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Book Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert

September 18, 2014

The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert


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Every crocheter's library should include guide book. I have found, also, that crocheters quickly become avid book collectors and may have more than one example of any given technique or crochet category. If this is the case with you, just know that your money will be well-invested in Margaret Hubert’s comprehensive reference book which covers all aspects of crochet.

You can also try your luck at winning your own free copy of Margaret's  book by adding your email to "follow" my blog AND sending me a direct email by midnight on Monday September 22 to let me know you did so. United States residents only, please, to enter to win.

This book provides a reference for all methods, including Tunisian, intermeshing, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, and freeform crochet and includes step-by-step instructions for all the basic stitches and swatches of 100s of stitch patterns with complete instructions. 

As the cover of this 2nd edition publication indicates, all the 15 patterns are new and 20 stitch patterns have been added. The main section, Stitch Patterns, is laid out ;like a stitch dictionary, but there are several bonus features as well. First off, the Crochet Basics section carefully guides the newbie with bountiful information and colorful large photographs to get even the least adept crafter off to a great start. The tutorial on Crochet Stitches is thorough and also includes an introduction to the use of symbol crochet. Because details in the large photos are so precise, anyone will learn a lot from reading the Details and Finishing Techniques section. Lots and lots of hours go into crocheting many projects and more than one has been ruined by poor finishing!

Throughout the pattern stitch section, Margaret has interspersed her original design projects using the examples and often combining more than one into a project. Using the first person in her opening words, makes the crocheter feel like Margaret is actually in the room with a guiding hand! 

Courtney's Cardigan
The 272 pages are chock-full of amazing stitch patterns and motifs and Margaret shows how to add a new twist to old time patterns that encourage creativity and make what is old new again. Margaret says, “Crochet has its own defined look and the variety of textures that can be created with a crochet hook is almost limitless, from a very lacy delicate shawl with fine yarns to a warm cozy afghan with a thicker wool and larger hook.” This book is the resource that will help any crocheter make that happen!

Market Bag


The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition (July 2014) was published by Creative Publishing, a division of QuartoUs and is available for purchase for $24.99. 

Comments

Jessica D said…
For some reason I can't send you a direct email so I'm commenting instead. I just signed up for your emails using i_love_books at aol dot com. Did that for an entry to win that fabulous book. It looks amazing!
--Jess
I can imagine this being included with my Grandmother's as well as my own book's and magazines shiuld be a welcome edition.

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