Monday, 21 October 2013

Book Review Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet The Happy Hooker

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Debbie does crochet! Debbie Stoller, the "knitting superstar", has been leading an entire movement of hip young knitters with her "New York Times" best seller "Stitch 'n Bitch" and it's follow up "Stitch 'n Bitch Nation". But guess what? For every one knitter in the world there are three crocheters - which translates into millions of hip and crafty crocheter's ready to be happy hookers with stitch 'n bitch attitude. Written in cheeky chick style, this heavily illustrated book - featuring four-colour photographs and instructional illustrations throughout - is chock full of instruction, inspiration, and to-die-for designs, from a fishnet skullcap to a lacy evening wrap. For knitters and new crocheter's exploring the hook comes the primer, a discussion of tools, what the gauges mean, plus basic techniques and stitch patterns - including the chain stitch, picot, flowers, filet crochet, changing yarns, and finishing. 40 fabulous funky projects - and no there are no grandma's doilies!
Stoller's "Stitch 'N Bitch" and "Stitch 'N Bitch Nation" have become icons of the knitting craze: every hip young needleworker has at least one of them next to the yarn stash. Now, she uses the same approach that made her knitting books so successful in this entree to sexed-up hookwork that takes pains to show crocheting isn't for grandma anymore. Stoller provides everything short of the hook and yarn a crafter will need to learn how to crochet. From a history of the craft to mind-bogglingly complete instructions and dozens of charted and explained patterns (the majority of which are for women's clothing and accessories--there are no afghans here), it's all presented in Stoller's bright, witty style and accompanied by cheery color photographs. Beginners will like the easy construction of the "Stripes (and Stripes) Forever Scarf," and intermediate crocheters will enjoy whipping up a "Cupcake," a purple sweater confection. Experienced crocheters have patterns here too, such as the astonishing lace "Go For Baroque" sweater. This latest entry into the "Stitch 'N Bitch" canon is sure to be another bestseller.

Part One
Learning to Crochet

Chapter One
A Brief History of Hooking
The Joys of Crochet
Crochet vs. Knitting
A Guide to Crochet Lingo

Chapter Two
The Tools of Crochet
Getting to Know Crochet Hooks
Choosing Your Yarn
Yarn Weights
Crochet Thread
Yarn Textures and Crochet
Making Skeins and Hanks
How To Read A Yarn Label
Other Crocheting
Supplies Standard Yarn Weight

Chapter Three
Making the Chain Stitch, Single Crochet and Slip Stitch
Making a Slipknot
Holding Your Yarn and Hook
Making the Chain Stitch
Making Single Crochet Stitches into the Chain
Other Ways to Crochet into the Chain
The Turning Chain
Single crochet Row 2
The Structure of Crochet
Understanding Gauge
The Slip Stitch
Finishing Off Your Work

Chapter Four
Making Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet and Triple Crochet
The Half Double Crochet Stitch
The Double Crochet Stitch
The Triple Crochet Stitch
Double Triple and Triple Triple Crochet
How To Add Yarn
Understanding Crochet Directions

Chapter Five
Increasing, Decreasing and Working in Circle
Adding Stitches
Decreasing Stitches
Crocheting a Circle
Making a Circle with Smaller Hole

Chapter Six
Making Fancy Stitches
How to Read a Crochet Chart
The V Stitch]Making Shell Stitches
Making Bobble, Puff and Popcorn Stitches
Making the Mesh Stitch
Making the Fishnet Stitch
Making a Picot Stitch
Inserting Your Hook in Other Locations
Making Ribbing with Crochet
Crocheting Around the Post
Making the Crossed Stitch
How to Make The Spiked Stitch
Crocheting with Granny Square

Chapter Seven
Making Images in Crochet
Colour Work Using Tapestry in Crochet
Working Filet Crochet
Learning the Afghan Stitch

Chapter Eight
Sewing Your Pieces Together, Blocking and Adding Decoration
Sewing Seams
Weaving Sides and Tops of Crochet Pieces Together
Making Joins Using the Whip Stitch
Seaming with the Back Stitch
Crochet Seams
Making Buttonholes
Adding Fringes, Tassels and Pom Poms
Making Decorative cords and Crocheted Buttons
Stitching onto Crochet
Working Away Yarn Ends

Part Two

How to Read a Crochet Pattern

Scarves and Shawls
Garden Scarf
One Skein Scarf
Stripes and Stripes Forever
Sweet Pea Shawl
Cold Shoulders

Yeehaw Lady
Anarchy Irony Hat
Boy Beanie
Spring in Winter

In Bloom and Fit to Be Tied
Granny#'s NO Square
Orange You Glad and Fashion First Aid
Exchange Bag
Fat Bottom Bag

Spring and Summer
Short 'n' Sweet
Designer Wannabe Tank Top
Knot Ugly Shrug
Bikini in a Bag

Fall and Winter
Jolly Roger
Unseamly Sweater
Go For Baroque
Violet Beauregard

One Night Glam
Ruffled Corset Belt
Fluffy Bunny Slippers
Ladylike Gloves

Home, Gifts and Baby
Doris Day Mat
Cozy Pod Creatures
Colour Bar Blanket
Li'l Monkey
Seija Set

 Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet The Happy Hooker 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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