Forget ugly afghans and dainty doilies and think luxurious throws and sumptuous sweaters. You can crochet cool stuff that will make everyone envious--things to spice up your wardrobe and your pad, or gifts to amaze your "I could never do that" friends. Choose from nearly thirty projects ranging from elegant to earthy--from a chic shrug to a recycled denim rug and from fun plush toys to sweaters too good for boys.
In hip style, this guide covers:
* All kinds of yarns and materials, and the tools of the trade
* The basic stitches, shaping, finishing techniques, blocking, and more
* Simple projects that give you close-to-instant gratification and more complex ones that take some commitment
* Suggestions for customizing every design and personalizing every project
Intone your creative mantra and get your hooks into a terrific project. With Not Your Mama's Crochet, you won't just make unique, chic items--you'll make a statement.
PART ONE. Hooker How-To.
CHAPTER ONE. Crochet 101.
The Ultimate Smack-down: Crochet versus Knitting.
Working with Yarn.
It All Starts with a Knot.
Ch-ch-chains of Love.
You Spin Me Right ???Round Baby!
What Goes Up Must Come Down.
Putting It All Together.
When Good Crochet Goes Bad: Troubleshooting.
CHAPTER TWO. Stitches to Make Your Knees Weak.
How to Use This Chapter.
The Basics and Beyond.
CHAPTER THREE. All about Yarn.
A Yarn for All Seasons.
Hanks, Balls, and Skeins, oh my!
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
A Weight Problem.
Dame Fashion Says ???Dye It!???.
Just the Facts, Ma???am.
Yarn Shops: Not Just for Knitting Anymore.
The Hooker???s Secret Stash.
Stash Enhancing Online.
Hooked on Spinning.
CHAPTER FOUR. One Hook or Two?
A Study of the Crochet Hook in Its Natural Habitat.
Other Doodads That Make Life Worth Living.
CHAPTER FIVE. Be a Fashion Designer (Or Just Look Like One!).
Garment Construction Basics.
Ease In: Fit Matters!
Flattery Gets You Everywhere.
A Little Light Color Theory.
When Good Projects Go Bad.
CHAPTER SIX. Ready, Set, Crochet!
The Anatomy of a Crochet Pattern.
Symbolcraft: The Illustration of Crochet.
Get Hooking or Go Home!
PART TWO: Projects.
CHAPTER SEVEN. Jump Right in, the Water???s Fine!
From the Crochet Test-Kitchen: Market Bag.
It???s Called a Toque, Eh?
Getting Dizzy Scarf.
Chunky Monkey Scarf .
CHAPTER EIGHT. Fashionistas Unite!
Peek-a-boo Plaid Skirt.
S3???Sari Silk Shrug.
Ramblin??? Rosie Cardie.
The ???Too Good for Your Boyfriend??? Sweater.
CHAPTER NINE. Put Your Hook Where Your Heart Is: Great Gifts to Crochet.
Granny???s Been in the Bourbon Again: A Drunken Throw.
Classic Street Page Boy.
Daisy Chain Neck Warmer.
Lucy-Lou & Tim-Bob, Too.
Woven Fringe Scarf.
CHAPTER TEN. Bucking Tradition.
Straight-Laced Tank and Shrug.
The Wowie Zowie Eco-Tote.
When the Jeans Don???t Fit: A Recycled Denim Rug.
Deliberate Shrinkage Sack.
Felted Trellis Scarf.
Creatures of the Wooly Deep.
PART THREE: Resources and Appendices.
CHAPTER ELEVEN. History of the Hook.
Let Them Single Crochet!
Hippy Hookers at Woodstock.
The Rebirth of Cool Crochet .
Crochet on the Catwalk.
CHAPTER TWELVE. Surf ???n Turf: Crochet Resources Online and on Land.
Webzines and Pattern Sources.
Crochet Groups and Communities.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN. Safe S.E.X.: Stash-Enhancing eXcursions.
The Big Box Stores.
LYS: Local Yarn Stores.
Online Yarn Stores.
It???s in the Bag.
Festivals, Fairs, and Events.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN. Weaving Ends.
APPENDIX A: A Crochet Reference.
US/Metric Hook Sizing.
Yarn Weight and Gauge Chart
APPENDIX B: Worksheets and Forms.
Measurement Worksheet .
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 11th June 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia