Everyday Crochet: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

Alpha. Nov. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780744061710. pap. $21.99. FIBER CRAFTS
Multi-crafter, crochet-pattern designer, and PlanetJune blogger Gilbank (The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Amigurumi) provides a comprehensive course on how to crochet. It doesn’t necessarily add anything new, but if readers are looking to build or update their crafts collections, this would be a great addition. Clear photographs, written instructions—including some helpful tips for left-handers—and crochet symbol charts ensure that beginners will be able to learn to crochet and follow patterns. Information about yarn weights and fiber types, plus a wide array of stitches from simple to complex, increasing, decreasing, and finishing projects, make this a thorough resource and useful for intermediate to advanced crocheters as well. The projects are generally simple but useful (increasing in difficulty throughout the book) and can be customized to suit most aesthetics. There’s also a glossary of terms and a quick-reference guide at the end.
VERDICT Crocheters of all levels will likely find this to be a useful reference guide. Recommended for most public libraries.
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