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Crocheting For Dummies with Online Videos, 3rd Edition



Crocheting For Dummies with Online Videos, 3rd Edition

Karen Manthey, Susan Brittain

ISBN: 978-1-119-28711-7 November 2016 408 Pages


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!

  • Includes fresh new patterns, stitches, and techniques
  • Covers common crocheting mistakes and how to correct them
  • Provides guidance on crocheting with eco-awareness, like working with organic yarns, tie-dye yarns, and free trade and sustainably sourced fibers
  • Gets you up to speed on resources and events held within the crochet community
  • Provides free online access to videos to teach you how to tackle various stitches and crochet in the round

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.

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