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Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,175 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Debbie does crochet! Debbie Stoller, the “knitting superstar,” has been leading an entire movement of hip young knitters with her New York Times bestseller Stitch ’n Bitch and its follow-up, Stitch ’n Bitch Nation, together with over 521,000 copies in print. But guess what? For every one knitter in the world there are three crocheters—which translates into millions of hip, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 13th 2006 by Workman Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 19, 2008 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crochet fanatics of the world
Shelves: crafts, crochet
A good book for a skinny bitch if you're interested in crocheting clothes. Debbie Stoller's book tends to be a little bit size-ist, but that's pretty standard for pattern books these days. Still, the accessories are *great* and very fun to crochet. I did the "First Aid Purse" for my cousin Alex who's going to nursing school, and it was a huge hit. In general, I'd say it's a book worth owning, at any stage or skill level. Stoller has chosen designs that are attractive and entertaining, some very ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Endrina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Endrina by: Beginning crocheters in particular
I got this book yesterday, and cannot put it down. I started crocheting a month ago, confused but determined to learn. The last day I have had more epiphanies regarding crocheting - all thanks to this book. As Debbie Stoller says herself, many books on crocheting are more confusing than helpful, lacking basic information such as the fact that one usually crochets through the *two* top loops (and not one, as I did for my first month of crocheting - believing I was doing it correctly). Debbie has ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Joi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wannabe crafters
I adore this book. If you want to learn to crochet, or, if you've already got the basics, or heck, if you're really flippin' good and just want a project to work on, this is the book for you. I've gotten several people "hooked" on crochet via this book. One caveat, if you have an early printing, there may be some errors, but you can go to Debbie Stoller's website, and all edits are posted.
This book has been invaluable to me while I have been learning the basics of crochet and expanding my skills. I bought the book already knowing the basic chain, single and double crochet stitches and the lengthy primer with diagrams and photos helped me put that knowledge into context and build upon it. After a few scarves and a beanie hat I tried making granny squares which led to an afghan.

I'm currently working on the Short 'n Sweet bolero which, while more advanced than anything I have tried
If you are a beginning crocheter this is the perfect book for you. It explains all stitches in detail. In fact, it is the only crochet book I have ever come across that explains where exactly to put your needle and which strand(s) to pick up. It talks about tools, different kinds of yarn and techniques. It shows you how to crochet buttons and button holes, adding tassels, making pompons and how to finish your work with easy to follow instructions and clear illustrations.
The second part is a numb
This is an excellent example of what a craft book in general should be; it's clearly written and easy to understand without being patronizing, while still retaining a sense of humor to keep it from degenerating into a droning, textbookish monologue.

The illustrations are an added perk, and make it easier to understand just what the author is trying to say, which is a must when you're trying to figure out that tricky V-stitch, but they don't clutter the page too much.

The patterns are widely varied
Jul 20, 2009 MonikaG rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to learn how to crochet
Shelves: favourites
The best crochet book there is! The instructions are super clear - I don't know how Debbie Stoller managed to make what is quite a difficult subject to explain easy to understand, plus it's humourous and there are loads of explanations of many of the types of stitches in crochet.

The book is split into two parts - a section on instructions and then a section on patterns. The only downside to me, if there is one, is that the patterns are not all to my taste, but the instructions in the first half
I just made the mohair capelet thingie and it's pretty nice but it's a little weird in the back because it's increased all around so the back isn't flat. I get cranky when patterns could be better. But, it's my first finished crochet thing and I used dc, tr, made shells... and it only took 2 days. Go me! The instructions in the front of this book are awesome for reference. My hand hurts now, though. Might make one of the cardigans but I'm wary of patterns that require one to make several pieces ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Cate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to learn crochet
I’ve been a knitter for many many years, but have always wanted to learn how to crochet but, as my yearly attempts always seemed doomed to failure I was beginning to believe that old saying ‘knitters can’t crochet, and crocheters can’t knit’; until I found this book.

If you are starting from scratch after many frustrating attempts, this is the book for you and is a perfect example of what ‘learn how to’ craft book should be like. Written in a clear and easy to understand manner, which is also la
Maha Ayesh
The title makes the book a little embarrassing to have lying around, but there are a good number of nice patterns that I want to try. Some of the patterns are very odd, too. I haven't tried any yet though, but I have plans to in the near future. The general crochet instructions are clear, too; better than my Jan Eaton book.
Mar 29, 2007 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crochet nerds
Shelves: non-fiction
some of the patterns are fucking awesome, and a lot of them are really crappily written and hard to follow. some great ideas and a good collection of the basic info. i need to own this book
I learned to crochet from this book. I tried and tried to learn from my mom, but this book taught me all about how to put my nose in the crotch and that it's ok to be a back door betty.
A good book for someone beginning crochet or someone a little bit advanced. Check the errata before starting any projects. It's riddled with mistakes.
Andrea Paterson
It was Debbie Stoller's Stitch n Bitch that I used to teach myself to knit. NOw, in a blasphemous move for a seasoned knitter, I'm teaching myself to crochet a decade after I picked up my first knitting needles. Turning to Debbie Stoller again was a smart move. Her instructions, as always, are clear, informative, amusing, and well organized. I doubt I'll actually use any patterns from this book, but when it comes to learning basic crochet skills, this book is taking the upper hand on every onlin ...more
Lindsay Nichols
The main reason I bought this particular crochet book was that the patterns were mostly funky and modern. A lot of crochet patterns are stiff and just variations on granny squares. That's nice, if you want to make an afghan that will match your great-aunt's olive and burnt orange living room ensemble that she has remodeled since 1978.

I wanted quirky, sweet, and most of all, easy to follow patterns that I would actually wear out in public! (Fuzz bunny slippers excepted.)

Happily, I have finished a
Sassy Debbie Stoller has done it again with a book for crocheters and wanna-be crocheters that has all the boldness and excitement of her earlier knitting projects. The stitch instruction section is lively and well illustrated with photos and step-by-step drawings of each stitch progression, and the titles of the sections are are entertaining as they are informative. 40 patterns are included ranging from simple for beginners to advanced for the more skilled. Designs for younger women in particul ...more
Cathy Austin
Five stars for this superb crochet book by masters of the craft and who offer up cheeky delicious easy timeless patterns. I was surprised at the copyright of 2006 because this is a modern pattern selection, current items are trending on social media sites and I have made several myself; fun, flexible crochet items are always the best and these are. I liked this book so much I bought it for my home library. Yay!
Dawn Peterson
Love this book

This is one of a few books that i have got for my kindle that is straightforward. This book will help you learn crochet or help you refresh if you've been away for a bit. There are a lot of patterns for any kind of project you may want to try. I definitely recommend this book.
Jessica Armstrong
This book is amazing. If there were a better word for it, I would use it - but one doesn't exist so I'm going to make one up: Stupendiferous. Debbie Stoller does it again with her instalment on crochet, adding to her numerous knitting books.

As a complete newbie approaching crochet, it was very daunting until my friend lent me a copy of The Happy Hooker. The diagrams and descriptions are just perfect when you're coming into a new craft like this. I needed things lined up plain and simple, and Sto
Oct 21, 2008 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: knitters. crocheting is so much more fun!!
Recommended to Danielle by: Dave Gunn (xmas gift!)
I went from only understanding how to do a slip stitch to making a hat with ear flaps overnight--LITERALLY! It was all thanks to this book.

I have now learned to master single, double, and triple crochet stitches (the basics), crocheting a flat circle, the puffy stitch, grannie squares, and now an actual clothing accessory.

I previously only knitted (and purled) verrry basic things (I could make you a scarf or a pot holder), but now with my rad new crocheting abilities, I'm ready to take on the w
Joshua Gage
Clearly designed for a younger crowd, the patterns in this book were fun and clever, but still stately and fashionable. Many of them, however, take a LOT of yarn, which is difficult on my budget. Still, the projects that I've made from this book came out beautiful.
A lot of fun and interesting patterns, and I mean a lot. The entire first half is pretty much everything you need to know for crocheting, so this is a very comprehensive guide. It even has lists of all the fancy stitches you can do,so if you have any question of what the heck the instructions are talking about, go back to the beginning and find it.

I haven't had a chance to actually do any of the projects in the book (it has to go back to the library soon), but the instructions and diagrams are e
I think this is a nice book for beginners and advanced-beginners. If you already know how to crochet and understand many commons stitches, you can probably skip the front section of the book, which describes types of yarn, hooks, and does a general run-down of needed knowledge; however, this is the case with lots of crochet books! There are definitely some cute projects and I was surprised to learn that I was even familiar with the creator of one of the patterns included. I felt like Happy Hooke ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crochet, self taught, how to
Recommended to Sarah by: literary guild
I have been a "hooker" for almost 25 years now,the product of my grandmothers teachings. I have read so many crochet books and patterns, I thought I knew it all. This book should be a STAPLE of every crocheter. She starts at the basics and teaches you step by step little by little. I learned some things I had never known and a few new easier techniques.
Everything from the anatomy of your hook to how to read a pattern and even a nod to filet and tunisian stitch.
entertaining and easy to follow and
Sarah *Saranghae yo*
I like the designs that Ms. Stoller includes in her book. As I've been crocheting since middle school, I always search for new designs, stitches, and ideas.
Good basic info for any beginners, and a solid reference of information. The patterns however, all felt very outdated and were unappealing to me.
Nice patterns if not real challenging. The teaching tools in the beginning are nicely done. It should add in the "making a center pull ball" instructions to have the hank suspended over something, like chair arms, etc. before beginning as to not get into the tangled web of destruction. Edited to add: get thee a nostepinne if you want to make a center pull ball. Much cheaper than a ball winder and much less hair pulled than trying to make do with nothing.

FYI- I did not make any of the patterns/pr
Awesome!!! A clear, concise and fun read!!! A great re-introduction to crocheting!!! Some great patterns too!!! Also enjoyed reading about the contributors!!!
I learned to crochet from this book! A few years back I tried picking up knitting, and I'm pretty sure now that it's accomplished by some sort of magic or possibly hoodoo. Discouraged, I dismissed needlework as something I just didn't have an aptitude for. Since then, with the help of this book, I too have become a happy hooker, though my completed projects are... well, few. Check the errata posted on the Stitch 'n Bitch website before starting on any of the projects in this book though, because ...more
Great book for a beginner or an expert. Really useful explanation of loads of stitches and US/UK conversions.
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Stoller is the co-founder, co-owner, and editor-in-chief of the third wave feminist, popular culture magazine Bust magazine.
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