Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: "Crochet: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide" by DK Editors

Billed as a resource book for crocheters at all levels, Crochet: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide features the basics and over 80 patterns at all skill levels. Visually stunning thanks to the well done photographs, the book showcases quite a number of possibilities for gifts, home use, and more.

After a section on the basics of tools, various types of yarn, stitches, and more the book goes on to projects. Some are simple such as “Beaded Necklace” (pages 28-29) or “Cell Phone Covers” (pages 36-37) to the far more complex “Baby Blanket” (pages 148-149) and “Flower Pin Cushion” (pages 184-185) and others. Each of the more than eighty projects has detailed instructions, a recommended skill level, pictures of the finished project, and often a tip to make the item more useful or easier to make.

A two page glossary, an eight page index, and a one page acknowledgment/ author bio bring this over 300 page book to a close.

While a comprehensive and interesting book Crochet: The Complete Step-By-Step Guidet suffers from organization issues. Many of the projects seem to have little rhyme or reason as to why they are placed here or there and the table of contents is a bit scattered. The result is a good book that is made more difficult to use than it should be.

Crochet: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide
DK Editors
DK Publishing
February 2014
ISBN# 978-1-4654-1591-2
320 Pages

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System. The annual book sale is scheduled this year for August 8-10. More details are at the Friends of the Plano Public Library website.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2014

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