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The Crochet Workshop
Emma Osmond

Search Press
14 July 2015 / ISBN-13: 9781782212201
How-To Books/Crochet

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Learn 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 book.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
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