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« on: August 02, 2007 05:14:52 PM »

Are there any books out there that would teach me how to crochet?  That are easy to understand and explains everything well?  I want to learn how to crochet.  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007 05:16:21 PM »

I don't know of any books, but this is a really good website for learning.  It has really detailed videos of most of the stitches you need to know.

http://www.nexstitch.com/v_crochet_videos.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007 05:19:15 PM »

Second nexstitch.com by Amie.

A good book would be the Stitch n B*tch book.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007 06:56:22 PM »

American School of Needlework, a publishing company, has a good low cost, ($3.50 in the States), leaflet that's 10 pages long and has good illustrations and a few patterns to practice your skills.  It's called, 'First Steps in Crochet'.

It also has another one for double that cost that's 22 pages long called 'Learn to Crochet in Just One Day' that has good illustrations, and a few more projects to hone the skills it teaches.

I think either one is a good way to get your feet wet and see if it's for you.

A book called the 'Happy Hooker' has good written instructions.  I just learned to double triple and double crochet decrease from it the other day!  But it's a honkin', pricey number filled with a bunch of patterns that I'm not sure I'd want to make, but I know that a lot of other folks have enjoyed making them, so you might want to check that out.

Anyway, let us know what you pick and how it works for you and good-luck!  Crocheting is loads of fun and has gobs of creative potential. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2007 01:23:06 AM »

Stitch & Bitch worked well for me.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2007 07:08:42 AM »

Most, if not all, books have crochet instructions in them somewhere. At Michaels I bought a book (don't remember the name) that had a purple cover, and Encyclopedia of Stitches on it.  It has left hand instructions on one side, and right handed instructions on the right side.  But really, the best thing for crochet is just to do it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2007 09:47:44 AM »

Also, try the CrochetMe.com web site and Kim Werker's book "Teach Yourself Visually: Crochet"

There's lots of good instructions out there.  Find the ones that make sense to you, make lots of swatches, and practice the various stitches.  It's fun!
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007 11:42:57 AM »

I used Crochet Your Way.  There are a lot of instructions on different stitches, as well as instructions on an afghan made up of squares of different stitches.  I haven't tried any of the clothing patterns, but the book is a good reference for primer instructions and for designing your own items.  However, it doesn't include granny squares or any variation on them, which makes up a lot of a crocheter's vocabulary.  Still, a good tool to use.
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2007 02:33:48 PM »

I used 'crocheting for dummies' by Karen Manthey to learn how to crochet (its an appropriate title for me too! Cheesy).  I basically worked through the book from start to finish - I found it explained all the terms that other books just assumed you already knew.  It was a really clear book and I haven't come across a stitch yet that it didn't show how to do.  Its great for reference too when you get stuck!
I've leant it to quite a few people at work who have also now caught the crochet bug - they also said they found it really clear and easy to read.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2007 08:32:30 AM »

Go to you library and pick up some crochet books there, that way you haven't spent anything and can try them out at you leasure.

I learned how to crochet with Debbie Stoller's "The Happy Hooker" "The Art of Knitting And Crochet 2" DVD. and "Crochet Made Easy" an intereactice CD-Rom from Coats and Clark which costs about $6.  Also do a "Google" search and you'll find multiple sites online with mini videos on each of the techniques
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