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Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet Paperback – 7 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts (7 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574862820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574862829
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet is just that. An encyclopedia. It has a huge amount of history. It goes over the tools you need to crochet. The yarn and just what that word means. The fibres and what they do and how they act. The stitches. Patterns. The amount of information is staggering and if you love crochet, this book is excellent. I have crocheted for many years on a beginner level and this book helped me understand how it all comes together and helped move me to beyond intermediate and well on my way to expert. This book really is money well spent if you want to know more about this incredible craft. It is easy to understand and gives extra sources at the end in case you need to know where to purchase things to enjoy this craft that for so long has been treated like a dirty secret. No more. Knitting move over. Not down, just over. There is plenty of room for both of us.
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HASH(0x8ea4596c) out of 5 stars Every Crocheter Should Have This Book!!! 7 Mar. 2003
By V. Hannaford - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been crocheting for over 30 years and have tons of books and patterns, but this book is one of the best I've seen. It is useful for someone who has never picked up a hook to an advanced crocheter who wants to pick up a new technique, project, or pattern.
Fist of all, it covers the basics--the history of crochet, how to crochet, stitches, yarns, threads, and needles. It also covers different techniques--filet crochet, Tunisian crochet, changing colors, wire crochet, bead crochet...etc.
The instructions are clear. I like that there are international symbols too. Also, the instructions of basic stitches and techniques are shown for left and right-handed crocheters.
There are lots of neat projects from baby blankets, to a challenging "Philosopher's Coat". Also, there is a pattern directory. I love the pineapple and strawberry patterns!
Also, it is a gorgeous book. It has a clean design and is a nice size and length--makes a nice coffee table book. The projects are modern and beautiful, and the photography is lovely.
I plan to make a pineapple afghan and try my hand at some bead crochet. Maybe one day, I'll try my hand at that "Philosopher's Coat".
There is so much information and instruction for just about anyone to improve their skills as a crocheter or to get started. It is a guide that I know I'll refer to often.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x903b7084) out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny 20 Feb. 2003
By Trish - Published on
Format: Paperback
Once you open this book you won't want to put it down. There are so many hints and beautiful patterns. The author includes very useful illustrations and instructions for the beginner, and many useful stitch patterns (insertions, edgings, textured stitches, filet crochet, etc) so that the more seasoned crocheter can add a few new tricks to her/his bag!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e8ba408) out of 5 stars Excellent Crochet Resource 12 Jan. 2004
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Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for beginners, and those interested in doing more on their own. I recommend this book to anyone who has just picked up crocheting. The directions are easy to understand and THOROUGHLY illustrated (a huge plus). The book also has a nice array of projects, but is more oriented as a reference, not a book of projects.
The section on different patterns is what I use most...again, thoroughly illustrated and photographed. Thanks to this book, I am making my own designs now instead of buying patterns from the store. There is also a great selection of trim/edging patterns, so you can add something special to an existing item, or add on to a current project.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I only wish there were more Donna Kooler projects for crochet available in stores (they all seem to focus on her needlepoint projects). I can't wait for her Knitting Encyclopedia to come out -- it's already on my wish list!
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f30e770) out of 5 stars Lefties too 11 Oct. 2002
By C. Tunney - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a really good crochet book with very clear instructions for both LEFT AND RIGHT hand crocheters. It has an inspiring number of old and new pattern stitches and some interesting projects (cute little fine yarn anklets & a multi, multi-stitch philosopher's coat). Love it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90effd38) out of 5 stars Great Stitch Gallery 8 Nov. 2004
By Crochet Queen - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wasn't too impressed by the projects, but the Pattern(aka stitch)gallery is well worth the price of the book. I have several crochet stitch books, you know like "300 crochet stitches". But this one had patterns that I'd never seen before and frankly were much more intriguing and beautiful than any I've seen elsewhere. Get this book for the stitch gallery, and make your own one-of-a-kind afghans!
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