren't. The only type of crochet missing (except from the gallery) is working with wire, which was a pity as it is so much a part of the current crochet revival. This aside, this is an excellent book that ought to keep anybody who is keen on learning or improving their skills occupied for a long time. Add some yarn and a hook and it would make a wonderful present for the crafter in your life! Myshelf.com Nov 06 Whether you are an avid crocheter or a complete beginner, this new book should definitely be on your shelf. Every aspect of the craft is comprehensively covered os if you are feeling out of practice or completely in the dark about a stitch or method, the Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques will clearly explain all. There is an introductory chapter on the essentials which includes all the basic skills from joining yarns, reading patterns and charts, tension as well as the 'building blocks' of crochet: slip and chain stitches, doubles and trebles. You then effortlessly move on to 'combination' stitches such as shells, clusters, bobbles as well as the many differentshapes that are possible such as chevrons, circles, squares and hexagons. Learning how to work intarsia crochet, tubular work, lacy stitches and filet crochet will keep you turning the pages and absorbing the methods and techniques. Even techniques such as Tunisian, Hairpin and Broomstick crochet are explored. There is a chapter with seven projects but by this stage you will probably feel confident enough to create your own with all the preceding information in the book. After all, with buttonholes explained and inspirational edgings, braids and fringes, it is difficult to stop the ideas coming! Coupled with the gallery at the end, it will be impossible to resist the urge to pick up a hook and get going straightaway. The techniques are all presented in manageable chunks which makes it easy to find the particular one you are after or, for the beginner, gives it a manageable feel which is not intimidating or overwhelming. After the large colour photographs in the initial chapter, the majority of subsequent stitches are explained with clear colour diagrams that are actually easier to follow than photos. Knit Today Spring 2007 Learning and developing a new skill is never easy, but if you're determined to master crochet there can be no better helping hand than The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques. Bursting at the seams with patterns and techniques, this book is a great visual learning aid, designed to both inspire and encourage. The first section deals with basic techniques and typical early problems. Then there's an extensive techniques section, which increases in difficulty as your skills develop. Seven full-scale projects are included. Finally there's a Gallery section, drawn from a variety of sources across the world. It features a range of crochet garments to challenge you. We defy you not to be inspired! Simply Knitting
About the Author
Jan Eaton is a needlecraft and textile designer. She has published many needlecraft books, including Country Crochet and Knitted Lace, and Crochet Basics.
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Chapter 1 covers basic skills, giving easy to follow instructions with lots of colour photographs.
Chapter 2 covers techniques and stitches, and covers a lot of variety. E.g. shell stitches, bobbles, popcorns, puff stitches, loop stitches, lace, chevrons, tubular crochet, circular motifs, hexagons, cords, etc. Most start with a step by step guide to the stitch, with colour illustrations, and then gives a row by row instruction, to at least one example of each.
Chapter 3 covers projects for you to try, covering a scarf, bags, pillow etc.
Finally chapter 4 gives a gallery of garments and accessories to inspire you, as well as a glossary and a list of suppliers.
N.B. A word of warning to beginners. In the basic skills section, for the half treble crocket stitch, step 2 reads "Draw the yarn through the chain, leaving three loops on the hook." This should be re-written as "wrap the yarn over the hook and draw it through the first loop, leaving three loops on the hook." This also needs changing in the 1st step in the treble crochet stitch. Hence the drop to 4 stars.
Overall an excellent book and worth getting.
Basic techniques are nicely shown but there's no information on better or more advanced methods, such as using foundation stitches instead of a starting chain, or the adjustable ring method of working in the round.
The section on seams and joining I thought very disappointing and sketchy, advocating less-than-optimum methods, and there aren't any tips on how to overcome common problems, such as the "hole" at the start of treble crochet rows (visible in the pictures), or what to do if your filet grid isn't square.
On the plus side, the book is very nicely produced and has good, clear pictures. For a new crocheter, or someone who wants to learn, it's a good overview, showing the huge variety of effects crochet can produce, but if you've moved beyond the basics, this book is not for you.