Crochet Workshop PDF
by James Walters
Crochet Workshop by James Walters is a technique reference book that has been republished by Dover.The original edition was published in 1979 by Sidgwick and Jackson Ltd.The Dover edition is essentially the same book.The photographs are likely the same ones that appeared in the original edition, and are therefore dated. However, the information provided in this book can still be handy for today's crocheter.
From the introduction alone, one gets the sense that the author is a bit of a free spirit.Indeed, one of the first photographs shown in the book has him modeling what appears to be crocheted long underwear.The photograph that I saw was in black and white, but I would guess that the real item was probably quite a colourful outfit.
The book includes the following:basic techniques and stitches, understanding how to read patterns, additional crochet techniques that touch on variation of the basic stitches, shaping, adding decorations, introductions to woven crochet, Tunisian crochet, and hairpin crochet, choosing yarns, making up, finishing and after care.The appendices include a list of terminology (British and American), list of equipment, tables describing hook sizes, terms, abbreviations, and symbols, andmetric/Imperial conversions.The main text in the book uses British terminology, but as I mentioned above, American equivalents are listed in a chart in one of the appendices.
There are no formal patterns provided to create any particular item, but there are quite descriptive instructions with accompanying diagrams and photographs on how to make various stitches and stitch patterns.The text is useful in helping a beginner to learn and master the basics of crochet, but it also seems to encourage users to go beyond following patterns in an exact manner, and start to delve into learning how to modify and adapt patterns, and perhaps eventually improvise and create spontaneous designs.The book is also written in such a folksy, down to earth style that it seems as if the author is conversing informally with the reader.
In my opinion, this book would make a good addition as a technique reference book in a crocheter's library.
Disclaimer:I was given an e-copy of the Crochet Workshop by NetGalley in exchange for a review.All opinions stated in this review are my own.
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