Crochet Patterns For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 9, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 288 pages
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Would you like to learn to crochet? Already know the basics, but would like to stretch your crocheting skills? From scarves and sweaters to hats and handbags, you can create beautiful, useful designs with ease using Crochet Patterns For Dummies. From choosing the right hooks and yarn and crocheting basic stitches to joining pieces together, this easy-to-follow guide will have you hooked in no time.

Our hands-on workbook gets you crocheting fashionable, fun designs in a focused, step-by-step manner. You get a review of the basic stitches and stitch combinations, along with a concise appendix containing easy-to-follow instructions for working these stitches. You’ll find plenty of tips on changing colors and adding shape to your projects. Plus, you get full-color photos of every project—from potholders to afghans, belts to table runners, skirts to vests, and much more. You’ll also discover how to:

  • Decipher crochet lingo
  • Make a gauge swatch, read a pattern, and understand garment sizing
  • Work with the most common stitches and stitch patterns
  • Crochet in the round or with color
  • Shape a design through increasing or decreasing stitches
  • Use new techniques like felting and working with wire
  • Crochet pictures and words using the filet crochet technique

There are also quick-and-easy designs that are great for kids to make, as well as handy hints on caring for your finished items. Featuring more than 50 fantastic patterns perfect for beginners or those wanting to take their skills to the next level, Crochet Patterns For Dummies is your one-stop guide to crocheting success!

 

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Contents

Reinforcing Your Crochet Foundation
5
Gearing Up and Getting Started
7
Gauge and Garments Sizing Facts and Figures
21
Sum and Substance Reading a Pattern
31
Brushing Up on Stitch Basics
39
Hook Yarn Action Crocheting Simple Projects
53
Working in the First Dimension
55
Expanding and Diminishing Dimensions Adding Shape
63
Finding the Loopholes and Creative Combinations
117
Sensational Sweaters
127
Timeless Techniques Using the Afghan Stitch and Filet Crochet
151
Mixing Traditional Stitches with Contemporary Materials
169
The Part of Tens
181
Nearly Ten Projects That Take an Hour or So
183
TenPlus Tips for Caring for Your Crochet
203
Ten KidFriendly Projects
209

Going in Circles Crocheting in the Round
73
Coloring It In
85
Mixing It Up A Few Changes Make a Dramatic Difference
97
Putting Your Skills to the Test
107
Seams Sew Easy Joining Pieces Together
109
Appendixes
227
Crochet Stitches
229
Yarn Supply Sources
253
Index
255
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About the author (2011)

Susan Brittain is a pattern designer and former assistant editor of Crochet Fantasy magazine.

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