Cover image for 350+ crochet tips, techniques, and trade secrets / Jan Eaton.
350+ crochet tips, techniques, and trade secrets / Jan Eaton.
1st U.S. ed.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Quarto book"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.


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Give a professional finish to your crochet garments and accessories with this indispensable compendium of technical know-how and troubleshooting tips. Techniques are organized in the order that you'd need them as you work through a project, from choosing the right yarn to looking after your finished garment. Step-by-step photographs, diagrams, and clear instructions guide you through each stage of your work, or you can dip in for help with a particular problem.

Discover how to substitute yarns and accurately estimate the amount required, adapt patterns to create tailor-made garments, and lengthen an existing piece with trims and edgings. From basic chain stitches to filet crochet, there's advice for all kinds of stitches, mixing and matching, and dealing with gauge variations. You'll also find plenty of inspiration for adding an extra-special touch to your work using beaded embellishments and surface crochet!

Author Notes

JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. She is the author of 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans .

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Library Journal Review

In this updated and expanded edition of her 2007 guide, needlecraft specialist Eaton (The New Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques) provides a basics-and-beyond overview of crochet tools and techniques. The content is arranged thematically, with brief, step-by-step tutorials on a variety of topics, with sidebars highlighting skills or easy fixes to common crochet problems. Coverage includes basic stitches, as well as simple decorative patterns (chevrons, fans, and blocks) and special stitches (popcorns, puffs, and bobbles). Also included is information about crocheted edgings, joining motifs, and simple colorwork. Eaton goes in some unexpected directions, with garment design and pattern and chart reading appearing before the stitch guide. The index can help to resolve the oddities in topic arrangement. VERDICT Most questions that a beginning crocheter might have are covered in this guide. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 Hooks, tools, and yarnsp. 10
Choosing and holding a hookp. 10
Essential tool kitp. 14
Looking after hooksp. 16
Which yarn?p. 18
Changing yarnp. 20
Chapter 2 Patterns and chartsp. 22
Understanding crochet patternsp. 22
Reading symbol chartsp. 24
Mixing and matching stitch patternsp. 26
Working from a color block chartp. 28
Working from a filet crochet chartp. 30
Chapter 3 Designp. 32
All about gaugep. 32
Evaluating drapep. 34
Garment shapesp. 36
Getting a good fit from a readymade patternp. 38
Design basicsp. 40
Designing scarvesp. 42
Designing shawls and wrapsp. 44
Chapter 4 Crochet techniquesp. 46
Working a foundation chainp. 46
Working basic stitchesp. 48
Turning and starting chainsp. 54
Understanding stitch patterns, multiples, and repeatsp. 56
Joining in new yarnsp. 58
Joining lengths of yarnp. 60
Working filet crochetp. 62
Working lace stitchesp. 66
Working shells and fansp. 68
Working clustersp. 70
Changing scalep. 71
Working chevron patternsp. 72
Working puff stitchesp. 74
Working popcornsp. 75
Working bobblesp. 76
Adding texture with post and spike stitchesp. 78
Working crossed stitchesp. 80
Shapingp. 82
Shaping filet crochetp. 84
Pocketsp. 86
Making inset pocketsp. 88
Neckbands and collarsp. 90
Button and buttonhole bandsp. 92
Adding buttonsp. 94
Making your own buttonsp. 96
Zippersp. 98
Working edge treatmentsp. 100
Edgings and insertionsp. 102
Jazzy trims and fringesp. 104
Chapter 5 Working in the roundp. 106
Working out from the centerp. 106
Working a basic round blockp. 108
Fitting blocks togetherp. 110
Turning corners on shaped blocksp. 112
Working in layersp. 114
Making a spiralp. 116
Joining lace blocksp. 118
Tubes and cylindersp. 120
Socksp. 122
Mittensp. 124
Chapter 6 Fun with colorp. 126
Grouping colorsp. 126
Stripe patternsp. 128
Working Jacquard and intarsia patternsp. 130
Felting crochetp. 132
Applying beadsp. 134
Setting up a dye studiop. 136
Handpainting yarn with acid dyesp. 140
Chapter 7 Assembling and finishingp. 142
Dealing with yarn endsp. 142
Blocking and pressingp. 144
Seamsp. 148
Working guidelinesp. 151
Resourcesp. 152
Indexp. 158
Creditsp. 160

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