"Crochet Made Easy" gives simple step by step instructions and illustrations on how to master this beautiful craft. Crochet is a form of fancy work, similar in method to knitting. In both crochet and knitting, loops are made and drawn through each other. Differing designs and stitches are achieved by the use of needles in knitting, and the use of a hook in crochet. Patterns with row by row instructions are used in both forms of craft.
A greater variety of design is possible in crochet work than in knitting, and it is often regarded as having closer affinities with lace-making. Crochet can be used for either complete articles such as doilies [as shown on the lounge chair arm below], centerpieces, chair covers, jackets, hair scrunchies - scalloped edge, picot edge, afghan rugs, granny square blankets, pillows, hats, flowers, or as an added decoration on a towel [eg. Crinoline Lady Motif shown below], or edging for clothing, linen etc. "Crochet Made Easy" shows you how to make these attractive designs, that will add charm to your home.
If you are a beginner, it is advisable to start with the more basic stitches and build on these by following my "Crochet Made Easy", step by step instructions and illustrations. By using easy to follow directions you will soon complete your first project, and your confidence will soar. The elegance of crochet holds wide appeal, and here in e-book form are the most popular crochet designs and the easy to follow directions on how to make them.
Abbreviations are used in patterns to instruct the crocheter on how to complete a design. My abbreviations table explains simply how the terms are shortened from full words and phrases down to a few letters.
Introduction to crochet basics directs the beginner to the suitable instructions for them. Depending on whether you crochet right handed or left handed, there are instructions and illustrations for stitches, designed especially for your style of work. "Crochet Made Easy" also recommends the most suitable yarns and hook sizes, and how to achieve the correct tension in your work.
"Crochet Made Easy" gives concise, detailed instructions and illustrations showing beginners how to crochet right or left handed. How to position hook, yarn and fingers to achieve correct tension and form stitches easily: eg. slip stitch, double crochet, half treble, treble, double treble, triple treble, quadruple treble, and quintuple treble.
How to read a pattern explains the abbreviations used for stitches, and bracketed directions used in patterns. ‘CROCHET MADE EASY’ looks at the different ways patterns are written, and includes tips for beginners on how to follow them easily.
Increasing and Decreasing shows how to shape your article by using the directions given in your pattern.
Crocheting in rows and rounds explains two different ways of constructing your designs.The illustrations contained in these pages show clear examples of both of these methods.
Popcorns and clusters are more advanced stitches created from the basic stitches covered in directions in ‘CROCHET MADE EASY’. . They are decorative and a good example of how to create varying texture and space in your work.
Filet crochet is great for beginners because it is simpler than it looks. Filet work creates an elegant lace effect using blocks of stitches and spaces.
Showing how to end off your work, by removing your hook from your work after cutting the yarn approximately 9 cm. long.Follow this by passing the thread through the loop and tighten firmly.
Motifs are small patterned shapes which when joined together form larger pieces of crochet: eg. afghan rugs, blankets, hats, lace doilies, lace tablecloths. Motifs can also be used singularly as decoration on clothing or linen.
My care and laundering directions insure that your work will give you or anyone you share your designs with, long lasting pleasure and enjoyment.
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If you would like to learn how to crochet quickly and easily, my "CROCHET MADE EASY" e-book gives complete step by step instructions and photographs to help you master this beautiful craft, along with tips and information on caring for your finished projects so you may have years of enjoyment from them. HAPPY CROCHETING!