to crochet with this beginner's primer and make yourself some
simple but useful items with your new skills. The subtitle
for this book is "learn to crochet in quick and easy
steps" and this is a good description. Start off with
a brief introduction to hooks, yarn and other basics and then
learn the stitches. Each stitch is shown in a series of captioned
photographs, which could do with being a bit more close up.
Drawn diagrams would have been easier to follow and a sharp
pair of eyes is essential; the captions certainly help a lot.
The photographs do give the book a colorful, modern appearance
and sensibly this section does not overburden the tyro crocheter
with too much information. Chain, the most basic stitches,
slip stitch, adding new yarn, increasing, decreasing, working
a ring etc are covered and this is all you need to get started.
The rest of the book contains the projects and you can choose
from accessories such as a scarf, cowl and wrist warmers to
household items like a bolster, pillow and throw. These projects
usefully are not written in the usual abbreviated code but
ease you in by being written out in longhand, a good touch.
Finished size and gauge is also given along with more than
one large photograph of the completed item, none of which
is too basic and will give your new skills a workout. All
use Rowan yarns and the book is slanted towards the US market
having these terms given first with UK terms as a bracketed
choice. There is a lot in here for the beginner in a compact
If you cannot find a good range of crochet materials locally
a list of suppliers.