Not Your Mama's Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang Paperback – Sep 1 2006
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In hip style, this guide covers: All kinds of yarns and materials, and the tools of the tradeThe basic stitches, shaping, finishing techniques, blocking, and moreSimple projects that give you close-to-instant gratification and more complex ones that take some commitmentSuggestions for customizing every design and personalizing every project
Intone your creative mantra and get your hooks into a terrific project. With "Not Your Mama's Crochet," you won't just make unique, chic items--you'll make a statement.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a great book and the pattern instructions are detailed. The instructions to teach you crochet aren't as good as Debbie Stoller's the Happy Hooker so I would not recommend for this book for someone trying to learn to crochet.
The Chunky Monkey scarf is very easy and I have made a number of these - using different weights of yarn but following the stitch makes a lovely last minute Christmas gift.
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The measurement worksheet at the back of the book is an easy way to keep all your personal measurements organized and in one place -- I admit I end up remeasuring myself almost any time I start a new project because I've lost the tiny slip of paper with everything from last time.
Patterns? oh yes... I'm eyeing the recycled denim rug on page 171 as a way to reuse all my old, ripped-up pairs of jeans, and the "Too Good for Your Boyfriend" sweater would look amazing on just about any body type thanks to its lovely raglan shaping. (I'm a big fan of raglans).
Y'know, the other reviewers complained about the information at the front of the book, but I'm sorry -- not everyone has a copy of the Happy Hooker on their desk, and there are only so many ways you can outline the basic info a new crocheter needs to get started. I thought the instructions were really clear and good, and the book title won't cause real-world Mamas to have fits. (Don't laugh -- I've overheard more than one mom at the yarn store passing up Stoller's books due to title... and while I think that's pretty stupid, it does happen. So comparing this book to the Happy Hooker is not really fair).
Not Your Mama's Crochet is a great way to get started, and gives readers lots of encouragement to try out their skills. I really liked this book!
The book itself is well written and laid out. First off is the Market Bag. I live about 4 blocks from the local farmers market. Buying Local, Buying Organic but using plastic bags that I'm just going to throw out? Heck no!! Now I will have a bag to take to the market with me!!
Living in a city where it gets cold at night but is warm during the day makes the Weekend Vest perfect. Once I master that its going to be the Pseudo-Kimono. Having seen this sweater in person let me tell you that it looks fabulous in the picture in the book but in person ... It is to die for!! I can't wait to crochet it up. I have to admit I never thought I would catch myself saying this.
Get this book. Especially you knitters who have stayed away from crochet! This book will change your mind and get you hooked! Literally.
Having been a hardcore knitter for years I was glad to get the refresher on crochet techniques. Also Chapter 12, on how to hook up (sorry for the pun) with the crochet community on-line was helpful.
This is a great book for learning, patterns and inspiration.
The text of the book is chatty and friendly. The patterns are written in an unconventional style, which might be helpful to people who find the current conventional style difficult to follow.
The patterns are standard beginner and intermediate patterns. What this book brings that is different from other books is its chatty text style.
I don't recommend the Kindle edition because of the lack of usable pictures. It's mystifying that Amazon doesn't include this significant change in its description of the Kindle edition. It's a critical difference that makes the difference for many customers between purchasing the Kindle edition and the hardcopy edition.