This is a 439 page book in black and white (from what I could tell from the PDF file we were given for review purposes) reprinted from 1979, however, crochet instructions and advice does not change, as all craft instructions that stand the test of time do not, and this is one of the MOST wonderful things about this book! Look at the test of time this book has withstood! I will suggest you purchase this as a BOOK.
This is such an excellent book with many hundreds of excellent tips and instructions in it! There are so many patterns in this book, it's unbelievable! There are granny squares, doilies, which happen to be my favorite! The leggings on the cover of this book caught my eye! How I would LOVE to have a pair of those no matter how out-of-date OR NOT out-of-date they may or may not be! The BEST part is I can make them on my own! That is really what got me into sewing and making crafts. I couldn't necessarily afford to go out and binge shop, so I learned how to make clothing and crafts out of necessity. The only problem with that was I FELL IN LOVE with sewing, the fabrics, and crafts, especially crocheting! WOW! The lace we can make with crochet is absolutely beautiful if you are a lace lover! I LOVE to crochet! The hard part - I am left handed! Ugh!
(This may not be my place here, but I AM going to give advice for left-handed wanna-be crocheters who can't figure out HOW to crochet. You left-handed beginners - my advice to you in addition to purchasing this book is to pick up from a box store in the craft area under crochet notions, or in a craft store under crochet notions is to pick up a CD for only about $5 or $6 which you can watch on your computer that has close-up work how to crochet left-handed! It does exist! From there, this book WILL be a necessity to your library! That is how I learned the double crochet stitches, half double crochet, triple or treble crochet, etc., or at least made sure I was doing the tougher stitches the correct way! This CD will get you on your way to the GREAT beginnings of crochet, and THIS BOOK will get you through the rest! These two combined, in my opinion, is the BEST of Crochet!)
The process of creation is explained in such detail in this book, I feel it is outstanding! That is what is going to help anyone the most, is learning the process of creation this book teaches us regardless of what hand you are.
If you are a crocheter and love it as much as I do, then grab this book ASAP! It is a reference tool you'll use, you'll use it for patterns, making patterns, great for newbies - and don't worry, you'll get there! I cannot suggest this book any higher. I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Dover Publications, through NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.
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