Knitting and crocheting have been a huge part of my life since I was a small child. I learned to knit first and instantly loved it. A few years later, my mom taught me how to crochet and I’ve been addicted to it ever since. I’m always creating some project or another and I find this time very relaxing. I’m always on the prowl for new craft books and DK Books has several devoted to the art of crocheting. They’re a must-have for any crocheter.
Get Started Crochet
Get Started Crochet is a fabulous hard covered compendium with everything you’ll need to know about crocheting. The book is divided into three sections, Start Simple, Build On It and Take It Further. If you’re new to crocheting or just want a refresher, the Start Simple is the place to begin. It will teach you about key techniques, essential equipment, natural and synthetic fibers and other equipment that you will find useful. It also teaches you yarn weight, how to make a swatch and measure your gauge and crochet abbreviations and terms.
There are lots of colored illustrations and detailed instructions that will guide you on how to accomplish each crochet stitch. Once you’re comfortable with these stitches, there are several easy pattern projects included in this section that you can try.
The second section, Build On It, will move you past the basic stitches. You will learn how to crochet in rounds, make Granny Squares, joining yarn, how to increase and decrease, combining stitches – shell, popcorn, and clusters, how to block a crochet piece, and how to read and follow stitch symbols. Plus, there are several new stitches you’ll learn and more interesting projects to make.
The last section, Take It Further will build your crochet skills even more. You’ll learn to build on the techniques you’ve already learned, learn new stitches and advanced colorwork techniques including Jacquard and Intarsia, create intricate edging, and learn some clever new shaping skills. This book is so well laid out and will take you from being a newbie and awkward with the hook to producing quality garments for your family. I love and I’m happy to have it in my craft book collection. Secret code: tweed stitch.
Crochet Step by Step
Crochet Step By Step is a very useful craft book for all levels of crocheters, be they newbies or seasoned crafters. Readers will learn more than 100 different crochet techniques, plus dive into 20 easy to make projects. The book is divided into four sections, Tools and Materials, Techniques, Finishing and Projects.
The first section walks you through the various yarns you can use, combining colors, the variety of hook sizes and a conversion chart, yarn weight, yarn labels, and other equipment.
The second section, Techniques, will take you from holding the hook to learning a diverse selection of crochet stitches and different techniques. The illustrations are clear and the instructions are detailed, yet early to understand and follow. You’ll also learn crochet terminology, abbreviations and stitch symbols. Some of the stitches featured are the filet stitch, puff stitch, shells, bobbles and clusters, picots, lace, Jacquard, Intarsia, and working with more than one color of yarn.
The Unusual Yarns section will have you crocheting with string, wire, and fabric. The section called Finishing, will share how to neatly finish your project using fastenings, zippers, buttons, snaps and tassels. And the last section offers crafters twenty easy projects to create. Crochet Step by Step is another craft book that all crocheters will appreciate.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.