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Crocheting in Plain English

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Book Name: Crocheting in Plain English

Author: Maggie Rightetti

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 0-312-01412-0

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 244

Illustrations: B & W photos & drawings

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

The author explains how to crochet so that anyone can learn how to do it. After a brief history of crochet and how she got started crocheting the author dives right in with the breakdown of the crocheting process. I really like that she has a practical attitude about crocheting telling the reader to choose a project wisely, one that will suit your time schedule, budget and needs. The chapters are broken down into how to choose your materials and hooks, making and measuring your gauge, how to make sense of patterns and instructions, supplies you need to have on hand for crocheting, crocheting for beginners and crochet stitches (chain stitch, single crochet stitch, half-double crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, triple crochet stitch, slip stitch). Topics that are also covered include: adding new yarn, increasing and decreasing various kinds of stitches, creativity with crochet (crab stitch, crossed stitches, picots, popcorn stitch), and a very important chapter called “Oops” which is a must read because when learning anything mistakes are always made.

The author has not only included learning for beginners but also a section on fancy stitches (filet crochet, open “V”, two simple double crochet shells, combining a shell and “V”, Brunswick Stew, the Ripple Afghan stitch, fishnet, arch stitch, herringbone, diagonal popcorns, lover’s knots, spider web, up-and-down stitch, my lady’s fan, Queen Anne’s Lace, ) to advance one’s skills. One can also advance their skills by moving onto the more complex Medallions and Motifs, Lavishing Laces on Linens, Precious Little Jewels to Add (decorations such as flowers, butterflies, a star and a four-leaf clover)and Multi-Color Jacquard Crochet.

The final part of the book is the most important after you have learned all the stitches and are crocheting smoothly and successfully. In it you learn how to finish off a project and care for it (including washing, drying and storage) so all your hard work, time and expense will be appreciated for a long time. There aren’t many patterns in Crocheting in Plain English but the focus was on learning to crochet that this isn’t a minus of the book. I really like that the first pattern the author has included is a sampler for beginners or as a refresher for someone who hasn’t crocheted in awhile. The clear, detailed instructions include a small intro by the author and a list of materials (with a few brand names of yarn you could use as well as the type of yarn you should be using for that particular pattern).


  • Pretty Pansies
  • Sweet Double Daisy
  • Butterfly
  • Table Tray/Mat
  • Triple Crochet Striped Afghan
  • Raglan Baby Sweater

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