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Workshop On The Web: (Reviewed with Compendium of Crochet Techniques) Both these books offer a great deal of information (300 tips, techniques and trade secrets) in their respective subjects. They start with the basics (tools, yarns, tension) that you would expect in books of this kind, but also include interesting additions such as design and choosing the best look for your body shape. Both cover basic techniques which then lead onto ones that are more complicated and varied, so you could use this book from beginner to more advanced levels. Neither book has patterns or projects, and would be suitable for anyone wanting a comprehensive one-stop shop for achieving a great number of varied techniques and stitches. Both touch on dyeing and felting with interesting results, particularly the crocheted motifs, but you wouldn't want to buy the books for this reason alone. Useful books to have if you ever need to source a particular stitch or technique that you aren't familiar with. Machine Knitting Monthly: Now in paperback and bursting with technical know-how and trouble-shooting tips. We quickly learn how to give a professional finish to our crochet garments and accessories with this indispensable compendium. Step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions guide us through each stage of our work, or we can dip in for help with a particular problem. We discover how to substitute yarns and accurately estimate the amount required; adapt patterns to create tailor-made garments. All stitches are demonstrated, from basic chain stitch to filet and Tunisian crochet and there's advice on mixing and matching stitch patterns and dealing with gauge variations. You'll also find plenty of inspiration for adding an extra-special touch to your work using hand-dyed yarns, beaded embellishments and surface crochet. Crochet is an incredibly useful and versatile skill, and the perfect complement to knitting. Whether you're just getting started or a dab hand with a hook, you'll find great tips and new ideas in the 300 tricks and techniques described in the Compendium of Crochet Techniques by Jan Eaton. A clear, no-nonsense style and easy to follow walkthroughs make this an ideal book for crocheters who lack confidence in one area or another as Jan covers everything from basic techniques to colour theory and filet crochet.-Simply Knitting Newsletter
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Jan Eaton is a needlecraft and textile designer. She has published many needlecraft books, including Country Crochet and Knitted Lace, and Crochet Basics.