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How to crochet : learn the basic stitches and techniques

Provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions on the basics of crocheting, including the structure of stitches, changing yarns, working with different shapes, joining, and reading crochet patterns, with simple projects for practice. - (Baker & Taylor)

This fun introduction to crocheting presents all the basic techniques you’ll need to get started.
- (Grand Central Pub)

Get hooked on crochet and bring handcrafted charm to your home and wardrobe. Sara Delaney provides easy-to-follow illustrated instructions for joining, fastening off, selecting color schemes, and much more. Learn how to read crochet patterns and work a basic chain with single or double stitches. You’ll quickly be on your way to crafting your own pretty potholders and delicate scarves. 

- (Grand Central Pub)

Author Biography

Sara Delaney is the author of Design Your Own Crochet Projects and How to Crochet. She has been designing and writing her own patterns for more than 10 years. She teaches crochet classes online at Craftsy, and she lives in western Massachusetts. 

- (Grand Central Pub)

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Exactly What You Need to Know

Crocheting for the first time is fun, inspiring, and easy with Sara Delaney as your guide. An expert crochet teacher, Delaney addresses the questions every beginner asks and teaches the techniques you need to be successful. By clearly explaining how to understand the structure of stitches, make simple increases and decreases, crochet in rounds or rows, and read patterns, Delaney's instructions will give you confidence. Before you know it, you'll be transforming your practice swatches into coasters, doilies, scarves, afghans, and more.
- (Grand Central Pub)

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The latest in Storey's budget-friendly "Basics" series is a beginners' guide to crochet that provides a thoughtful overview of crochet basics. Delaney's approach is different from the beginning—rather than teaching novices how to make the base chain that serves as the foundational row for most crochet projects, she advocates using open-mesh tulle as the foundation, thus allowing beginners to start making crochet stitches immediately. This serves as a confidence builder and offers instant gratification—rather than seeing a fumbly, lumpy chain, novices can see an actual row of stitches taking shape as they work. Once single crochet is mastered (Delaney advocates taking 30 minutes per day for a week to practice), chains are introduced, followed by the other basic stitches. Line drawings illustrate most steps, and the written directions are clear and straightforward. VERDICT Beginning crocheters looking for a no-frills guide will find exactly what they're looking for here.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting Started in Crochet 1(3)
Chapter 1 Getting to Know Your Materials
The One Essential: A Hook
The Yarns We Love to Use
Becoming a Crocheter
Chapter 2 Getting Started: Forget the Chain!
Easing into Single Crochet
Why a Turning Chain?
Crocheting into Existing Stitches
Practice Makes Perfect
Chapter 3 Chains: Your Foundation
Evaluating Your Chain
Counting Chain Stitches
Chapter 4 Basic Crochet Stitches
Beginning to Work from a Foundation Chain
Half Double Crochet
Double Crochet
Treble Crochet
Chapter 5 Gauge
Snatching for Gauge: Getting Started
Why Does Gauge Matter?
Making Good Use of Your Swatch
Check and Double-Check
Chapter 6 Working in the Round
Get the Stitch Height and Count Right
Joined Rounds
Spiral Rounds
Chapter 7 Perfecting Techniques
Changing Yarns
Hiding Your Tails by Working Over Them
Adding an Edge
Chapter 8 Pattern Reading
Patterns for Rows
Patterns for Rounds
Resources 121(1)
Acknowledgments 122(1)
Index 123

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