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Author: Rita Weiss
Publisher: American School of Needlework
ASN Publishing
1455 Linda Vista Drive
San Marcos, California 92069
Copyright 1994 ($6.50 33 pages, softcover )

BEKKI highly recommends this book! In fact, she learned how to crochet by using this book.

  • She suggests that other beginning crocheters use the book the way she did: Read through each lesson and then go through them step-by-step, making each lesson's practice piece.

  • Bekki was impressed that the book was not costly. She says, "Those who aren't sure whether or not they will want to continue crocheting, can learn how to crochet through this book, without being financially drained. It was also great to be able to learn from an introductory book and make such nice-looking projects without having to spend any extra money."

    Here's what else Bekki has to say about The Complete Guide to Thread Crochet!

    This book covers the basics of what one needs in order to learn thread crochet. Since the first lesson begins right after opening the cover and describes hooks and threads, Bekki said she knew exactly what materials she needed for the rest of the lessons. Not only did it help in acquiring the materials specific to the book, but it briefly explained about hooks in general and ways to distinguish between different thread sizes.

    The lessons give step-by-step instructions on the chain stitch, working into the chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, triple crochet, slip stitch, and pattern stitches such as the cluster, popcorn stitch, picots, and information about the pineapple. Before jumping right into the projects, the author explains increasing and decreasing, joining in a new thread, starching and blocking, reading patterns, and about gauge.

    Fun projects are at the end of the book, says Bekki. She's made a Suzy Snowflake and both the Simplicity Doily and the Lacy Bouquet Doily. After going through the lessons, she said she had very little difficulty with any of the project patterns. She said she was also able to follow instructions and make projects in other books with little difficulty.

    The other projects contained in the book that she hasn't yet tried (though they are certainly in her project queue!) are the Shell and Scalloped Edgings, Crystal Snowflake, Frosted Flake, a Pineapple Tablecloth, and a Pineapple bedspread. ### Review by Bekki Lyn for Crochet Partners, 1996