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Not Your Mama's Crochet : The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang - Amy Swenson

Not Your Mama's Crochet

The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang

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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.

What's Next?

CHAPTER TWO. Stitches to Make Your Knees Weak.

How to Use This Chapter.

The Basics and Beyond.

What's Next?

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!).

Measure Up.

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.

Preppy/Hippy Scarf.

It's Called a Toque, Eh?

Getting Dizzy Scarf.

Weekend Vest.

Chunky Monkey Scarf .

CHAPTER EIGHT. Fashionistas Unite!

Uber-Femme Capelet.

Peek-a-boo Plaid Skirt.


S3-Sari Silk Shrug.

Ramblin' Rosie Cardie.

The "Too Good for Your Boyfriend" Sweater.

Cozy Peacoat.

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.

Bubble Belt.

Who Hat.

CHAPTER TEN. Bucking Tradition.

Straight-Laced Tank and Shrug.

The Wowie Zowie Eco-Tote.

Crocheted Bling.

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!

Purely Puritanical.

Crochet Negligee?

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.

The Glossies.

Other Books.

Indie Designers.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN. Safe S.E.X.: Stash-Enhancing eXcursions.

The Big Box Stores.

LYS: Local Yarn Stores.

Online Yarn Stores.

Yarn Companies.

It's in the Bag.

Festivals, Fairs, and Events.


APPENDIX A: A Crochet Reference.

Common Abbreviations.

British/American Terminology.

US/Metric Hook Sizing.

Yarn Weight and Gauge Chart

APPENDIX B: Worksheets and Forms.

Measurement Worksheet .

Project Log.

Designer Bios.


ISBN: 9780470893784
ISBN-10: 0470893788
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 11th June 2010
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company