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Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  18 reviews
This 240-page book is the complete, authoritative guide to the history, techniques, and patterns of crochet -- and now it's been updated to reflect what's popular in crochet today. Expanded information is given in some areas, and the skill-building projects have been refreshed with up-to-the-minute patterns. Materials and basic techniques are clearly illustrated. Twenty-ni ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Leisure Arts, Inc. (first published September 27th 2002)
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Marie Segares
This is one of the first books I bought for my teaching library after becoming a CYC certified crochet teacher and instructor (in 2008). The book was published in 2002 and is part of a series of books by Donna Kooler that cover various needlecrafts. I recommend this book for many reasons but there are four elements of this book that really make it stand out as a classic.

1. It is organized in a "beginner friendly" manner.
2. It includes both left- and right-handed instructions, with illustrations.
Apr 27, 2008 penny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting to know more about crochet
I’m in the market for a really good crochet stitch dictionary. I’ve been crocheting forever but have never owned a dictionary and really haven’t known about more than the basic stitches plus “popcorn” (mmm.. popcorn). While I can’t really speak to the projects, I am impressed by the clear diagrams and the 164 included stitch patterns. I think I want more but Kooler has done a very nice job of describing the basics of crochet and included a very beautifully illustrated history of the craft. I lik ...more
This is an excellant book for learning, and being reminded of, crochet basics and more. The written instructions are clear. This is also a great book to learn to read pattern diagrams. It helps to learn the written and diagrams together. Once you learn how to read diagrams you'll be able to crochet patterns from around the world that are not in English but do have the diagrams. Along with basic stitches, there is a section on Tunisian crochet. There are some great patterns. There is also a secti ...more
Lil' Grogan
In general, like this as a beginner reference book. Some history, technique, big clear pictures of swatches, stitch patterns which are written and charted.

However, the specialty crochet only covers beads, wire and Tunisian; the technique section is sparse; and the small amount material doesn't fit my idea of an encyclopedia.
Palm Beach Library
This book seemed really complete in its coverage of all things crochet. Lots of photos of old crochet samples and hooks and a lot of information on lacemaking. The patterns were not too cute but there was a good section in the back that had stitch samples for afghans and trim. I did not follow any of the directions, so I can not say if they were complete or not.
Kiirsi Hellewell
While I am not especially taken with any of the patterns in this book, the stitch pattern guide at the back is EXCELLENT!! There are more than a hundred stitch patterns, motifs, laces, and edgings and they're all explained with written directions, symbols, and clear, colorful close-up pictures.
This was given to me for Christmas by a family member who knew I had just taken up crocheting. I'm not really at the level yet to use the whole book since I only know one stitch, but I look forward to using it. The pictures in it are nice and there is a cute baby in one of the pictures.
I have a library copy but now I've renewed it 3 times I might have to buy it. It's a great source book for those times you forget how to do an extended double crochet.
Loved it - I reference the pattern gallery regularly. Also has alot of good info on history of crochet, yarns, and tools. I highly recommend it!
Good mix of patterns and pattern stitches. I made the cabled scarf out of it and loved it. It's inspiring to look through.
Really nice all-in-one book on crochet for all levels from absolute beginner to experienced.
Incredible photographs of stitches that are really inspiring!
This is the best shelf teaching crochet book ever. hands down.
so cool! and it shows how to read those stitch grafts
Need to buy. Very handy reference.
Kathleen Dixon
Thorough but unexciting.
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