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Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  2,373 Ratings  ·  231 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 really liked it
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 it was amazing
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 really liked it
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.
Aug 09, 2011 Rikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, crafty
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
Jun 26, 2008 Asia rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2016 MonikaG rated it it was amazing
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 humorous 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
Jul 23, 2007 Marley rated it liked it
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
Maha Ayesh
Aug 14, 2007 Maha Ayesh rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 28, 2007 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts
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.
Oct 18, 2007 Rebekah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knitting
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.
Mar 29, 2007 Tara rated it really liked it
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
Angee Sluder
Sep 27, 2016 Angee Sluder rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Technically, I'm still reading this one. I'll probably continue to comb through this one for a while. It's not just a book for someone who's well-versed in reading patterns, this book is like a primer for all things crochet-related. It's got a little bit of the history of crochet, a little bit about the author's background with crochet, it covers the different kind of crochet hooks, the parts of a crochet hook, it discusses the fiber content of yarns, the elasticity of certain yarns, it goes ove ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Cate rated it it was amazing
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
Lindsay Nichols
Feb 23, 2013 Lindsay Nichols rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, crafty
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
Mar 18, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing
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
This is a library book that one of the Hat Huggers members was just returning when I was at the library. It looked like a lot of fun. I didn't read every page because, well, it's patterns. But I copied the pages that I wanted to try for later and I'm returning it back to the library.

What I liked about the book was there was a lot of pictures with a lot of colors which was helpful to my eyes. Each row of a pattern had enough space in between that I knew my eyes wouldn't get lost in the process. A
Feb 01, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica Armstrong
Mar 29, 2012 Jessica Armstrong rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2013 Selena rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2008 Jenni rated it liked it
Shelves: crafty
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
Oct 21, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Corton
Oct 06, 2013 Amy Corton rated it liked it
I bought this book as I knew the how to crochet instructions at the beginning were brilliant, just like in the stitch and bitch knitting book. the patterns, whilst interesting are full of mistakes and as such, very hard to follow. I had to do a lot of research on various websites in order to figure out how to make my first project and probably won't bother trying to make anything else from this book. if the patterns didn't have tons of mistakes I would give this book 5 out of 5. There is a websi ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2008 Allison rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: knitting
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
Nanci Svensson
Oct 05, 2013 Nanci Svensson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, crochet
I feel a bit cheap, maybe this book is worth four stars, but even though the book is extremely aesthetic and cool-looking, the projects are... I don't know, a little hipster predictable. I wish there would be a sequel which had the same sense of fun in the photography and writing, but the projects were a little more "far out" and didn't feel sooooo Crochet for Hipster DUFFs 101...

But it's an extremely well graphically designed book, I love looking in it, love the colors and enthusiasm.

Ariel Lynn
Dec 03, 2015 Ariel Lynn rated it it was ok
In reading through this book, stitch by stitch, there were some confusing points where it would have been easier to have photographs in addition to the cartoon depictions of where to put the crochet hook. Also, in the pattern section (in addition to the basic stitch & pattern reading description) there were clear & obvious errors. I would also have liked more close up shots of the completed projects themselves; some pictures showed the models' lovely faces in focus, while the projects th ...more
Andrea Paterson
Oct 01, 2015 Andrea Paterson rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
AWESOME, I am going to have to buy this book, checking it out from the library is not long enough, and I'd like to have it as a reference as I am continuing to learn crochet.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND for new crocheters. It is fun to read, updated, not old and dorky, and it is funny and informative as well.
The diagrams show how to make the stitches easily and understandably.

Wonderful, and you have to love the name of it!

****checked it out from the library AGAIN since it is so helpful! I'm crocheting now
Feb 22, 2013 Larissa rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as much as I loved Stitch and Bitch by the same author. The text is fun to read. So many craft books, have super boring text so I appreciate some humor.

I do like the layout of this book, better than that of Stitch and Bitch because the color pictures of the finished product is right next to the patterns.

Debbie Stoller taught me how to crochet, through a book without ever meeting me. How cool is that?

The book is geared toward beginners, so although there are some pretty cool
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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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“In a book published at the time, a lace manufacturer admitted that he expected his workers to turn a few tricks on the side to make up for his not paying them a living wage. Soon lace, including crocheted lace, began to be seen as morally tainted—it’s made by prostitutes! As Donna Kooler suggests in The Encyclopedia of Crochet, this may even explain how the word “hooker” came to have such wayward connotations.” 1 likes
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