Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting
This highly visual guide makes it easier than ever to get hooked on crocheting. The approximately 30 million crocheters in the U.S. make crocheting one of today's hottest hobbies. This visual guide makes it easy to pick up a hook and a ball of yarn and get stitching, with clear, step-by-step presentations of techniques accompanied by detailed color photos that show readers exactly what to do. The book's more than 20 patterns everything from blankets to mittens to a man's necktie appeal to hip, modern crocheters. Kim P. Werker (Vancouver, BC, Canada) runs the online magazine "Crochet Me". Cecily Keim (Los Angeles, CA) teaches crochet classes at the Unwind yarn store.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 202 x 226 x 16mm | 861.82g
- 04 Jan 2006
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
- Foster City, United States
About K.P. Werker
Kim P. Werker is the founder and editor of Crochet me Online Magazine (www.crochetme.com), where she publishes hip and funky patterns and articles by recreational and professional crochet designers and enthusiasts. After a couple of earlier flings, Kim got addicted to crochet in her mid-20s. She is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and The National NeedleArts Association, and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the craft as a creative, stimulating, and relaxing medium of expression. Her next book will be published in the spring of 2006, and she's looking forward to more crochet-related endeavors in the future. Originally from New York State, Kim now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and their dog. When she sets down her hook and pen, she can be found skiing, reading, buying magazines, kicking back with friends, or knitting. Cecily Keim 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. Cecily is mesmerized by the endless possibilities of crochet and loves passing on the enthusiasm as a writer, designer, and teacher. Cecily lives in Los Angeles, watches too much television and loves candy, her cats, and her boyfriend. She teaches crochet classes at Unwind. You can also find her demonstrating her designs on the DIY channel's Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Crochet. Join the Crochet Community. Crochet for Knitters. Find Resources on the Internet. Brief Notes on Designing. How to Use This Book. Chapter 2: Tools and Yarn. Hooks. Other Tools. Yarn Construction and Packaging. Yarn Fibers. Yarn Length and Dye Lot. Yarn Care and Storage. Yarn Weight and Care Symbols. Chapter 3: Getting Started and Basic Stitches. How to Hold Your Hook. How to Hold Your Yarn. Choose a Learning Yarn and Hook. Notes for Left-Handed Crocheters. Make a Slip Knot. Make a Chain Stitch. Make a Foundation Chain. Identify Parts of the Chain. Make a Turning Chain. Make a Slip Stitch. Make a Single Crochet. Make a Half Double Crochet. Make a Double Crochet. Make a Treble Crochet. Count Your Stitches. How Hook Size Affects Stitches. Take Your Measurements. Estimate Stitch and Row Count. Estimate How Much Yarn You Need. Chapter 4: Basic Techniques. Increase. Decrease. Decrease Gradually by Working Stitches Together. Create a Ring Using the Chain Stitch. Create a Ring by Using a Loop. Work in the Round: Rounds. Work in the Round: Spiral Method. Shape in the Round: Gradual Increases. Join a New Ball of Yarn and Change Color. Basic Finishing Techniques. Chapter 5: Stitch Variations. Make a Double Treble Crochet. Make an Extended Single Crochet. Make an Extended Double Crochet. Make an Extended Half Double Crochet. Make a Crab Stitch. Make a Border by Using Crab Stitch. Chapter 6: More Stitches. Work in the Front Loop or Back Loop Only. Make a Spike Stitch. Make Crossed Stitches. Work Double Crochet Post Stitches. Work a Treble Crochet Post Stitch. Chapter 7: Combining Stitches. Clusters. Bobbles. Puffs. Popcorns. Bullions. Chapter 8: Follow a Pattern. Work from a Pattern. Understanding Crochet Abbreviations. Read a Pattern. Understanding Gauge. Measure Your Gauge. Understanding Crochet Symbols. Chapter 9: Stitch Patterns. Mesh Fabric Using Crochet Arches. Crumpled Stitch Pattern. Crunch Pattern. Crunchy Dots Pattern. Granite Stitch Pattern. Trinity Pattern. Chevron Pattern. Shells with Double Crochet. Odd Shells Pattern. Popcorn Dance Pattern. Chapter 10: Motifs and Fun Shapes. Loopy Chain Flower. Simple Daisy. Add Layers to the Simple Daisy. Leaf. Corkscrew. Teardrop. Bauble. Triangles Using Increases or Decreases. Triangle in the Round. Pentagon. Rectangle in the Round. Granny Square. Mitered Square. Chapter 11: More Techniques. Use Stripes to Add Color. Follow a Charted Color Pattern by Stranding. Follow a Charted Color Pattern by Working Intarsia. Make Broomstick Loops. Make a Broomstick Loop Ruffle. Make Traditional Broomstick Lace. Make a Lover's Knot Trellis. Make a Clones Knot Mesh. Tunisian Simple Stitch. Tunisian Knit Stitch. Tunisian Purl Stitch. Increase in Tunisian Crochet. Decrease in Tunisian Crochet. Bind Off in Tunisian Crochet. Free-form Crochet. Filet Crochet. Make Filet Crochet. Full a Crocheted Item. Crochet with Beads. Chapter 12: Final Details and Finishing. Diagnose Mistakes. Fix Mistakes. Care for Crocheted Items. Make a Buttonhole. Seam Pieces Together by Sewing. Seam Pieces Together by Crocheting. Make a Single Crochet Edging. Make a Picot Edging. Make Pompoms. Make Fringe. Block Your Finished Project. Chapter 13: Simple Rectangles. Explore the Possibilities of the Rectangle. Simple Sampler Scarf. Stretched Taffy Scarf. Exquisite Washcloths. Cool Baby Hat. Noisemaker. Precious Clutch Purse. Chapter 14: Patterns. Oval Trivet and Circular Coasters. Beanie. Cloche. Sweet and Chic Granny Square Bag. Round Box. Tunisian Tie. It's a Shawl and a Poncho. Bold Bag. Spider Woman. Magnificent Bamboo Scarf. Cozy, Webby Sweater. Yummy, Scrumptious Blanket. Index.