If you've been thinking about taking up crochet but didn't know where to start, this guide for the absolute beginner is for you. This simple-to-follow project-based book takes you through the basic techniques of this fun and creative craft. You'll learn everything you need to get started, including how to do the basic stitches, read charts and patterns, and finish off your work. A troubleshooting section will guide you out of any difficulties too. A range of techniques - including double crochet, working in the round and making granny squares - is accompanied by a stylish project to make, including a tea cosy, a tablet cover and mittens. Each technique is explained with the help of clear illustrations that will guide you every step of the way. The straightforward explanations combined with desirable projects means that no matter how little crocheting experience you have to start with, you'll soon be impressing friends and family with your new-found creative skills.
Born in Devon, UK, Emma Varnam designs crocheted items as she is particularly drawn to the sculptural quality. She writes a successful blog (which receives over 30,000 hits a month) and has an Etsy pattern shop, which gives her a good idea of the type of projects that are popular with yarn enthusiasts. Emma trained as an art curator and museum manager, and is now the head of a museums service. Emma's other crochet titles include: Cute Crocheted Animats, Monster Hats, Animal Heads and Crocheted Keyrings & Charms, all published with GMC.