Synopses & Reviews
Edie Eckman's classic Q&A reference is better than ever! In this revised and updated second edition, you'll find helpful answers to even more crochet questions, including new questions on broomstick lace, linked stitches, crochet cables, and much more. You'll also find illustrations for left-handed crocheters; up-to-the-minute information on new internet resources; and an expanded section on unusual techniques like Tunisian crochet. Whatever your level of expertise, you'll love having Edie Eckman's expert advice available at the turn of a page!
Edie Eckman s classic Q&A reference book has been updated with helpful answers to even more of your burning crochet questions. From beginning basics like yarn styles, stitch types, and necessary tools to detailed outlines of more advanced techniques, you can trust Eckman to deliver straightforward guidance and plenty of encouragement. With illustrations for left-handed crocheters and tips for broomstick lace, linked stitches, crochet cables, and more, The Crochet Answer Book is full of expert advice on every page.
I've never followed a pattern before. Where do I begin?
What's the difference between popcorn, bobble, and puff stitches?
What are the basics of Tunisian crochet?
How do I crochet cables?
Do you have tips for working with slipper yarn?
How do I join separate motifs?
About the Author
Edie Eckman is the author of the best-selling books Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, Around the Corner Crochet Motifs,Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, and The Crochet Answer Book,and Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree, as well as co-author of Crochet One-Skein Wonders. She is a nationally known teacher, designer, writer, and editor in both the crochet and knitting worlds. She lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Quick-Start Guide for New Crocheters
Chapter 1: Get a Grip…on Hooks and Other Tools
All about Hooks – Filling Your Tool Bag
Chapter 2: A Good Yarn
Kinds of Yarn – Yarn Facts and Figures – Yarn Substitutions – Working with Yarns – Working with Challenging Yarns – Endings and Beginnings
Chapter 3: Strong Foundations
Basic Foundation Chains – Variations on Foundation Chains
Chapter 4: In Stitches
The Basic Stitches – Placing the Hook and Turning Chains – Working with Basic Stitches – Decreasing and Increasing – Specialty Stitches – More about Stitches
Chapter 5: Tense About Gauge?
Getting Gauge – Gauge Matters
Chapter 6: Going in Circles…and Squares and Triangles
Good Beginnings – Happy Endings – Creating Flat Shapes – Problem-Solving Flat Shapes – Tips and Tricks – Granny Squares – Tubular Crochet
Chapter 7: A Whole Cloth
Search for the Perfect Fabric – Working with Color
Chapter 8: Pattern Language and Symbols
The Anatomy of Patterns – Size Matters – Pattern Talk – Finding and Using Patterns
Chapter 9: No-Sweat Sweaters
Analyzing the Swatch – Getting Oriented – Making the Right Size – Getting in Shape – Putting It All Together
Chapter 10: On the Edge
Crocheting Borders – Buttons and Buttonholes
Chapter 11: The Finish Line
All’s Well That Ends Well – Crocheter’s Block – Joining Motifs – Other Joining Stitches – Tender Care
Chapter 12: Something (Not Quite) Completely Different
Tunisian Crochet – Other Kinds of Crochet – Baubles and Beads
Standard Crochet Abbreviations
Common Crochet Terms and Phrases
Standard Body Measurements & Sizing
Head Circumference Chart
Shoe Size Chart
Suggested Sizes for Accessories and Household Items
Yarn Care Symbols
To Learn More
Metric Conversion Chart