Crochet is a fantastic craft, it's quick, easy and extremely portable. You can easily stash your project in your bag and have it at hand for when those crafty moments strike, so no matter where you are, get your hook out and go. We've all got bits and bobs of yarn left over from other projects, so put them to good use and dip into the selection of mini crochet projects designed to let you see results fast. A perfect solution for those last minute gift solutions or if you simply fancy making a little something for yourself. The patterns in the book cover all skills and techniques. Full how-to instructions are given for the techniques needed to get you started, how to hold the hook and work basic stitches, working in rows and on the round, increasing and decreasing your stitches, also how to change colour, add texture and work open lace designs. We have included crochet diagrams, where required, to help you understand what's going on and develop your skills. So whether you are a complete beginner or experienced in the craft of crochet, there is plenty to keep your interest and hopefully something for everyone.
Carol Meldrum has a background in textiles and a love of craft. She has worked as a Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns and has written several craft books including Knitted Icons, Anova's quirky book on knitting your own popstar. Carol lives in Glasgow but teaches craft workshops all over the UK. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she has worked within the textile industry as a designer for many High Street fashion outlets as well as internationally renowned hand knit label Rowan, and her unique take on all things textile can be found online at www.beatknit.com and in selected boutique shops in Scotland. Carol's main goal is to give others the confidence to create handmade objects of their own, by sharing skills that have been handed down through generations to produce new and exciting projects that will inspire others to do the same.
PRELIMS (4pp) INTRODUCTION (12pp) What you will need to get started with crochet, tips on how to use up your stash, recycle, and reclaim yarn. The low down on basic stitches and techniques used in crochet. Tips on putting together a travel crochet kit so you can crochet wherever you are. PROJECT SELECTOR (20PP) Conveniently laid out contents section so you can see what every finished project will look like. Pick your project on a whim or go through them one by one. SECTION ONE (32pp) The projects in this section are perfect for those who are new to crochet or getting back into it, also for those who just want a quick crochet fix! This section is a great introduction to quick crochet; it has a range of projects working in both rows and in the round, from the wearable and gift ideas, to more functional and practical ideas. Projects include: * Neck purse * Slip cover for small note book * Mug cosy * Picot necklace * Floral motif cushion SECTION TWO (32pp) Once you get to grips with the basics and perfect your techniques, this section will help you develop your skills even more. Introducing more advanced crochet fabrics showing you the building blocks needed to create projects that will have you hooked! Projects include: * Amigumuri Russian dolls * Lacy fingerless gloves * Fancy Napkin rings * Trims and fancy edgings * Costume jewellery crochet ring TECHNIQUES AND STITCHES (20 PP) Whether you're trying crochet for the first time, or just need a recap, this chapter has everything you need. Clear step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures on all the techniques used in the projects; increasing and decreasing to create shape, working textured and open lace stitches, how to read a crochet chart. INDEX AND CREDITS (8PP)