The Crocheter’s Companion from Interweave Press is more what I would call the crocheter’s best friend. The book starts off with an overview of the craft, outlining crochet hook sizing, yarns that are especially appropriate for crochet, and the basics of gauge. This section makes the book especially applicable to new crocheters, who may find the world of crocheting a bit more complex than they had expected. Likewise, the second section of the book caters mostly to beginners, with tutorials on basic stitches and methods of crocheting.
The Companion gets a bit more exciting in the Advanced Stitches section, with how-to’s on embellishments like picot edging and popcorn stitch. Since the techniques in this chapter are not used in every project, they are easy to forget. Crocheters can use this section as a reference tool to brush up on a stitch before beginning a project that uses it frequently.
The Finishing Techniques and Decorative Finishings sections will be eye-opening for beginner and intermediate crocheters alike. These sections shed some light on both common and uncommon finishings, from simple seaming and blocking to tassels and zippers. The Motifs and Medallions chapter introduces crocheters to the concept of motifs as building blocks for a project and overviews some of the most common motifs. If you’re venturing into more complicated projects involving techniques like Irish crochet or beading, the More Ways to Crochet section is for you.
What sets this book apart from other crochet references is its small size and its spiral binding, which allows it to lie flat no matter which page it’s open to.
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