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Encyclopedia of Crochet (Leisure Arts #15906) [Paperback]

Kooler Design Studio
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Sept. 1 2002 Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of ...
Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet

This is the complete, authoritative guide to the history, technique, and variety of patterns every crochet enthusiast will treasure.

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Produced by the Kooler Design Studio, this authoritative encyclopedia of crochet credits a number of well-known designers and writers in the field for its contents, including Nancy Nehring, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Melissa Leapman, Ann E. Smith, and Kathleen Power Johnson. It includes a beautifully illustrated and footnoted history of crochet, instruction in basic crochet techniques for both left- and right-handed learners, detailed information on the abbreviations and chart symbols used in crochet patterns, instruction in specialty and thread crochet techniques, a selection of illustrative projects for crocheters with beginner to advanced skills, and a crochet pattern gallery. The gorgeous, elaborately detailed "Philosopher's Coat" pattern for advanced crocheters shows the art of crochet at its best, while the information included on wire crochet and crocheting socks is difficult to find in other crochet handbooks. Essential for public library crochet collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Leisure Arts is a leading publisher and distributor of “how-to” and lifestyle publications with emphasis on creative crafts, needlework, decorating, and entertaining.  Leisure Arts is located in Little Rock, AR.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Oodles of information Aug. 18 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Encyclopedia Ever! Nov. 17 2003
By livvie
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Crocheter Should Have This Book!!! March 7 2003
I've been crocheting for over 30 years and have tons of books and patterns, but this book is one of the best I've seen. It is useful for someone who has never picked up a hook to an advanced crocheter who wants to pick up a new technique, project, or pattern.
Fist of all, it covers the basics--the history of crochet, how to crochet, stitches, yarns, threads, and needles. It also covers different techniques--filet crochet, Tunisian crochet, changing colors, wire crochet, bead crochet...etc.
The instructions are clear. I like that there are international symbols too. Also, the instructions of basic stitches and techniques are shown for left and right-handed crocheters.
There are lots of neat projects from baby blankets, to a challenging "Philosopher's Coat". Also, there is a pattern directory. I love the pineapple and strawberry patterns!
Also, it is a gorgeous book. It has a clean design and is a nice size and length--makes a nice coffee table book. The projects are modern and beautiful, and the photography is lovely.
I plan to make a pineapple afghan and try my hand at some bead crochet. Maybe one day, I'll try my hand at that "Philosopher's Coat".
There is so much information and instruction for just about anyone to improve their skills as a crocheter or to get started. It is a guide that I know I'll refer to often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Crochet Resource Jan. 12 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best crochet guide ever!!
I have been crocheting ever since I was a little girl. This book is still the best I have found for beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Lisa Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars it's the best
it's very illustrative. I learnt so many stitches and new techniques. I advise it for beginners and professials alike.
Published on March 18 2004 by A. 1445
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource!
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by Jean-Luc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
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!!!!
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by D. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Encyclopedia for Crocheters
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
Published on Aug. 26 2003 by Kay D. Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars I should have saved money and bought from AMAZON
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. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by E. Greve
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Kooler's encyclopedia of crochet
I just recieved my crochet book and I love it. Very easy reading and excellent instructions. I am in "AWE" of this book. Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Deborah Gant
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, but more of a reference
better for reviewing and learning crocheting techniques and stitches, etc. and referring to the many basic patterns included for general crocheting and lacework than for being a... Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by spacedog
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