By Judith Swartz

Neophyte crafters find out how to wield a crochet hook with ability and charm, input yarn shops with self assurance, and recreate their favourite crochet traits during this helpful advisor. possible complicated crocheting jargon and strategies are demystified with step by step photos and directions. transparent diagrams exhibit the way to carry a crochet hook and yarn, and shape easy stitches to create an easy shawl. extra complex skills--such as shaping, operating in rounds, motifs, and edging--lead into refined tasks, together with a night bag, a pillow, and an edged camisole. Designed for the extraordinary newbie, the guide additionally comprises an index, an inventory of extra assets, and necessary charts.

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Keep them in your purse or tote or on yourself with the optional straps. 5 meters) for music player case, plus about 25 yards (23 meters) contrasting color for construction and embroidery for each. Shown here: Jaeger’s Trinity (40% silk, 35% cotton, 25% polyamide fiber; 218 yards [200 meters], 50 grams): #440 fuchsia (cell phone case), #438 denim (trim on cell phone case), 1 skein each; #436 chartreuse (music player case), #440 fuchsia (trim on music player case), 1 skein each. Hook: Size G/6 (4 mm).

Also, be sure to make a habit of looking at your work. When you have completed a few pattern repetitions, take a close look at what you’ve crocheted. Can you see how the pattern falls into place? As you become more and more comfortable with these stitches, it will get easier and easier to see what stitches should go where without constant counting. After a few rows you will be “hooked” and fascinated by the beautiful fabric you are creating. indd 58 3/3/06 1:28:36 PM Neck Gaiter Scarf Need to know Gauge (page 35) Slipknot (page 22) Chain stitch (page 22) Turning chain (page 23) Single crochet (pages 24–25) Half double crochet (pages 26–27) Double crochet (page 28) Fasten off (page 36) Changing color (page 32) Weaving in loose ends (page 36) Making corkscrew fringe (page 61) This fun piece is an easy way to practice mixing up stitches.

5 cm), for measuring fringe. 5 cm) with size M/13 (9 mm) hook. Tip: Every row of this scarf has 18 single crochet. In order to keep the edges of your scarf straight, either count each single crochet as you make it or count the number of stitches in the entire row before you move on to the next row. Dropping or adding stitches will give your scarf an uneven edge. indd 38 3/3/06 12:51:36 PM Scarf Using the hook size needed to obtain the correct gauge, loosely chain 19. Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, work 1 single crochet in each chain to end, turn work—18 single crochet.

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