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Crocheting in Plain English: Easy-To-Follow Lessons in Patterns, Sensible Solutions to Nagging Problems, the Only Book Any Crocheter Will Ever Need [Paperback]

Maggie Rightetti , Maggie Righetti
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Jan. 29 2001
At last, crocheters without the benefit of a friendly instructor can find thehelp they need in this clear, accessible guide. Whether the reader has neverheld a crochet hook, or is an experienced crocheter, Righetti delivers sound,common-sense advice. Photos and illustrations.


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Maggie Righetti, author of Knitting in Plain English, and The Universal Yarn Finder, was an internationally recognized authority on knitting and crochet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good instruction book but ..... Jan. 10 2003
Format:Paperback
I like this book and the way M's Righetti writes about crochet and her love of the craft. The instructions are generally good but the diagrams leave a lot to be desired. They are difficult (to me) to understand and I wouldn't choose this as a first crochet book for anyone wanting to learn to crochet.
Part of the reason for my opinion is that M's Righetti has a very strict view on how a crochet hook is supposed to be held. There is more than one way to hold a crochet hook and a person should be able to hold the hook comfortably in her/his hand. M's Righetti's recommendation of how to hold the hook makes my wrist sore and I have a great deal of difficulty crocheting in that position. I have been crocheting now for over 30 years and I get good results by holding the hook the way it comfortably fits my hand.
Outside of her reprimands/criticisms of the "proper" way to hold the hook and the difficult to understand diagrams, this is a good book and I recommend it highly for folks who already know a little about crocheting and want to learn more. Stitches are explained well and her instructions on cutting a piece of crocheted work is definitely liberating. So buy the book and expand your knowledge of one of the greatest needle arts, crochet.
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... The wording used in this guide is the best I have found. That is, it's the best while describing exactly how to crochet different stitches - not the overabundant use of analogy. While enjoying the ease of following her instructions, I find myself wanting to scream everytime I'm reminded (or is it reprimanded) that I am making lace in the air and that my crochet hook is not a plow or a hoe for gardening. I hold my hook differently than the author demands, because it works better for me. My hands ache when I try it her way.
I don't enjoy being told this is my first day on the job, a baby's first step, or that I'm carving a turkey.
All in all, I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the opinionated tone and because I feel the illustrations should be easier to decifer than some of the small black and white line drawings in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for new crocheters Aug. 23 2003
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Format:Paperback
I'm glad I got this book at a closeout price, because as an experienced crocheter, I didn't find much of value in this book other than a couple of edging and motif patterns. On the other hand, I probably would have appreciated this when I was teaching myself to crochet. The author has a pleasing writing style, but the book is peppered with Mommie Dearest anecdotes that I could have done without. Maybe her own experiences with her mother are what made her so rigid about some aspects of crocheting, such as how to hold the hook. And, just to add a pet peeve of mine: Pattern instructions are set in italics, which are more difficult to read than straight type. As any publication designer worth her salt knows, italics should be used sparingly --certainly not for directions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALL THAT YOU'LL EVER NEED May 2 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Any crocheter at any level would agree with me when I say that this book is rife with totally useful tips and information in carrying out any crochet project. The friendly way in which the author wrote the book shows her great appreciation of the craft, which is easily transmitted to the reader. It is a GREAT REFERENCE BOOK which may just cover every crocheter's possible query from the most basic to the most complicated stitch. And the best thing is, the author makes even the most complicated crochet instruction easy! Points for refining one's craft can also be found in the book. There are loads and loads of great crochet information here, which come in handy all the time. The book can easily help transform a novice into an expert in very little time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners Dec 29 2002
Format:Paperback
It's worth buying this book just for the pattern of Queen Anne's lace. About a year ago, I decided to take up crocheting again because I felt I was getting arthritis in my fingers. My mother had taught me to make granny squares when I was a child, but I wanted something more challenging. Also, my mother never taught me how to read a pattern. I used this book to teach myself how to read patterns. I am amazed that I can now make something now like Queen Anne's lace. The pattern simplifies instructions from a baby blanket pattern printed in the 40s. If you're like me and have no spatial sense, you'll appreciate a book like this with simple, easy to follow instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners Dec 29 2002
Format:Paperback
It's worth buying this book just for the pattern of Queen Anne's lace. About a year ago, I decided to take up crocheting again because I felt I was getting arthritis in my fingers. My mother had taught me to make granny squares when I was a child, but I wanted something more challenging. Also, my mother never taught me how to read a pattern. I used this book to teach myself how to read patterns. I am amazed that I can now make something now like Queen Anne's lace. The pattern simplifies instructions from a baby blanket pattern printed in the 40s. If you're like me and have no spatial sense, you'll appreciate a book like this with simple, easy to follow instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mom couldn't teach me, but this book did! Nov. 15 2000
Format:Paperback
My mom, left handed, couldn't teach me, right handed, but this book did wonderfully. The pictures are clear and the text offers excellent description to follow. I have made several baby things, like blankets and hats. My son's favorite blanket just happens to be the first one I made. There is such a warm feeling of having your child cherish an item you made from your heart. I made that blanket over two years ago. I leave quite a bit of time between projects, so now I use the book as a reference. I highly recommend that if you want to learn crochet and even if you have a teacher, mom or otherwise, get this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not quite there!
When I bought this book, I thought it would have good diagrams, good patterns and good advice. It did not have any of the above. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars It taught me to crochet.
I learned to knit in Ms. Righetti's "Knitting in Plain English". With that knowledge, even when some of her directions were hard to understand, I let common sense take... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instruction book for those who want to learn crochet
I read a crochet instruction booklet written toward young girls to learn how to crochet about a month ago. I wish I would have had this book to begin with instead. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2002 by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Infomative.....
This book is a keeper! I have been an avid crocheter for over 20 years (Certified Instructor) and this book has something for beginners to advanced. Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Beginners and Experts Alike
I've been crocheting for over 20 years and I *still* refer to this book on occasion. Even if you already know all your basic stitches, this book is so detailed, I'm sure it's got... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001 by Julianne Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent at explaining things
This book is wonderful! I used it on my third attempt to learn crochet, and I finally got it! She explains crochet in both words and diagrams, while most instruction manuals are... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2001 by CrochetingGardener
5.0 out of 5 stars Crocheting in Plain English
I decided I wanted to crochet and ordered this book. It was absolutely wonderful! The instructions were fitting for the title - they were in "plain English" and very... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2000 by Charlene S. Bryant
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