Author(s): Karen Manthey; Susan Brittain; Julie Holetz
Get hooked on the art of crochet
The crochet craze has taken the craft world by storm. If you've caught the bug and want to take your skills from beginner to beguiling, look no further than the friendly guidance in this bestselling guide. In Crocheting For Dummies, 3rd Edition, you'll find out how to choose the right hooks and yarns to complete your project, switch colors as you go, utilize various crochet stiches for different looks, and so much more. Online companion project videos will help readers master the concepts and techniques covered in the book.
Julia Roberts and countless other celebrities are doing it--and you can, too Taking the intimidation out of the timeless art of crocheting, this updated edition gives crafters of every skill level the knowledge and know-how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off their work to make beautiful pieces of art. From learning to create consistency with gauge swatches to decoding patterns, symbols, and diagrams, this easy-to-follow guide is all you need to create beautiful designs in no time
Whether you're a first-time crocheter or looking to expand your skillset, Crocheting For Dummies gives you everything you need to get hooked like a pro.
Karen Manthey edits crochet diagrams for numerous books, magazines, yarn companies, and designers. Susan Brittain was an assistant editor for Crochet Fantasy magazine.
Introduction 1 Part 1: Crochet 101 5 CHAPTER 1: Hooking into a Life of Crochet 7 CHAPTER 2: Essential Equipment 15 CHAPTER 3: Creating Consistency with Gauge 33 CHAPTER 4: Decoding Crochet Patterns 41 Part 2: Basic Stitches and Techniques 57 CHAPTER 5: Focusing on Fundamental Stitches 59 CHAPTER 6: Expanding Your Stitch Choices 89 CHAPTER 7: Crochet, More or Less: Increasing and Decreasing Stitches 121 CHAPTER 8: I ve Been Here Before: Crocheting in Circles 137 CHAPTER 9: Multicolored Crochet 161 Part 3: Advanced Stitches and Techniques 175 CHAPTER 10: Fancy That: Stitches That Steal the Show 177 CHAPTER 11: Creating Texture in Unexpected Ways 193 CHAPTER 12: Like Knitting with a Hook: Tunisian Crochet 217 CHAPTER 13: Filet and Mesh Crochet: Creating a New Style 239 CHAPTER 14: Piecemeal: Crocheting Motifs 263 Part 4: Putting It All Together 277 CHAPTER 15: Connecting the Parts: Joining Seams 279 CHAPTER 16: Design 101: Crocheting Your First Sweater 299 CHAPTER 17: Finishing Functionally: Borders, Buttons, and Pockets 315 CHAPTER 18: Neatness Counts: Fixing, Blocking, and Caring for Your Work 337 Part 5: The Part of Tens 351 CHAPTER 19: Ten Ways to Do Good with Crochet 353 CHAPTER 20: Ten Variations on Crochet 365 Index 373