Synopses & Reviews
Are you hooked on the art of crochet? Not only can you make beautiful pieces of art and work on it virtually anywhere, crocheting also provides stress relief and is a great way to pass time without wasting it. It’s a hobby that is highly addictive yet highly rewarding, though it may take a little bit more than a rainy afternoon and a ball of yarn to get started.
Whether you’re a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skills, Crocheting For Dummies shows you how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work. This hands-on guide provides step-by-step instructions and full-color photos that make it fun and easy to master the basics as well as more advanced techniques. You’ll have the tools you need to:
- Create consistency with a gauge swatch
- Decode crochet patterns, symbols, and diagrams
- Stitch a double, a triple, a double triple, and a half double crochet
- Increase and decrease stitches
- Crochet in circles
- Work with different colors
- Stitch texture and advanced patterns
- Create an Afghan stitch
- Make new styles with filet crocheting
- Join seams, sow buttons, add trims, and make pockets
- Block and care for your work
Packed with instructions on different projects, as well as common mistakes and safety measures you should take to maximize your progress and fun, Crocheting For Dummies is the only guide you need to start creating beautiful designs in no time!
Two crocheting pros show how to get started with this popular craft
Packed with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations as well as lots of fun projects for purses, hats, scarves, afghans, sweaters, and more this is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to pick up a hook and join the estimated 30 million American crocheters. The book shows novices how to select yarns, decipher crochet abbreviations, figure out gauges, create basic stitches and patterns, and much more.
Susan Brittain (Newton, NJ) is Associate Editor of Crochet Fantasy magazine. Karen
Manthey (Newton, NJ) is Editor and illustrates crochet patterns for Crochet Fantasy.
Provides readers with step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, and fun and easy projects ranging from simple hats and scarves to easy-to-follow sweaters and afghans.
8 pages of full-color photos illustrate projects in the book
Step-by-step instructions make it easy to get hooked on crocheting
Whether youre a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skills, this hands-on guide helps you choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work. Then, youll move on to more advanced techniques and make purses, hats, sweaters, and afghans. Youll also find out how to care for your crocheted items.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Read crochet patterns
- Select hooks and yarns
- Increase and decrease stitches
- Crochet in circles and squares
- Fix your mistakes
- Assemble a finished project
About the Author
fascination with crochet began very early, around 4 or 5 years of age. She would watch her grandmother, who had lost her sight in midlife, spend hours crocheting beautiful Afghans for friends and family, counting the stitches with her fingers. By the age of 8, Susan was crocheting her own projects, starting with simple patterns such as scarves and moving on to Afghans, toys, and sweaters. Although her creative streak has led her to learn many different crafts, crochet has been a steady thread throughout. Susan combined work with pleasure as assistant editor for Crochet Fantasy
magazine for a little more than two years, contributing as a designer as well. After moving west with her family, she continues to be a contributing editor and designer.
Karen Manthey’s first attempt at crocheting, while attending Mount Holyoke College, involved mixing wool and acrylic yarns to produce a granny square Afghan that (after washing and drying) resembled a relief map of the English countryside! Through the 1970s, while working as a graphic artist, Karen explored many arts and crafts, and her skill at crochet improved. In 1984, her training in art and understanding of crochet led her to a job illustrating the magazine Crochet Fantasy. Her task was to create the intricate crochet diagrams that accompany many patterns today, using the International Crochet Symbols. She soon moved on to editor of the magazine, while continuing to do the illustrations. Karen has also honed her skills by designing her own patterns and has had many of her creations published in Crochet Fantasy magazine. Her skill as an illustrator can also be seen in the book, Crochet Your Way, by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin.
Table of Contents
Part I: Crochet 101.
Chapter 1: Hooking into a Life of Crochet.
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 3: Creating Consistency with Gauge.
Chapter 4: Getting Down to Basics.
Part II: Basic Stitches and Techniques.
Chapter 5: Decoding Crochet Patterns.
Chapter 6: Long, Longer, Longest: Four Common Crochet Stitches.
Chapter 7: Shaping Up and Slimming Down: Increasing and Decreasing Stitches.
Chapter 8: I’ve Been Here Before: Crocheting in Circles.
Chapter 9: Crocheting in Technicolor.
Part III: Advanced Stitches and Techniques.
Chapter 10: Design 101: Crocheting Your First Sweater.
Chapter 11: Fancy Stitches That Steal the Show.
Chapter 12: Getting Creative: Working Stitches in Places You Never Thought Of.
Chapter 13: A Stitch in Time: The Afghan Stitch.
Chapter 14: Filet Crochet: Creating a New Style.
Part IV: Putting It All Together.
Chapter 15: When the Plan Comes Together: Joining Seams.
Chapter 16: Finishing Functionally: Borders, Buttons, and Pockets.
Chapter 17: It’s All in the Details: Embellishing Crochet.
Chapter 18: Neatness Counts: Blocking and Caring for Your Work.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Top Ten (Plus One) Crochet Resources.
Chapter 20: Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Crochet.
Chapter 21: Ten Variations on Crochet.
Appendix: Yarn Supply Sources.