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200 Crochet Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensible Resource of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The basics of crochet are very quick to master, but feeling confident about how to move beyond the basics and create a stylish, professional finish for all your crochet projects is acommon dilemma faced by many crocheters. Presented in an easy-to-use format arranged by topic and cross-referenced, so you can dip in and out as needed for advice, this book offers hundreds of ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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Mar 22, 2011 Ami rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Pretty much what the title indicates; you'll find no patterns here. It would be a great book to own, to refer back to as you started in on a pattern, or if you're wondering about a particular tool/stitch/whatever. On its own, it is not particularly helpful, although I did use it to try out a trellis lace stitch and a filet swatch, which was new and interesting. I'd say it would be great for a beginner, but only in conjunction with an actual project. Otherwise, it's sort of like reading a diction ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
I'm undecided about the usefulness of this book. It's a good reference book for a number of skills and techniques, but not nearly as comprehensive as I would like. However, there are a few tutorials that expand on the information in two of her other pattern books that would have been helpful to have when I needed them -- i.e. I don't like the idea of having to have a SECOND book to help me with concepts that should have been included in the pattern book.

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Nov 02, 2007 Maria rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
To qualify my two-star rating: I'm sure that this book would be very helpful for an intermediate or advanced crocheter. First, it is a bit odd, because it simultaneously relies on you already being very comfortable with crochet, and also explains to you how to read patterns, what kind of hook to choose, etc. Secondly, it's frustrating that there are no patterns for all the beautiful projects portrayed. Perhaps this book is better in tandem with her other book, 200 crochet blocks, which does cont ...more
Sep 19, 2008 Cayenne rated it liked it
This is a great book for beginning crocheters like me. The pictures and explanations were very helpful. The arrangement was a bit odd, but it's supposed to be a reference book, not a read-from-front-to-back book, which is how I read it. I am sure I'll use this book every time I attempt to do some crochet.
Jul 10, 2008 Grey853 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
This is possibly one of the best books about crochet that I've ever read. It's got photos with instructions for the stitches and lots of good tips about how to deal with crochet problems and projects. It doesn't include patterns, but it does show how to work those basic and less common stitches you might run across.
Mar 14, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
I didn't find the description of the more difficult crochet stitches very helpful. I was trying to this book as a reference to learn cdch but found the pattern explained it way better. The order of the whole book seemed confusing too and it's definitely geared towards people who crochet clothes. I suppose it'd be helpful for that but I really don't need to know about pockets or zippers.
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Nov 14, 2011 Lil' Grogan rated it liked it
Shelves: handmade
Nice reminder resource for basics in garment details, e.g. pockets, shaping. Curious lack of technique in designing garments, but does have basics for shawls, mittens. Particularly liked the "Fix it" tips for different issues, though not sure I'd buy the book as it's pretty heavy in basics of doing stitches which I wouldn't expect from the title.
Jan 22, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, arty-crafty
Nothing like wet cold dark winter days to bring out the crocheter in me - this winter, I found a wealth of books at my local library to aid me in my stash busting resolution. This book is chock full of interesting, clever and helpful tips for crocheters at all skill levels
Jan 21, 2010 Larissa rated it it was amazing
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I thought this book was ridiculously helpful in all kinds of tips for crocheters. I've been crocheting for over 5 years and learned a ton
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Jul 23, 2016 Dana Nelson rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
more of a book to have around if you know how to crochet and would like to further your knowledge/techniques
Apr 18, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: crafts
Some of this is hard to follow for a beginner but there are lots of pictures and nice projects/stitches.
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JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines. Past works include the new edition of Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, Country Cr ...more
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