Synopses & Reviews
Written with the absolute beginner in mind, this engaging book teaches all the basics for learning to crochet with step-by-step instructions and photographs. Crocheting skills are learned by working on projects, beginning with something very easy and getting progressively more difficult as the reader works through the book. New skills are explored in depth as they are introduced. The introductory section covers all the basics of crochet-selecting yarn, hook types and sizes, other tools and accessories, crochet gauge, chaining, forming the basic stitches, reading patterns-making this the most comprehensive beginner’s book available. The online video tutorials created to supplement this book are an additional learning tool demonstrating the essential techniques used in crochet.
"Learn to crochet from a book? Yes, if it happens to be this one, written by a woman who learned the craft as a child and has since taught numerous beginners and enthusiasts alike. Like other books in the Look, Learn and Create series, which runs the gamut from origami to quilting, this one begins with basics. Burger then follows with instructions for 16 projects, each one designed to expand on a previously taught skill or to demonstrate a new one. From a very simple scarf, created by knotting together separate rows of chain stitch worked in different colors, to an intricately patterned cowl, to a pair of custom-fitted slippers, the book thoroughly prepares readers to pursue the craft. Full-color, close-up photos accompany step-by-step instructions, and text boxes heading each project allow crocheters to gather necessary materials beforehand and preview the skills they will learn by following the directions. The covered spiral binding may need reinforcement, but it's a bonus for crocheters, whose hands are already thoroughly occupied. Suggest Seamless Crochet
, by Kristin Omdahl, and Custom Crocheted Sweaters
, by Dora Ohrenstein, to those ready for more challenges."
— Booklist, December 15, 2012
About the Author
Dee Stanziano is well known as "The Crochet Cheerleader" for her enthusiasm for the Art of Crochet. Crocheting since early childhood, Dee began teaching crochet classes locally in 2000, and started teaching nationally in 2008. She is a Certified Crochet Teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America and accredited through the Fashion Institute of Technology; in 2008, Dee was voted as "Most Educational Crocheter" on Ravelry.com. Dee is a Professional Member of the Crochet Guild of America; and founder of the CGOA Chapter: The Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club located in Danbury, CT. Dee started publishing her crochet patterns in 2002; her crochet work has been displayed at various museum exhibits & events, and has won many ribbons at various fairs and competitions. Dee can often be found offering her crochet enthusiasm and expertise at Warm Up America, Craft Yarn Council, and Save the Children events.
Table of Contents
Chain Gang Boa
Single Crochet in Rows
Bright and Bold Coasters (A)
Bright and Bold Coasters (B)
Single Crochet in Rounds
Roll Brim Cloche
More Single Crochet in Rounds
Phunky Phlowered Phone Carrier
The Double Crochet Stitch
Double Crochet Motifs in Living Color
Grab-and-Go Granny Bag
Putting it All Together
Combining Stitches, Reading Charts
Flower Power Retro Beanie
Cozy Cowl and Cuffs Set
Multi-Row Stitch Patterns—Lovely Lace!
Surface Textures and...A Garment!
Stitch Sampler Vest
A New Stitch, and More About Schematics
Any Foot Softy Slippers
Introduction to Threadwork
Filet Crochet Bookmark or Table Topper
Tunisian (or Afghan Stitch) Crochet
Snuggly Scarf with Pocket Pal
Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts to Success
Harlequin Shells Hooded Scarf
Abbreviations and Symbols