Stress Free Crochet: Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter

Stress Free Crochet: Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter
Title: Stress Free Crochet: Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter
Author:
Catherine Hirst
Description:

Stress Free Crochet is an indispensable quick-reference book for crochet devotees, crafters, and needlecraft enthusiasts at all levels. Pre-empting problems as well as solving them, this book offers complete advice on tools and materials, trouble-shooting tips and step-by-step techniques. What do you do if your tension swatch just doesn’t match the one on the pattern? Do you know what “working into the ring” means? How do you substitute yarns and what do you do if your border doesn’t lie flat? Stess Free Crochet answers questions you didn’t know you needed to ask, laying out best practice methods and taking the reader through every stage of the crochet process.

Organised by the stages in a project, from choosing tools, through adding trims and embellishments to finishing, the content is presented so you have all the information you need before you get started and know exactly where to look when you get stuck. Illustrated entries and step-by-step tutorials cover every aspect and item in the crochet process. Cross-references take you between chapters so you can see how different aspects relate to each other, providing troubleshooting tips that offer advice on how to deal with virtually any crochet calamity.

Flexi binding allows the book to stay open as you work. It’s so much easier to follow instructions without having to hold a book open with your knee! Advice is neatly organized to make this an accessible and easy-to-navigate guide so that the reader knows exactly where to look for the advice they need. Packed full of pro advice, step-by-step tutorials and troubleshooting tips, Stress Free Crochet is the quick-reference book no crafter should be without.

 


No. of pages: 192pp
Cover type: Paperback
Trim size: 210mm x 146mm
Colour type: Full colour
Series: Milner Craft Series
Imprint: Sally Milner Publishing
ISBN: 978 1 86351 461 3
RRP: A$29.99

Contents

Introductory basics

How to use this book

Glossary of terms

American/European/Australian terms

 

Section One: Materials

Chapter 1: Hooks

·       Types of hooks

·       Hook sizes

·       How to choose a hook

·       Troubleshooting

Chapter 2: Yarns

·       Types of yarn

·       Fiber content

·       Yarn weights

·       Yarn colors

·       Yarn substitutions

·       Pulling yarn

·       Adding new yarn

·       Challenging yarns

·       Troubleshooting

·       Other materials for crocheting

Chapter 3: Notions, trims and extras

·       Cutting tools

·       Measuring tools

·       Needles

·       Gauges

·       Stitch marker

·       Accessories

·       Lace

·       Embellishments

·       Buttons

·       Zippers

·       Sequins and beads

·       Fringes and tassels

·       Pompoms

·       Cords

 

Section Two: Techniques from start to finish

Chapter 4: Beginning to crochet

·       How to hold the hook

·       How to hold the yarn

·       Slip knots

·       Leaving a tail

·       Foundation chain

·       How to count chains

·       Controlling tension

·       Troubleshooting

 

Chapter 5: Basic stitches

·       Single crochet

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Half double crochet

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Double crochet

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Treble crochet

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Taller stitches

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

 

·       Slip stitch

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Turning chains

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Loop stitch

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Spike stitch

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

·       Around the post stitches

o   What it is

o   How to make it

o   When to use it

o   Where to put your hook

o   Counting stitches and rows

o   Decreasing stitches

o   Increasing stitches

o   Extended stitches

 

·       Other stitches

o   Shell stitch

o   Popcorn stitch

o   Bobble stitch

o   Puff stitch

o   Crab stitch

o   Cable stitch

o   Selvage stitch

·       Troubleshooting

o   Confusing terms

 

Chapter 6: Gauge Swatches

·       What is a gauge

·       Making your own gauge swatch

·       Measuring stitch gauge

·       Measuring row gauge

·       Troubleshooting

 

Chapter 7: Basic Stitch Patterns

·       Single crochet rows

·       Half double crochet rows

·       Double crochet rows

·       Shell stitch

·       Mesh stitch

·       Front/back loop rows

·       Popcorn stitch

·       Cables

 

Chapter 8: Basic Shapes

·       Flat shapes

o   Circles

o   Squares

o   Triangles

o   Semi circles

·       3D shapes

o   Tube

o   Bowls

 

Chapter 9: Reading Patterns

·       Pattern terms

·       Executing pattern instructions

·       Repeats

·       Sizing and measurements

·       Adjusting sizes

·       Shaping

·       Troubleshooting

 

Chapter 10: Borders and edges

·       Fastening off

·       Borders

·       Corners

·       Buttonholes

·       Pockets

·       Troubleshooting

 

Chapter 11: Adding trims and embellishment

·       Beads/sequins

·       Pompoms

·       Buttons

·       Fringes

·       Cords

·       Tassels

·       Zippers

 

Chapter 12: Finishing

·       Weave in ends

·       Blocking

·       Joining motifs

·       Care and maintenance

Index

Acknowledgments

 

 

Introductory basics Section One: Materials Section Two: Techniques from start to finish Index Acknowledgments
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