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Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet : The Happy Hooker - Debbie Stoller

Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet

The Happy Hooker

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Published: 1st August 2006
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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 bestseller Stitch ’n Bitch and its follow-up, Stitch ’n Bitch Nation, together with over 521,000 copies in print. But guess what? For every one knitter in the world there are three crocheters—which translates into millions of hip, crafty, 18- to 35-year-olds ready to be happy hookers with Stitch ’n Bitch attitude, sexiness, ingenuity, and cool.

Written in the author’s cheeky chick style, this heavily illustrated book—featuring four-color 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 crafters exploring the hook comes the primer: the advantages of crochet and the ways in which knitters (and nonknitters) benefit by learning this sister craft; a discussion of tools; all the cool yarns available, and what the different gauges mean; plus basic techniques and stitch patterns—including the chain stitch, picot, flowers, filet crochet, changing yarns, and finishing. Then come 40 fabulous, funky projects—the kind that make Stitch ’n Bitch rule—for crocheters: Pom Pom Capelet, Retro Clutch Purse, Anarchy Irony Hat, Ms. Pac Man Change Purses, Doris Daymat, Va-Va-Va Voom Bikini, Animal I-Pod Cozies, Kid’s Sock Monkey Poncho.

No, these aren’t your grandma’s doilies.

About the Author

Debbie Stoller is the bestselling author of the Stitch'n Bitch series of knitting books and calendars. She comes from a long line of Dutch knitters, has a Ph.D. from Yale in the psychology of women, and is the editor-in-chief of Bust magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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.

Hooking up Learning to Crochet
Voulez-Vous Crochet Avec Moi?p. 2
A Brief History of Hookingp. 6
The Joys of Crochetp. 8
Crocheting vs. Knittingp. 8
A Guide to Crochet Lingop. 11
Hook, Line, and Sinker: The Tools of Crochetp. 12
Getting to Know Crochet Hooksp. 13
Choosing Your Yarnp. 16
Yarn Weightsp. 19
Crochet Threadp. 20
Yarn Textures and Crochetp. 20
Making Skeins and Hanksp. 21
How to Read a Yarn Labelp. 22
Other Crocheting Suppliesp. 23
Standard Yarn Weight Systemp. 24
Get Shorty: Making the Chain Stitch, Single Crochet, and Slip Stitchp. 25
Making a Slipknotp. 26
Holding Your Yarn and Hookp. 27
Making the Chain Stitchp. 28
Making Single Crochet Stitches into the Chainp. 30
Other Ways to Crochet into the Chainp. 31
The Turning Chainp. 32
Single Crochet, Row 2p. 33
The Structure of Crochetp. 33
Understanding Gaugep. 34
The Slip Stitchp. 36
Finishing Off Your Workp. 36
Walking tall: Making Half-Double Crochet, Double Crochet, and Triple Crochetp. 37
The Half-Double Crochet Stitchp. 38
The Double Crochet Stitchp. 39
The Triple Crochet Stitchp. 41
Double Triple and Triple Triple Crochetp. 42
How to Add Yarnp. 44
Understanding Crochet Directionsp. 45
The Shape of things to come: Increasing, Decreasing, and Working in a Circlep. 46
Adding Stitchesp. 47
Decreasing Stitchesp. 48
Crocheting a Circlep. 50
Making a Circle with a Smaller Holep. 52
Hooked on a feeling: Making Fancy Stitchesp. 54
How to Read a Crochet Chartp. 55
The V Stitchp. 56
Making Shell Stitchesp. 57
Making Bobble, Puff, and Popcorn Stitchesp. 58
Making the Mesh Stitchp. 61
Making the Fishnet Stitchp. 62
Making the Picot Stitchp. 62
Inserting Your Hook in Other Locationsp. 63
Making Ribbing with Crochetp. 63
Crocheting Around the Postp. 64
Making the Crossed Stitchp. 65
How to Make a Spike Stitchp. 66
Crocheting the Granny Squarep. 66
Picture this: Making Images in Crochetp. 68
Color Work Using Tapestry Crochetp. 69
Working Filet Crochetp. 71
Learning the Afghan Stitchp. 74
Off the Hook: Sewing Your Pieces Together, Blocking, and Adding Decorationp. 77
Sewing Seamsp. 78
Weaving Sides and Tops of Crocheted Pieces Togetherp. 78
Making Joins Using the Whipstitchp. 81
Seaming with the Backstitchp. 81
Crocheted Seamsp. 82
Making Buttonholesp. 83
Adding Fringe, Tassels, and Pom-Pomsp. 84
Making Decorative Cords and Crocheted Buttonsp. 86
Stitching onto Crochetp. 88
Working Away Yarn Endsp. 89
Blockingp. 89
Crochet away: the Patterns
How to Read a Crochet Patternp. 92
Abbreviationsp. 95
Scarves and Shawlsp. 96
Garden Scarfp. 96
One-Skein Scarfp. 101
Stripes (and Stripes) Foreverp. 103
Sweet Pea Shawlp. 106
Cold Shouldersp. 110
Hatsp. 115
Yeehaw Ladyp. 115
The PDQp. 118
Anarchy Irony Hatp. 123
Boy Beaniep. 125
Strutp. 128
Spring in Winterp. 133
Bagsp. 137
In Bloom and Fit to Be Tiedp. 137
Granny's No Squarep. 140
Orange You Glad and Fashion First Aidp. 145
Exchange Bagp. 150
Fat-Bottom Bagp. 154
Spring & Summerp. 158
Blissfulp. 158
Cupcakep. 165
Short 'n Sweetp. 168
Designer Wannabe Tank Topp. 175
Knot Ugly Shrugp. 178
Bikini in a Bagp. 185
Fall & Winterp. 191
Prepsterp. 191
Jolly Rogerp. 198
Unseamly Sweaterp. 203
Froufroup. 210
Go for Baroquep. 216
Violet Beauregardp. 224
Accessoriesp. 229
One-Night Glamp. 229
Ruffled Corset Beltp. 231
Fluffy Bunny Slippersp. 234
Pinupsp. 241
Ladylike Lace Glovesp. 244
Home, Gifts & Babyp. 251
Bedfellowsp. 251
Skullholdersp. 257
Doris Daymatp. 260
Cozy Pod Creaturesp. 265
Color-Bar Blanketp. 271
Li'l Monkeyp. 274
Seija Setp. 281
Resource Guidep. 284
Creditsp. 286
Indexp. 288
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ISBN: 9780761139850
ISBN-10: 0761139850
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2006
Publisher: WORKMAN PUBLISHING
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 20.3  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.67