Ultimate Crochet Bible
A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Book by Jane Crowfoot
The Ultimate crochet bible is a book divided into ten chapters and included many clear step-by-step illustrations.
1. Getting started
In this chapter you will find useful information such as choosing the correct equipment.
This chapter includes: Choosing a hook; Other equipment; Yarn; Choosing a yarn; Substituting yarn; How to read a pattern; Abbreviations; Reading a symbol chart.
2. Crochet basics
This chapter will walk you through a few essential techniques of crocheting.
This chapter includes: First steps; Basic stitches; Extended stitches; Working in the correct way; Working in the round; Stitch directory; Tubular crochet; Amigurumi;
3. Texture and lace stitches
In this chapter you will find combination of various stitches to produce textural designs.
This chapter includes: Ridge stitches; Raised stitches; Spike stitches; Crossed stitches; Cables; Clusters; Puff stitch; Popcorn; Bobbles; Bullion stitch; Loop stitches; Chevron stitches; Mesh stitches; Trellis stitches; Shell and fan stitches; Free-form crochet;
4. Thread crochet
Thread crochet is the term given to traditionally made fine lace weight crochet. This chapter deals with the two most used methods nowadays.
This chapter includes: Filet crochet; Irish crochet;
5. Tunisian and entrelac crochet
This chapter explains how to produce a durable fabric with two techniques that use a different crochet hook.
This chapter includes: Tunisian crochet; Entrelac crochet;
6. Working with colour
This chapter explains everything you should know about adding colours, including the two main methods.
This chapter includes: Choosing colours; Intarsia; Jacquard crochet; Working in the correct way;
7. Beads and sequins
Crocheting with beads is an age-old art. In this chapter you will find this effective and relatively easy technique to achieve.
This chapter includes: Working with beads and sequins;
8. Crochet edgings
The crochet fabric tends to curl, so sometimes, it may be necessary to work an edge. In this chapter you will find several examples.
This chapter includes: Creating edgings; Basic edgings; Beaded edgings; Braids; Fringes, ruffles and tassels;
Here you will find how to add details to your work. This chapter also covers several different cords, and pompoms.
This chapter includes: Sewing stitches; Surface crochet; Decorative flowers; Making cords;
10. Professional finishing techniques
It is important to learn to finish your crochet project in a professional and neat way. This chapter will guide you through a few professional techniques.
This chapter includes: Sewn seams; Crochet seams; Joining circles together; Joining blocks together; Making shapes fit together; Button holes; Making your own buttons; Sewing a button into place; Zippers; Shaping; Picking up stitches; Pockets; Care essentials; Troubleshooting;
About Ultimate crochet bible
Ultimate crochet bible is a definitive reference for all aspects of crochet, from the first chain to the care and maintenance of your projects.
The first two chapters are packed with useful information such as choosing and using a hook, how to read a pattern, holding the yarn and basic stitches. Once you are armed with the basics, you can go on to learn about a wide range of techniques.
Filet and Irish crochet are covered here. The section on Tunisian and Entrelac Crochet shows how elements of crochet and knitting can be combined. Entrelac is a method of creating square shapes in order to make a textured fabric that resembles basket weave.
In Working with Colour, the two main techniques of adding colour to a piece of crochet – Intarsia and Jacquard – are explained. And to create some really exciting effects, you can add beads and sequins to your crochet. It’s a relatively easy technique.
In addition, there are techniques for edgings, braids, fringes and tassels.
Professional Finishing Techniques provides all the know-how you need to take your crochet to a whole new level.
The book follows a logical path and techniques became more complex from mid way and towards the end. That is why the author recommends beginners to read the book from the very beginning.
Although, the book is structured in such a way that you can learn how to crochet from scratch this may be a bit confusing if you are a beginner. Since this book is written in American English with the US crochet terminology, and the UK crochet terminology between brackets.
That’s why if you do not know anything at all it’s better to start with an easy book like this one: A little course in … Crochet.
However, this book is an invaluable treasure, full of instructions and crochet techniques that you can turn to time and time again. And to be honest, this is a very good book with a glossary of terms, clear instructions and hundreds of illustrations and crochet diagrams to show each stage of the process.
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