The Crocheter's Companion Revised and Updated

Explore a guidebook with over 65,000 copies sold! Get more stitches, over 70 new illustrations, and step-by-step techniques in this new edition of The Crocheter's Companion, Revised and Updated.
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Explore a guidebook with over 65,000 copies sold! Get more stitches, over 70 new illustrations, and step-by-step techniques in this new edition of The Crocheter's Companion.

This indispensable resource includes all of the essentials, plus a few exciting extras you've been longing for: more tools, stitches, and techniques, as well as updated yarn information, complete abbreviations and symbols, and additional information on reading stitch diagrams. Also, due to popular demand, the section on Tunisian crochet has been expanded.

Still in its handy pocket-sized, spiral-bound format, the updated edition covers all the basics (and then some!). Thread and hook charts, stitch instructions with clear illustrations, and lots of helpful hints from one of crochet's most experienced authors will inspire beginners and serious crocheters alike. With impeccable illustrations, an easy-to-understand format, and the most updated information available, The Crocheter's Companion will soon become the only crochet resource you'll need.

Table of Contents
Tools, Yarn and Gauge
-Crochet hooks
-Crocheter's supply kit
-Dye lots
-Yarn labels and bands
-Yarn label symbols
-Substituting yarns
Gauge and tension
-Gauge swatch

How to Read Crochet Instructions
How to read a crochet pattern
-Holding your project
-Turning your work
Written instructions-terms and symbols
International stitch symbols and terms
Skill level symbols
How to read a stitch diagram
-Stitch diagram working in rows
-Stitch diagram working in rounds

Basic Crochet Stitches
Foundation chain
Chainless foundations
-Chainless foundation single crochet (fsc)
-Chainless foundation half double crochet (fhdc)
-Chainless foundation double crochet (fdc)
Single crochet
Extended single crochet (esc)
Half double crochet (hdc)
Extended half double crochet (ehdc)
Double crochet (dc)
Extended double crochet (edc)
Treble crochet (tr)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Working in the front loop only and the back loop only

Basic Crochet Techniques
Working in rows
-Key to turning rows
Working in rounds
-Adjustable ring or magic loop
-First round
-Succeeding rounds
Joining new yarn

Familiar Stitches and Favorites
Around the post
Cluster stitch
-Cluster worked over a number of stitches
Loop stitch
-Single or slip stitch crochet picot
-Picot variation #1
-Picot variation #2
Popcorn stitch
Puff stitch
-Single crochet ribbing
-Half double crochet ribbing
-Post stitch ribbing
Seed stitch
Shell stitches
-Shell stitch #1
-Shell stitch #2
Solomon's knot stitch

Advanced Crochet Techniques
Aran crochet
Bead crochet
-Stringing beads
-Bead crochet in rounds
-Bead crochet in rows
-How to work bead single crochet (bsc)
-How to work bead double crochet (bdc)
Filet crochet
Lacet stitch
Irish crochet
-Irish crochet daisy (unpadded)
-Irish crochet rose (unpadded)
-Irish crochet leaf (unpadded)
-Irish crochet flower (padded)
-Assembling an Irish crochet piece
-Sample Irish crochet mesh background
Multicolored crochet
Changing colors
Ruffle crochet

Motifs and Medallions
Granny squares
-Sample granny square
-Joining granny squares
Working half motifs
-Half granny square
-Granny square triangle
Circular motifs

Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet hooks
Tunisian crochet versus conventional crochet
Forward pass and reverse pass
Tunisian simple stitch (tss)
-Binding off in tss
-Increasing in tss
-Increasing one stitch at the beginning and end of a row
-Increasing several stitches at the beginning and end of a row
-Decreasing in tss
Tunisian knit stitch (tks)
Tunisian purl stitch (tps)
-Binding off in tps

Decorative Finishings
-Ring buttons
-Covered buttons
-Attaching buttons to garment
-Chain stitch cord
-Round cord
-Twisted cord
Twisted cord fringe
-Three-strand braided cord
-Four-strand braided cord
Braids and insertions
Decorative edgings
-Reverse single crochet edging (rsc)
-Reverse half double crochet edging
-Picot edging
-Shell edging
-Shells with picot edging
-Knotted fringes
-Knotted lattice fringe
-Crocheted fringes
-Corkscrew fringes

Finishing Techniques
Finishing ends
-Sequence for assembling a garment
-Seaming with a tapestry needle
-Seaming with a crochet hook
-Buttonholes worked horizontally
-Buttonholes worked vertically
-Button loop tips
-Edging a neckline
-Edging armholes
-Edging an entire jacket
-Blocking before seaming
-Blocking after seaming
Caring for crocheted items
General guidelines for cleaning
-Hand washing
-Machine washing

Helpful Hints and Troubleshooting
Foundation chains
Turning chains
Stitch count
Right/wrong side of work
Joining new yarn mid-row
Measurements and sizing
Finishing techniques

About the Author
Nancy Brown is the author of the original edition of The Crocheter's Companion, and her work has been featured in Interweave Knits, Scarf Style, and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns (all Interweave). A crocheter for almost 40 years, Nancy served as executive vice president of the Crochet Guild of America and was the West Coast representative for Skacel Collection Inc. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

SKU: 12CR07

Author/Speaker/Editor: Nancy Brown

Format: Spiral Bound

ISBN 13: 9781596688292

Number Of Pages: 132

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Customer Reviews

All of the basic information you need to begin crocheting. Review by Pamela

I like this book. It is spiral bound, which makes it nice to use while I am working, it lays flat and stays open. I like the compact size, it is not heavy and fussy. The illustrations help me to see what I need to do, along with the written directions. I like the first section titled, Tools, Yarns, and Gauges. It gives the reader information everyone needs to know to have a successful start. It is a nifty little primer with all of the basic information you need to begin crocheting.

(Posted on 3/15/14)

The Crocheter's Companion Review by Carle

I purchased this book a few months ago and was very disappointed with it. It was smaller than I thought it would be, which reduces the size of everything in it. Additionally, it was printed in very light ink. This makes it very difficult to read. Along with the size, it makes this book useless. I returned the book, which cost me the shipping in both directions, but I thought you should know I felt the book was misrepresented. Apparently you don't know that half of the population is over the age of 50 years. By age 40, most people need glasses. Anyone in this age group is going to have trouble with the ink and the paper being the same value. They need black ink and a font that is easier to read. I would guess this book is aimed at the 20 year old. In which case, you should identify this in your description of the book.

(Posted on 6/21/13)