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Not Your Mama's Crochet: The Cool and Creative Way to Join the Chain Gang [Paperback]

Amy Swenson
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Sept. 1 2006
Forget ugly afghans and dainty doilies and think luxurious throws and sumptuous sweaters. You can crochet cool stuff that will make everyone envious--things to spice up your wardrobe and your pad, or gifts to amaze your "I could never do that" friends. Choose from nearly thirty projects ranging from elegant to earthy--from a chic shrug to a recycled denim rug and from fun plush toys to sweaters too good for boys.


In hip style, this guide covers:
* All kinds of yarns and materials, and the tools of the trade
* The basic stitches, shaping, finishing techniques, blocking, and more
* Simple projects that give you close-to-instant gratification and more complex ones that take some commitment
* Suggestions 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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Forget ugly afghans and dainty doilies and think luxurious throws and sumptuous sweaters. You can crochet cool stuff that will make everyone envious--things to spice up your wardrobe and your pad, or gifts to amaze your "I could never do that" friends. Choose from nearly thirty projects ranging from elegant to earthy--from a chic shrug to a recycled denim rug and from fun plush toys to sweaters too good for boys.

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.

About the Author

Amy Swenson has come a long way since she crocheted blankets for her dolls. She now markets her own line of original patterns for knitting and crochet, IndiKnits, sold in over 100 shops across North America and on www.indiknits.com. Her designs have been featured in many popular books and online magazines.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Sept. 28 2006
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up because I absolutely adored one of Amy's patterns in Big Girl Knits and was pretty sure that she wouldn't disappoint when it came to crochet. And I was right! It's fun and informative, with some great patterns and unique ideas. (I've already started saving up Safeway bags to make an eco-tote.) And much as I enjoy the patterns, my favourite part of the book is definitely the *information* -- resources, tips on picking the best shape/colour/fit for your body, how to dye yarn with koolaid. All those things you were wondering about, this book has the answers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource & stitch guide July 23 2008
By CC
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book because of the chapter on what to use instead of yarn, particularly using old jeans to make a rug. Although I haven't made any of the garments in the this book I love the information included in the beginning and the info on yarn substitutions for each pattern as well as approx. cost.

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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131 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Mama's Crochet: great for everyone, mamas included Sept. 28 2006
By Shannon Okey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I knit, crochet, spin...you name it. I've even written a crochet book myself! But I love Not Your Mama's Crochet's fresh take on the art, and I even learned some things myself. (If you've ever found a vintage pattern you love that you want to adapt to modern yarns, check out "Vintage Patterns and Yarn Substitution" on page 57! I also discovered why crochet is cool in Mongolia on page 185 -- now where else are you going to read about that?)

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!
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book makes me WANT to crochet Sept. 28 2006
By Morgan Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a knitter and spinner and will soon be adding crochet to the list. sure I know how to do a basic chain stitch but that is about it. I have tried to learn crochet from other books and failed. However, this book lays it all out in plain English. I can actually keep my sides even!

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.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, get out your hooks and your light weight yarn. It's hookin'time! Oct. 1 2006
By D. R. Oese Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoy the patterns. I like that they use classy yarns yet list less pricey ones for each project. One of the best innovations in the pattern instructions is that the knitting gauge of the yarn is included so you can go into your stash and make substitutions for the yarns. So far what I've tried out has been accurate. I appreciate the careful editing that equals less frustration and potentially unfinished projects.And since I hardly ever follow a pattern as written, I really like the sections on "Variations". They inspire me to invent even more alternatives.

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.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition has only thumbnail black and white pics Dec 29 2010
By Simulated Buttercup - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I need good pictures when I look through pattern books. The Kindle edition of this book eliminates the author's original pictures, substituting black and white thumbnails of a portion of the design. The thumbnails are too small for me to see any detail.

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your mama's crochet Nov. 9 2006
By Amy Gulley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has is all wonderful easy to follow instructions and great projects. This book is great for beginners and a must have for any crocheter!
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