Sunday, July 26, 2020

Crochet: Over 130 Techniques and Stitches

Crochet is a technique and tutorial reference with included projects. This is a reformatted and updated 2nd edition (original pub. date 2014) due out 15th Sept 2020 from Penguin Random House on their DK imprint. It's 320 pages and will be available in hardcover format. As almost always with DK's offerings, I was blown away by the detailed, clear, and solidly expert photography. Every photo is well rendered and easy to follow. The supportive text is also clear, spare, and easy to understand.

The project tutorials are attractive and cover a broad range of difficulties, styles, and materials. Each of the tutorials contains a finished color photo, techniques used, project size and tools and supplies needed followed by step-by-step instructions. Most of the tutorials also contain multiple process photos which make construction and details easy to follow. Measurements are given in American standard and metric (SI) units. Projects are listed thematically: blankets & cushions, home & gifts, hats & scarves, gloves socks & slippers, clothing, toys, and bags. 

At least in the eARC I was provided for review purposes, the revisions and additions in the second edition are highlighted in red text in the index and represent about 30% new content. It's probably worthwhile to have a look even for readers who have access to the first edition.

This would make a superlative selection for home hobbyists, learners, makers spaces, library use, or in a classroom/workshop setting. Five stars. Very well done.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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