how to crochet book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

There is only one way to learn to crochet, and that is by painstaking trial and error. How To Crochet by Beatrice Crimbleton is perfect for the newbies but will also encourage experts to try new stitches. Every stitch is laid out in very easy to do steps and the instructions are extremely clear. You’ll be on your way to crocheting like a pro in no time! The author follows up the directions with solid step-by-step photos that show how to crochet and get it right (if not the first time, at least in some effort thereafter).

There are seven chapters in the book which highlight the meaning of crocheting, the process, beginner, middle and advanced levels, different crochet patterns, designs and collections, and starting your own business with crocheting projects and crafts. The author gives sample diagrams, photos and illustrations of loops and crochet designs, information about yarn, hooks and other tidbits about the art of crocheting. The book shows readers how to begin to crochet and the types of items that can be made, as well as advising them on selling items made as crafts to friends versus turning the hobby into a verified home based business.

I do regularly knit, but have not been able to crochet before. I tried to take time to get the tools and was finally ready to start. Apparently, you really need to block out some time to start this, as once a mistake is made, the natural inclination is to take out the stitch and redo it to make it right. Needless to say, my dinner was late getting on the table the night I started, but eventually I did sort of get the hang of it. I would say crocheting is easy to learn if you make it a priority, or spend a lot of time in waiting rooms. The advantage is that it is much easier to carry around a hook than eye-pokeable knitting needles. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age who wants to learn how to crochet and is willing to dedicate plenty of time to a new hobby.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Beatrice Crimbleton. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.