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Crochet Book Reviews

Vogue Knitting on the Go: Crocheted Scarves Two
by Trisha Malcolm
Sixth & Spring Books 2006, $12.95 hardcover

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This series of books from Vogue Knitting is a big hit with The Daily Crocheter editors. Not only are the patterns included well illustrated with clear instructions, but the smaller size hard cover book is perfect for crocheting on the go. It fits right inside most crocheting bags.

Multiple textures and yarn colors are used in the majority of the patterns, including a lush beaded scarf which is easily modified to your own style with a different bead selection.
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting
By Kim P. Werker & Cecily Keim
Visual 2006, $24.99 paperback

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If I were stranded on a desert island and wanted to learn to crochet, this is the book I would select. There are descriptive photos for each step in a crochet stitch, which is a terrific way to learn. (Next to having an expert crocheter show you, of course.) Not only are stitch descriptions highlighted, but also stitch patterns, combining stitches, techniques, and finishing.

The twelve patterns included in the book are a great way to practice the stitches and techniques you have learned. Overall a wonderful book!
The Crochet Answer Book
By Edie Eckman
Storey Publishing, LLC 2005, $12.95 turtleback

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The Crochet Answer Book has become the handy reference guide I refer to when I am having a crochet crisis. This book goes beyond teaching you the basics of crocheting and teaches you the best way to crochet. Everything from selecting the best correct hook for a project, choosing appropriate yarn, completing better shaping and more.

For example, I never knew there were so many different types of crochet hooks and the appropriate use for each one. Beyond what feels most comfortable in your hand, other reasons exist to select one crochet hook over another.

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