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Simple Crochet [Paperback]

Erika Knight
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Sept. 2 2003
Simple Crochet brings a modern twist to a traditional craft. Using a stunning range of natural materials—some unexpected—Erika Knight shows how to produce 20 elegant pieces for the home, ranging from cushions, throws and slippers, to boxes and baskets. What is more, you need no previous experience! Simple Crochet uses only a couple of basic stitches and step-by-step instructions give you all the know-how you need to master them. The appealing and original designs are worked in a contemporary color palette based on neutrals with touches of vibrant color, and will fit easily into modern interiors as well as more traditional ones. Simple Crochet is a must for anyone who wants to use their creativity to make simple but beautiful textiles for their home.

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ERIKA KNIGHT is an internationally renowned textile designer and fashion consultant. Her highly acclaimed knitting books, Simple Knits for Easy Living and Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, have earned her an enthusiastic following. She trained in Fine Art in Brighton, England, and has worked as a design consultant for a number of leading fashion companies and retailers in the U.K. and America.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but... April 20 2004
The book is well written, using unique materials, imaginative ideas, and the patterns seem well written to me. I've seen other people make simply beautiful things with these patterns.
That said, my biggest problem with this book, is I really feel the photographs don't do the patterns justice. They're all great pictures, but they all look like they should be side photos, and not a main picture. They don't usually show the whole work, and tend to be too close to the work to give you a full view of what it would look like finished. I saw a finished work from the book online in another crocheter's journal, and I said to myself that I didn't remember seeing that in the book at ALL. I looked back, and realized it was one of the close up pictured items. Not a good way to sell a book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your grandmother's crochet book! March 25 2004
By A Customer
I'm not a fan of the slippers pictured on the cover, but as soon as I looked inside, I knew I had to have this book! It's chock full of hip projects using non-traditional materials like kitchen twine, raffia, and leather. This is not your grandmother's crochet book! I encourage anyone who is sick of wading through out-dated, cheesy patterns to check out this book. Most of the projects are made from simple stitches like single and double crochet, and they are very adaptable. Most of them don't even require a gauge swatch. I won't be running out of projects or ideas for quite a while.
I didn't give it 5 stars because the instructions could've been a little better. First-timers may need some supplemental explanation from other sources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful projects March 23 2004
By A Customer
I've been knitting for a while now and I picked up this book on a whim to expand my repetoire. The projects in it are really beautiful. I had previously steered clear of crochet because I thought all crochet was ugly. I was wrong! This book is modern and beautiful. The patterns all use Rowan yarns which are expensive so be prepard to do so some sleuthing to figure out yarn substitutions. As a complete beginner I did find that I needed some supplemental how-to instructions for stuff that just wasn't clicking in my brain when reading the book instructions. A little internet searching cleared that right up and now I've already picked out about 4 projects I want to try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still have questions Dec 30 2003
I still have questions after looking at the book. I am doing something dreadfully wrong and can't figure it out from the little pictures. I think the stuff in the book is beautiful, but I doubt I'll ever get there. I have tried and tried, and had other people look at the book; but I still seem to be randomly increasing and decreasing and have no idea how I am doing it. Frustrating! Needless to say, I am putting the book away for now. Maybe some other time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars very visually appealing look at classic projects Sept. 11 2003
this book is just a treat. as usual with Erika Knight's books the layout is wonderful; full page photos, photo instructions of stitiches (not drawn ones which are confusing sometimes) and lush photos of yarn and finished projects. no garments here, except the slippers featured on the cover. this is all home dec - afghans, baskets, pillows... many have been done before - but so what! for instance, she explains how to crochet an edging onto sheets or towels - we've seen this before but it still looks fresh and beautiful in modern materials and a stunning presentation.
this is such a great time to be a crocheter; there are many MANY wonderful books being published this year, and this ia worthwhile addition for a novice as well as someone more exeperienced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Modern Pattern Ideas Only Oct. 10 2003
By Nikki
I bought Simple Crochet today, inspired by it's lovely "Modern Afghan" pattern that I saw finished and displayed on a website. The basic design of the book is very trendy, very pleasing to the eye and I wouldn't be embarassed to have this lying on my coffee table. The photographs of project patterns are beautiful. The instructions are very easy to follow, in my opinion and the photographs showing how to do simple stitches are extremely clear. It also has helpful information on yarn types (weights and colors), gauges, and crochet hooks.
Overall, I think this is a lovely book. However, Simple Crochet is just that: simple. It only shows a small handful how-to-do stitch sections, so if you are looking for something more comprehensive, choose another book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice coffee table book, but...
...it does not always provide pictures to clarify the sometimes confusing directions. I have been crocheting for about a month, and based on the reviews, this seemed to be an ideal... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by A. Ownby
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Beginning Book
I am a self taught beginner. I only know one stitch - the single crochet. This book allowed to me make wonderful things with this one stitch. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by "robinscpa"
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Crochet
I gave this book a rating of four stars becuase I "simply wanted more". It is a book of great inspiration and leads the reader to imaginative ideas and projects of their... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Belinda M Borbely
5.0 out of 5 stars simple inspiration
A wonderful display of color and simplicity. I ordered this book even though I have been crocheting for years and still was inspired and learned something (especially about... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book may encourage you to crochet
This is a handsome book by craft author Erika Knight. Her style is "natural"--neutral colors, simple lines. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by Joanna Daneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Crochet is Beautiful Crochet
I rec'd my copy of this book today and, with great anticipation, happily browsed every page. I am writing to report that this is one of the most beautiful, functional crochet books... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by H. Candelaria
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