Friday, 25 October 2013

Book Review 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

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The basics of crochet are very quick to master, but feeling confident about how to move beyond the basics and create a stylish, professional finish for all your crochet projects is a common dilemma faced by many crocheters. Presented in an easy-to-use format arranged by topic and cross-referenced, so you can dip in and out as needed for advice, this book offers hundreds of answers, fixes, insider tips, and secrets to help you along the way.
Divided into sections that cover a multitude of topics such as: choosing the right hook for you, putting gauge measurements to work, fool-proof ways of turning, quick fixes for uneven edges, shaping with increases and decreases, how to make neat corners, marking essentials, dealing with yarn ends, choosing the right seam and even how to look after crochet garments, 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets contains a wealth of technical knowledge and handy tips. Aimed at all crocheters, from the beginner to the more experienced, this book is a valuable addition to any craft library.

Chapter One
Hooks, Tools and Yarns
Choosing and Holding a Hook
Essential Tool Kit
Looking After Hooks
Which Yarn?
Changing Yarn

Chapter Two
Patterns and Charts
Understanding Crochet Patterns
Reading Symbol Charts
Mixing and Matching Stitch Patterns
Working From a Colour Block Chart
Working from a Filet Crochet Chart

Chapter Three
All About Gauge
Evaluating Drape
Garment Shapes
Getting a Good Fit From a Ready Made Pattern
Design Basics
Designing Scarves
Designing Shawls and Wraps

Chapter Four
Crochet Techniques
Working a Foundation Chain
Working Basic Stitches
Turning and Starting Chains
Understanding Stitch Patterns, Multiples and Repeats
Joining in New Yarn
Joining Lengths of Yarn
Working Filet Crochet
Working Lace Stitches
Working Shells and Fans
Working Clusters
Changing Scale
Working Chevron Patterns
Working Puff Stitches
Working Popcorns
Working Bobbles
Adding Texture with Post and Spike Stitches
Working Crossed Stitches
Shaping Filet Crochet
Making Inset Pockets
Neckbands and Collars
Button and Buttonhole Bands
Adding Buttons
Making Your Own Buttons
Working Edge Treatments
Edging and Insertions
Jazzy Trims and Fringes

Chapter Five
Working in the Round
Working Out From the Centre
Working a Basic Round Block
Fitting Blocks Together
Turning Corners on Shaped Blocks
Working in Layers
Making a Spiral
Joining Lace Blocks
Tubes and Cylinders

Chapter Six
Grouping Colours
Stripe Patterns
Working Jacquard and Intarsia Patterns
Felting Crochet
Applying Beads
Setting Up a Dye Studio
Handpainting Yarn with Acid Dyes

Chapter Seven
Dealing with Yarn Ends
Blocking and Pressing
Working Guidelines


200 Crochet Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets is available from Amazon

Disclosure: I buy sewing books from on-line shops with my own money, I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers. 

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