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Not Your Mama's Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang Paperback – 19 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (19 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620458349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620458341
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,122,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Forget ugly afghans and dainty doilies and think luxurious throws and sumptuous sweaters. You can crochet cool stuff that will make everyone envious--things to spice up your wardrobe and your pad, or gifts to amaze your ""I could never do that"" friends. Choose from nearly thirty projects ranging from elegant to earthy--from a chic shrug to a recycled denim rug and from fun plush toys to sweaters too good for boys.

In hip style, this guide covers: All kinds of yarns and materials, and the tools of the tradeThe basic stitches, shaping, finishing techniques, blocking, and moreSimple projects that give you close-to-instant gratification and more complex ones that take some commitmentSuggestions for customizing every design and personalizing every project

Intone your creative mantra and get your hooks into a terrific project. With ""Not Your Mama's Crochet,"" you won't just make unique, chic items--you'll make a statement.

About the Author

Amy Swenson has come a long way since she crocheted blankets for her dolls. She now markets her own line of original patterns for knitting and crochet, IndiKnits, sold in over 100 shops across North America and on www.indiknits.com. Her designs have been featured in many popular books and online magazines.


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I hoped the designs would be a lot more fashionable than they turned out to be, but had a really good look through and none of them were to my taste. Sent this one back to Amazon.
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Originally I bought Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More, one of those cute books showing you how to crochet amigurumi monsters. As a complete newcomer to crochet I found it quite difficult and so a friend recommended I try 'Not Your Mama's Crochet' as a starting point.

Amy Swenson's guide is crochet is fantastic - told with a sense of humour the tips and instructions on how to create basic stitches and more complex patterns were just what I needed. With lots of plain, easy-to-understand diagrams I was on my way to crocheting my first amigurumi zombie in no time. I use the book as a handy reference guide every time I come across something new and it hasn't let me down yet - for a beginner it is perfect.

The book has tried (admirably) to include fashionable patterns for clothing and accessories and almost achieved it - most of the items can be easily customised to suit your taste anyway.

I found this book so useful that I went on to buy others in the series - Not Your Mama's Knitting: The Cool and Creative Way to Pick Up Sticks (Not Your Mama's Craft Books) and Not Your Mama's Beading: The Cool and Creative Way to String 'em Along (Not Your Mama's Craft Books)
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I love this book- I made the sari silk shrug as a present for my sister. The patterns are easy to follow and the yarns are easy to source, as you get substitution suggestions, which is handy (I hate American books full of American yarns!)

If you're a beginner or fancy something unusual, I recommend this book!!
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This book was not to my taste at all. The pages were of poor quality and not that easy to follow. Happy Hooker is better by far.
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