My intention was to write this post at least 2 weeks ago, but between volunteer activity deadlines, an education conference, two craft shows, and computer issues, I couldn’t get to this announcement about another book giveaway. The book I am giving away this time is Jane Davis’ Crochet: The Complete Guide, a wonderful resource for anyone who crochets, no matter what level. Although I have been crocheting for almost 40 years, this is one of my favorite resources.DSCN7782The book is easy to thumb through with only three main sections—one for crochet basics if you’re a beginner or just need to review some stitches, a second section for 162 different stitches spread across 19 categories—among them ruffles and cords, bead crochet and Tunisian crochet, and a final section for seven projects such as a basic bag, a sweater, crochet bracelets, and more.

This page discusses how to do decreases when you have bobbles or clusters.
Stitches Collage
From left to right: Posts and Vs, Small Cable Post, Bead Lace and CroKnit
Projects Collage
Upper left photo, proceeding clockwise: Basic Bag, Beaded Bracelets, Sweater, Sleeveless Blouse

There are three short reference sections that include an introduction describing the differences between yarns ranging from wool to blended, a glossary with common crochet terminology, abbreviations, a stitch symbol chart that is helpful for graphical patterns, and a table for yarn weights. Ever wonder what those numbers on the skein wrapper mean? This book will explain all of them. In the resources section you’ll find a list of Web sites, most of which provide free patterns.

Reference Sections Collage
Top: Yarn discussion. Bottom, left: Crochet symbol chart. Bottom, right: Yarn weight guidelines.

This straight-forward book will likely turn out to be one of your favorite crochet references.

To enter the giveaway, let me know in the comments below what crochet project is currently in your work basket. If you’re just learning how to crochet, tell me what you would like your first project to be. I will announce a giveaway winner next week Friday, November 1st, assuming there are at least five entries.

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13 thoughts on “Another book giveaway – Crochet: The Complete Guide”

  1. Ellen at The Chilly Dog

    I am making a flock of amigurumi birds. I started with blue, like the ones in my blog post,, and now I am trying other colors, too!

  2. I have only ever knitted. I’m currently knitting a blanket for my newly decorated bedroom. But I would love to learn to crochet. Especially fingerless gloves and the bead crochet jewelry! But I also think crochet might be easier on my aching hands. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I’m just like Melanie! I have always wanted to learn how to crochet, especially baby gifts. But right now, I am in between knitting projects because I find knitting to be a little harder on my neck, hands, etc. than I think crochet would be.

  4. I am 36 weeks pregnant and crocheting up a storm for my new littlest one! I am just finishing a blanket for her however I have a few projects on the go. I have a pair of cute baby booties, the blanket and a sweater for her. I switch between things so I don’t get bored. I love having multiple projects going and most of the time I actually finish them! This book looks amazing I must say!

  5. Have been gathering courage to begin another hobby… My Mother crocheted as did my Grammy – lovely things.
    I wanted to learn but my being left handed stumped them both. My youngest niece spent time with my mother and was inspired by her many crochet projects. She now is a Creative Director at a Michael’s in Kansas. She teaches classes in crochet and has most of her friends now doing the hobby. She gives all the credit to her love of crafts to her great aunt, my mother. I inherited many years of my mothers and grammys “Workbasket” magazine – issues from the 40s and 50s and 60s. They are simply amazing but I havent a clue how to follow the patterns. If this book could teach me, I would be off and “crocheting”.

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