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Crocheting for the first time is fun, inspiring, and easy with Sara Delaney as your guide. An expert crochet teacher, Delaney addresses the questions every beginner asks and teaches the techniques you need to be successful. By clearly explaining how to understand the structure of stitches, make simple increases and decreases, crochet in rounds or rows, and read patterns, Delaney's instructions will give you confidence. Before you know it, you'll be transforming your practice swatches into coasters, doilies, scarves, afghans, and more.
Get hooked on crochet and bring handcrafted charm to your home and wardrobe. This fun introduction to crocheting presents all the basic techniques you ll need to get started. Sara Delaney provides easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for joining, fastening off, selecting color schemes, and much more. Learn how to read crochet patterns and work a basic chain with single or double stitches. You ll quickly be on your way to crafting your own pretty potholders and delicate scarves.
The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You'll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns, and working with different shapes. Working on small projects, such as a simple potholder or scarf, gives you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.
About the Author
Sara Delaney has been crocheting since she was 7 years old. She studied clothing design and construction for 3 years. She's been teaching sold-out crochet classes at WEBS since 2007, where she also wrote the core curriculum for WEBS' crochet courses and workshops. She has also led crochet workshops at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair. She designs and publishes her patterns both independently and through Coats & Clark and WEBS. She lives in Belchertown, MA and blogs at <>.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Getting Started in Crochet
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Your Materials
The One Essential: A Hook - The Yarns We Love to Use - Becoming a Crocheter
Chapter 2: Getting Started: Forget the Chain!
Easing into Single Crochet - Why a Turning Chain? - Crocheting into Existing Stitches - Practice Makes Perfect
Chapter 3: Chains: Your Foundation
Evaluating Your Chain - Counting Chain Stitches
Chapter 4: Basic Crochet Stitches
Beginning to Work from a Foundation Chain - Half Double Crochet - Double Crochet - Treble Crochet
Chapter 5: Gauge
Swatching for Gauge: Getting Started - Why Does Gauge Matter? - Making Good Use of Your Swatch - Check and Double-Check
Chapter 6: Working in the Round
Get the Stitch Height and Count Right - Joined Rounds - Spiral Rounds
Chapter 7: Perfecting Techniques
Changing Yarns - Hiding Your Tails by Working Over Them - Adding an Edge - Finishing
Chapter 8: Pattern Reading
Patterns for Rows - Patterns for Rounds