Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review: Crochet for Beginners Who Want to Improve by Ali Campbell

Wednesday, September 18 2013

This self-published book by Ali Campbell has 93 pages packed full of crochet knowledge; and as the title indicates, it is meant for beginners who want to improve their crochet skills. Ali offers an immense amount of crochet information which, if followed in order, should birth many new, enthusiastic crocheters into the world! She offers this version with U. S. terminology which Americans will appreciate

Obviously passionate about crochet, this British designer has a solid background in crochet and much experience teaching through her online [] and one-to-one classes in Dorset, England. Using a unique approach to achieve success for her readers, Ali uses a rainbow of color coded text for specific points of interest. She explains that green means “go” and text in the color green offers “tips, tricks of the trade and “cheats.” Red means “stop” and warns the crocheter to take the time to do what the instructions say! Text in the color amber indicates an abbreviation that is written out in long-hand for clear understanding. All other text in the book is in standard black.

All patterns in the book are made in mostly bulky yarn with a K size hook. The ten chapters offer a concise and logical progression as the reader learns all about crochet. Simple projects are included to emphasize the learning in each chapter. In chapter three, a sock pattern is offered, but don’t be put off by this. It is described as a version of a very simple sock; and because the heel is made separately, I believe a wonderful sock can be achieved. Clear and colorful photos are included in each chapter which concisely illustrate what Ali is trying to convey. A blank page for notes is at the end of each chapter as well.

In chapter 7 - Joining Methods, Ali reveals her JAYGo method of joining using either tapestry needle or crochet hook. Besides the socks, projects include a chunky headband with detachable flower, granny square and variations and a personal organizer cover. Although it is billed as “written in U. S. terminology,” endearing little British-isms creep in such as using “wool” in place of “yarn” and “colour” in place of “color”!

Nineteen tips are offered at the end of the book and they are common sense, but represent important information that will help any new crocheter succeed. Crochet for Beginners Who Want to Improve is available at Amazon and retails for $17.50.

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