Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques
Full Title: The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques- A unique visual directory of crochet techniques plus an inspirational gallery of finished pieces by Jan Eaton
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Contents: About this book - Crochet Essentials - Techniques and Stitches - Projects - Gallery - care of Crochet - Abbreviations and Symbols - Glossary - Suppliers - Index
The first chapter of the book covers all the basic crochet skills. You learn all about the different stitches, how to join yarns, how to read patterns, about pressing and blocking and how to join two crochet pieces (i.e. squares) together neatly. The diagrams and photographs show very clearly every single step of the different stitches. I was a complete beginner when I bought this book. It taught me very quickly how to crochet with confidence. So much so, that I tackled a more difficult pattern right at the beginning.
This is the perfect book for a beginner!
The second chapter is all about the techniques and stitches. You learn how to work stripe patterns, ridged stitches, clusters, granny square, shell stitches, bobbles, lace stitches, tubular crochet, edges...you name it and I reckon the book will have it. As it is an encyclopedia and the book is packed with possibilities and techniques, this is the biggest part of the book.
Each section consists of one or more double page spreads. The first page always shows drawings of each step of the technique. The second page shows instructions to crochet the certain technique, with photographs of a finished square and a pattern diagram.
This helped me a lot as I didn't know anything about all the abbreviations of a pattern. Because I was able to jump between the diagram and the written instructions I soon learned all the abbreviations.
The third chapter shows a few projects. as this book is mainly about the different crochet techniques, this chapter is kept quite short. I think it is more a way to show the reader how the different techniques can be used to create things we all can use, like scarfs, baby afghans, wraps, bags, potholders, cushion covers.
Here I have to say that nearly all the projects only have written instructions and no diagrams. However they usually refer to some part of the book where the technique needed for a project is explained. So it would be useful to make yourself familiar with the book before you jump right into a project, only to get frustrated because you cannot understand it.
Chapter 4 of the book is the Gallery, which gives you more ideas of clothes, ponchos, cushions, jewellery, bags and toys you can crochet. Some of the things shown in the gallery are in my opinion a little bit old-fashioned. Still, it gives you an idea of how many possibilities you have with crochet and what fun craft this is indeed.
This book is your own little crochet library to which you can then add more books with different patterns. It is a fantastic start for beginners, who are on the very bottom of the crochet ladder. Once you will start with it you will soon climb up higher and merge into the advanced section. Definitely a book no crocheter should go without. I can only highly recommend i