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Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition - Susan Brittain

Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition


Published: 12th February 2010
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An updated classic covering the latest techniques and trends in crocheting

Are you hooked on the art of crochet? Looking for a fun new hobby that you can take with you virtually anywhere? Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you easy-to-understand instructions on how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work to make beautiful pieces of art. From learning to create consistency with gauge swatch to decoding crochet patterns, symbols, and diagrams, this easy-to-follow guide is all you need to start creating beautiful designs in no time!

This revised edition contains completely new content, including fresh new patterns, stitches, and techniques reflecting crocheting styles from around the world. Plus, it's packed with new and refreshed photos and line art throughout, along with step-by-step instructions that will easily guide you from your first stitch to your first sweater.

  • A new section covering common crocheting mistakes and how to correct them
  • Crocheting with eco-awareness: using organic yarns, as well as free trade and sustainably sourced fibers
  • The best resources for purchasing supplies, as well as choosing and buying patterns
Whether you're a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skills, Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the skills, techniques, and confidence to crochet like a pro.

About the Author

Karen Manthey is a freelance technical editor and creates crochet diagrams for various publications and designers. Susan Brittain crochets and designs pieces for numerous yarn companies. Julie Armstrong Holetz is a pattern designer and freelance technical editor for craft publishers and magazines.

'The ultimate fool-proof guide, it will have you crocheting masterpieces in no-time.' (Let's Get Crafting, June 2010).


Part I: Crochet 101.

Chapter 1: Hooking into a Life of Crochet.

Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 3: Creating Consistency with Gauge.

Chapter 4: Decoding Crochet Patterns.

Part II: Basic Stitches and Techniques.

Chapter 5: Focusing on Fundamental Stitches.

Chapter 6: Long, Longer, Longest: Several Common Crochet Stitches.

Chapter 7: Shaping Up and Slimming Down: Increasing and Decreasing Stitches.

Chapter 8: I’ve Been Here Before: Crocheting in Circles.

Chapter 9: Crocheting in Technicolor.

Part III: Advanced Stitches and Techniques.

Chapter 10: Fancy Stitches That Steal the Show.

Chapter 11: Creating Texture in Unexpected Ways.

Chapter 12: Like Knitting with a Hook: Tunisian Crochet.

Chapter 13: Filet and Mesh Crochet: Creating a New Style.

Chapter 14: Building on Your Skills with Motifs.

Part IV: Putting It All Together.

Chapter 15: Connecting the Parts: Joining Seams.

Chapter 16: Design 101: Crocheting Your First Sweater.

Chapter 17: Finishing Functionally: Borders, Buttons, and Pockets.

Chapter 18: It’s All in the Details: Embellishing Crochet.

Chapter 19: Neatness Counts: Fixing, Blocking, and Caring for Your Work.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Do Good with Crochet.

Chapter 21: Ten Variations on Crochet.

Appendix: Sources and Resources.


ISBN: 9780470536452
ISBN-10: 0470536454
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 12th February 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 18.8  x 2.03
Edition Number: 1