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Not Your Mama'sTM Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang

Not Your Mama'sTM Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang

Amy Swenson

ISBN: 978-0-471-97381-2

Sep 2006

256 pages

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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 Negligée?

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.


Errata page 92
Bonus Chapter: Bada Bing Bling by Roxane Cerda

Download the bonus chapter in PDF format.


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NYM's Beading

Do the bling thing. Projects include Financial Freedom (recycled credit card necklace), Tough Cuff, Catch Your Own Bouquet ring, Tipple Rings (wine stem markers), Girls Gone Bridaled (a tiara), Security Anklet, push pins with pizzazz, and more.