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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 08/09/2006 :  8:22:11 PM  Show Profile Send donncoop a Private Message
My sister has returned to crochet and at one time was quite good. Can anyone recommend some books that were inspiring, or just had some great patterns and ideas. I would like to send her a couple as a gift to encourage this renewed interest and I am more of a knitter than a crocheter.

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Posted - 08/10/2006 :  05:11:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message
Melissa Leapman does crochet books as well as knitting...I absolutely adore her patterns. I crocheted someone a sweater out of her "Crochet with Style: Fun-to-Make Sweaters for All Seasons" and it turned out beautifully. She also has the books "Cozy Crochet" and "Cool Crochet" which have a lot of nice patterns.

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Warming Up

96 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2006 :  5:02:16 PM  Show Profile Send Knitlin a Private Message
A new great book is 100 Crochet Projects by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. It has everything from a round ripple afghan to wearables to afghans to sweaters, etc. I got it about 2 weeks ago, and I have made a hat and two round ripples from it. It just is a great resource book.

Good luck,


PS a great resource is the local library. You may find that they can borrow from other libraries in the area, so the collection is unlimited. My library also has a "Request line" that you can ask them to purchase a book and if they like the book, they buy it for their collection. It's also a way to preview a book before you actually order it from someplace.

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 09/15/2006 :  1:10:36 PM  Show Profile Send bonitapita a Private Message
I've newly returned to crochet having only crocheted afghans and baby blankets as a teenager. I was really inspired by the SnB Happy Hooker book and Hooked on Style by Catherine Blythe and Patons. I prefer lacy (but not necessarily lace) things.

The library suggestion by Linda was great. Also, just go check out your local yarn shop or craft emporium.

Have fun!


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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 10/23/2006 :  10:40:41 AM  Show Profile Send rsgtarte a Private Message
I bought the 100 Crochet patterns (now that I'm in the message I forgot the title above) for the round ripple and I see it is double crochet. Is there a pattern out there for a round ripple with single crochet? I also purchased the 200 ripple patterns and was pleasantly surprised to find both knit and crochet patterns. I haven't crocheted anything but ripple aphgans for years, so am happy to see all the new things coming out. I appreciate everyone's input for books.
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Posted - 11/01/2006 :  3:37:33 PM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
Not long ago I got Crocheted Hats On the Go from Vogue Knitting and I love it. Nice patterns, and good directions. Everything I have made from that book has come out well. The "On the Go" books are also easy to carry around and not too costly. Barnes&Noble may have it, but I got mine online. Warmly, Chayah[meow]
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Gabber Extraordinaire

579 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2006 :  01:28:41 AM  Show Profile Send Greyling a Private Message
How about a magazine subscription? The two that are more sophisticated and new are Crochet! and Crochet Today. They offer the latest techniques and the latest yarns.

The subscriptions are nicely priced, and I always think mag. subs. are a nice reminder of the person who gave them, plus something to look forward to.

Here are the sites:

Just a thought, and I don't mean that any of the other crochet mags aren't great also. Trust me, I have organized stacks of my favorite issues from practically all of them.

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Posted - 11/07/2006 :  09:58:41 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
I like the Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler and the Harmony Guides for Crochet (there are two volumes) are absolutely awesome. They are the equivalent of the Barbara Walker books for knitting. Also include instruction and technique for all kinds of different crochet, filet, irish lace, etc.
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Chatty Knitter

211 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2006 :  10:38:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Outdoorknitter's Homepage Send Outdoorknitter a Private Message
I am not a crocheter, so I am not speaking from experience, but I have a book titled "Amazing crochet lace" by Doris Chan (New fashioned inspired by old-fashioned lace is what it says on the cover).

There are some beautiful projects in this book - very inspiring. It is not an encyclopedia type book as mentioned above, it looks like it has about 20 projects or so.


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Warming Up

84 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2006 :  08:24:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit mottstreetsara's Homepage Send mottstreetsara a Private Message
I decided to learn how to crochet because Erika Knight's book SIMPLE CROCHET was so beautiful and, frankly, more sophisticated than most crochet I'd seen. I taught myself how to crochet from this book as well, but I wouldn't recommend it. I do think the Debbie Stoller crochet book is great for that.

Knight's also published a more recent crochet book, very good, but not as amazing as the first
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Gabber Extraordinaire

355 Posts

Posted - 02/05/2007 :  3:05:01 PM  Show Profile Send Knitasha a Private Message
Here's a link.

High quality book (as Taunton's usually are)with very clear, detailed directions and good pictures. Technique directions are also given for left-handed crocheters. The patterns are stylish and very wearable -- none of the lumpy-looking big-stitch sweaters that give crochet garments a bad name.
I think this book never got quite the attention it deserved because it arrived early, a year or two before the crochet boom.

"Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?"
--Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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Chatty Knitter

334 Posts

Posted - 02/17/2007 :  10:57:57 AM  Show Profile Send SweaterGrrrl a Private Message
Lily Chin's books can be hit or miss, but I think her Couture Crochet is a hit if you are interested in designing your own patterns.


PS Hip to Crochet has some fun and easy patterns
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New Pal

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Posted - 02/24/2007 :  8:09:50 PM  Show Profile Send Butterfly a Private Message
The Pattern-a-day Crochet Calendar has lots of interesting patterns. You probably won't want to try them all, but there's somthing for everyone. My favorite project is the Abe Lincoln costume for babies! I also like the scarves and jewelry.
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Gabber Extraordinaire

515 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2007 :  11:32:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit mwedzi's Homepage Send mwedzi a Private Message
I am eagerly awaiting the book Sensual Crochet. That won't be out for a while now, but I really really want this book.

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Joan NYC
Warming Up

80 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2007 :  06:16:23 AM  Show Profile Send Joan NYC a Private Message
I just picked up "Stitch and bee-hotch" Crochet "the Happy Hooker" which seems a great beginners tools
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/13/2007 :  5:54:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message
I found this very inspiring. She has 3 books
Freeform: serendipitous design techniques for knitting & crochet,
Never too many handbags,
and Bullions & Beyond - tips & techniques for the crochet bullion stitch.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

444 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  06:37:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit carolbeech's Homepage Send carolbeech a Private Message
I haven't seen "Loop-d-Loop" crochet yet, but I loved the knitting book and I imagine that the crochet version will be just as great. I am sure that anything Teva Durham does will be wonderful.
I do like "Knitting loves Crochet" if one knows how to knit and crochet.
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Chatty Knitter

297 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  10:40:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tangerine7199's Homepage  Send Tangerine7199 a Yahoo! Message Send Tangerine7199 a Private Message
lily chin's book of afghans...i can't begin to tell you how much i love that book! i made my dear dad, mom and boyfriend afghans out of that book and they all love them. what i like about it most is that you know how most patterns say chain 120 and it turns out you might want more or less? well chin's book she always says multiple of __ plus __ which i very much appreciate. turns out i made my dad the baby blanket only much much bigger and a change of colors of course. i can't say enough about this book.

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Stitching Fool
Chatty Knitter

196 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2007 :  3:31:48 PM  Show Profile Send Stitching Fool a Private Message
I'm a knitter who picked up crochet and am "hooked". So nice to be able to see any knit or crochet pattern (well, not any, but you know,many ) now and just make it. Now I'm hoarding crochet books, like I've been doing with knitting. My latest is the new Doris Chan Everyday Crochet. It is truly wonderful for the crocheter who wants to expand skills.
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