Book Review: Crochet 101


Thank you to Quarto Publishing - Quarry Book for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

Description

Written with the absolute beginner in mind, Crochet 101 teaches all the basics for learning to crochet with step-by-step instructions and photographs. Crochet 101 will teach you to crochet through engaging projects, beginning with easy designs for early success and moving on to progressively more difficult patterns as you master the techniques. New skills are explored in depth as they are introduced. The most comprehensive beginner’s book available, Crochet 101 begins with an introductory section covering all the basics of crochet: selecting yarn, hook types and sizes, other tools and accessories, crochet gauge, chaining, forming the basic stitches, and reading patterns. Companion online video tutorials demonstrate the essential techniques to make your introduction to crochet complete. All the information you need to get started with crochet is contained in this captivating guide.

Review

The edition I received from the publisher is the 2018 digital edition of the book which was originally published in 2012.

Burger describes this as a workshop in a book - and it is just that.

Crochet 101 begins with crochet basics. You will learn the terms and parts of a crochet hook, you will learn how to hold a crochet hook, and more.

There are three different ways to hold a hook. I apparently use the Knife or Overhand hold - who knew!

Burger then goes into different types of fiber. This is key when starting a new project.

You will then learn how to begin crocheting, and how to troubleshoot many common problems. This is great because there are photos with which you can compare your stitches; this way you can easily identify the issues with your crocheting and will then be able to fix the problem.

Next, Burger jumps right in to some very simple beginner projects. The "Chain Gang Boa" is a very easy scarf because it is a cluster of long, multi-color crochet chains.

After you have mastered the simple projects, Burger provides more challenging patterns such as lacy scarves and shawls.

There is no need to worry about getting your crochet projects 100% correct the first time; there are plenty of tips and troubleshooting notes along the way! Even seasoned crocheters will have to pull a few stitches from time to time. Burger makes it easy to identify what went wrong.

At the end of the book there is a a helpful glossary and icon dictionary, as well as a useful index.

Crochet 101 is great for beginners and intermediate crocheters. It feels like Deb is there with you to guide you through it all, start to finish. Highly recommended!

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