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Solutions to common crochet quandaries are at your fingertips—anywhere you go
Crochet VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need—fast. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, plus time-saving tips, it covers:
- Selecting tools and yarn
- Working basic stitches
- Increasing and decreasing
- Working in rounds and colors
- Making puffs, bobbles, clusters, and knots
- Working Tunisian crochet, filet crochet, and lace
- Crocheting with beads
- Inter- preting patterns
- Diagnosing problems and fixing mistakes
New series A portable, full-color reference for crocheters on the go
Crocheting rivals knitting in popularity, but this book has no rivals in its appeal to enthusiasts. It features clear, step-by-step instructions and color photos that demonstrate often confusing techniques. Compact enough to toss into a tote bag, this is the practical, visual go-to, go-with guide crocheters will rely on for help when and where they need it.
Cecily Keim (Los Angeles, CA) learned how to crochet at age nine and teaches crochet classes at Unwind, a yarn store in Los Angeles. Kim P. Werker (Vancouver, BC, Canada) is the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine and runs the online magazine Crochet Me (www.crochetme.com). Keim and Werker are the coauthors of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting (0-7645-9641-1).
Solutions to common crochet quandaries are at your fingertips--anywhere you go
Crochet VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need--fast. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, plus time-saving tips, it covers: Selecting tools and yarnWorking basic stitchesIncreasing and decreasingWorking in rounds and colorsMaking puffs, bobbles, clusters, and knotsWorking Tunisian crochet, filet crochet, and laceCrocheting with beadsFinishingInter- preting patternsDiagnosing problems and fixing mistakes
About the Author
documents her adventures in life, crocheting, and other creative endeavors at SuchSweetHands.com. Throughout her life, regardless of the type of study or type of job, making things has always fascinated Cecily. Her great-grandmother, Mama Mac, taught her to crochet at age 9. Since hen crochet has become a favorite technique in her crafty arsenal. Cecily is mesmerized by the endless possibilities of crochet and loves passing on her enthusiasm as a writer, designer, and teacher. She teaches crochet classes and contributes her designs to magazines and books. She has also demonstrated her designs on the DIY channel's Knitty Gritty
and Uncommon Threads
Cecily lives in Los Angeles, watches too much television, and loves candy, her cats, and her boyfriend.
Kim P. Werker is the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine,. She is also the founder and Creative Director of CrochetMe.com, the online crochet community of innovative patterns, tips, and tutorials, and a playground for meeting crocheters from all over the world. After a couple of earlier flings, Kim got back into crochet in 2004. She is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and the National NeedleArts Association, and travels throughout North America to teach about crochet and to meet enthusiastic crocheters. She has appeared on the television show Uncommon Threads and will appear on the PBS shows Shay Pendray's Needle Arts Studio and Knit & Crochet Today. She was thrilled to work again with Cecily on this follow-up to their first book, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting. Kim's other books include Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution (Interwave Press, 2007), Get Hooked, and Get Hooked Again (Watson-Guptil 2006 and 2007, respectively).
Originally from New York State, Kim lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and their dog. When she's not crocheting, writing, editing, or traveling, she enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, and playing in the garden.
Table of Contents
1. Hooks and Yarn.
Compare Hook-Size Labels.
Other Tools and Notions.
How to Read Yarn Labels.
Estimate Yarn Requirements.
Substitute Different Yarn.
How to Handle Store-Bought Yarn.
Yarn Care and Storage.
2. Basic Stitches.
Foundation Single Crochet.
Anatomy of a Chain.
Half Double Crochet.
Count Your Stitches.
Teach a Child Basic Stitches.
3. Basic Techniques.
Decrease By Leaving Stitches Unworked.
Decrease by Working Stitches Together.
Crochet in the Round.
Create a Ring Using Chain Stitches.
Create a Ring Using a Loop.
Use a Chain Stitch as a Ring.
Basic Shaping in the Round.
Join New Yarn.
Weave In Yarn Ends.
4. Advanced Stitches.
Double Treble Crochet.
Extended Crochet Stitches.
Work in Front Loop or Back Loop Only.
5. Beyond the Basic Techniques.
Work with Color: Stranding.
Work with Color: Intarsia.
Work with Color: Tapestry Crochet.
Crochet with Beads.
Triangles Using Increases o Decreases.
Triangle in the Round.
Rectangle in the Round.
Seam Pieces Together by Crocheting.
Care for Crocheted Items.
7. Working from Patterns.
How to Read a Pattern.
Adjust Your Gauge.
Take Your Measurements.
How to Read a Chart.
Standard Measurement Charts.
8. Diagnose and Fix Problems.
Recognize Extra Increases and Decreases.
Fix Extra Increases and Decreases.
If Something Still Seems Wrong.
Use Stitch Markers.
Working with Splitting Yarn.
Smooth Uneven Sides.
Loosen Up a Tight Foundation chain.
Fix the Fit of a Garment.
Appendix: Online Resources.