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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc. (Sept. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574862820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574862829
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12 2004
Format: Paperback
I have to say that I'm shocked to see this book has been reviewed so favorably. I've had it for two weeks now and I've tried about %75 of the patterns thusfar and I can truly say that the written portions are poorly done.
I'm sitting here with the book frustrated over several patterns that I have found to be wrong. I'm an experienced crocheter and I was able to fix the patterns MYSELF. I want to stress that some of these mistakes are weighty. Let me give you one example of that. On page 165, the "wedges" pattern states that in row 2 you should "(sc,hdc,dc,tr,dtr)" but that whole thing is BACKWARDS. It should read "(dtr, tr, dc, hdc, sc)." Something like that can throw off a whole pattern!
Besides more than several mistakes that I've found, I find some instructions to be redundant. For example when at the beginning of a pattern they say, "Chain a multipe of 4+1" and then when you read row 1 it says to "CH 1." There's no point in putting that twice and it can be very confusing to a beginner crocheter. Also, when working a pattern, crocheters tend to chain BEFORE they turn the piece because it's easier, but these directions do otherwise. That's not how I would want to explain directions to a beginner. I don't want this whole review to be negative. The only thing I do like about the book is that the pictures and diagrams are generally good and quite helpful. Unfortunately, that's it. I'll be returning my book to Borders tomorrow and getting a full refund.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By livvie on Nov. 17 2003
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I've bought tons of instruction books, and this is the best. clear instructions, detailed digrams, and some interesting patterns. There are some of them I don't think i'm going to do (ie. Philosopher's Coat), but the stitches in the back are intersting if you want to make your own sweaters/coats of yourself. It's a great investment of 32.50 (when you include the shipping and handle etc etc).
it's a must buy for a beginner, intermedite OR advanced (i'm a beginner by the way, so that tells you how i feel!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stef Maruch on Aug. 18 2003
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I'm a beginning-to-intermediate crocheter (been at it about a year). This book has loads of basic information and several complete projects (graded by difficulty level). It's also lavishly photographed and illustrated! Several features of this book stand out in my mind: the excellent "history of crochet" chapter, the gorgeous Philosopher's Coat pattern, the chapters on beaded crochet and wire crochet, the step by step instructions for basic crochet skills with diagrams for right and left handed people (I wish I'd had these when I was struggling to learn the basic stitches!). Like other crochet references I've seen, it includes information about types of yarn and tools, a full collection of basic patterns, and comprehensive chapters on lace, Tunisian crochet, and Irish crochet.
The beaded crochet section seemed a bit difficult to understand at times, and I wish that the key to abbreviations appeared at the front or back of the book rather than somewhere in the middle (where it was harder to find when needed). I also wish the text instructions used fewer abbreviations (the abbreviations are for saving space, but you don't really need to save that much space in a full length book) and/or included a key to the abbreviations on the pattern page.
(Edited 09/11/03)
Donna Kooler was kind enough to write to me and point out that there IS a key to abbreviations on the inside front and back covers of the book. How silly of me not to notice!
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By A Customer on Jan. 12 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for beginners, and those interested in doing more on their own. I recommend this book to anyone who has just picked up crocheting. The directions are easy to understand and THOROUGHLY illustrated (a huge plus). The book also has a nice array of projects, but is more oriented as a reference, not a book of projects.
The section on different patterns is what I use most...again, thoroughly illustrated and photographed. Thanks to this book, I am making my own designs now instead of buying patterns from the store. There is also a great selection of trim/edging patterns, so you can add something special to an existing item, or add on to a current project.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I only wish there were more Donna Kooler projects for crochet available in stores (they all seem to focus on her needlepoint projects). I can't wait for her Knitting Encyclopedia to come out -- it's already on my wish list!
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By Jean-Luc on Oct. 11 2003
Format: Paperback
Bought this book and took it to my first crochet class. Everyone loved it, and I do to. The directions are pretty good (although I couldn't teach myself with them, but once I had the basics down I could use the book to build on those basics). A variety of interesting patterns to get you started, too.
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By D. Turner on Sept. 10 2003
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I am a beginner and I love this book it has help me so much. The instructions are very clear. Buy the book and you will be crocheting in no time!!!!
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This was money well spent. I will tresure this book always and refer to it often. I had never seen some of these stitches. They are great.
Kay Davenport Barr
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I unfortunately did not buy this from Amazon but should have! ... This is a fabulous book and I am a beginner crocheter! I've learned so much in a short time. The pictures are helpful, the charts at first appear intimidating but they are actually quite simple once you read the easy to follow instructions. I am knitting my first pair of socks from the book now and they are going great! I've shown this book to girlfriends and they bought it too - but from Amazon. Buy this, you will not be dissappointed!!!
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