Sep 162013
 

8/31/16. Visit this post to learn who won this book. There have been several entries a few years after the book drawing was held. Thank you for your interest!

9/20/13. This giveaway is being extended until Thursday, Sept. 26th. You still have time to enter; just follow the directions at the end of the post, and add your comment.

This week I am offering a special book giveaway for the crochet crowd. The book goes beyond your basic chain stitch and single-double-and-triple crochet, so if you’re interested in adding to your crochet stitch library, this is the book for you. A few years ago House of White Birches published Special Techniques & Stitches in Crochet, a wonderful compilation of projects designed to teach you new stitches and techniques, and show you what they look like when completed.

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The book starts off with a cardigan sweater that shows you how to begin a project with a no-chain foundation stitch, and offers several other projects—a pillow and a throw—to help you perfect your technique. Other techniques include the following:

  • diagonal crochet
  • wiggly crochet
  • Irish crochet
  • knit look crochet
  • punched fabric crochet
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Contemporary Waves Rug featuring wiggly crochet

Filet Stitch Bag & Coin Purse featuring basic filet crochet

Filet Stitch Bag & Coin Purse featuring basic filet crochet

The book is divided into further sections, such as shells and v-stitches, lace and open weave stitches, textured stitches, ripples and chevrons, and borders.

Linen Squares Doily featuring punched fabric technique

Linen Squares Doily featuring punched fabric technique

The wide varieties of stitches read like a list of tasty hors d’ oeuvres, making you want to try a little bit of each: feathers, little pinecones, rabbit ears, and more. If you’re just learning how to crochet, there’s a chapter at the end of the book that provides the basics.

Irish Filigree featuring Irish crochet

Irish Filigree featuring Irish crochet

Flower Garden Walkway featuring crochet borders

Flower Garden Walkway featuring crochet borders

If you think about the first time you crocheted, likely you stitched up a simple project such as a granny square or scarf. Project-based learning is a great way to learn, in context, about a new stitch or technique. My first project was a giant granny square, so big that it became an afghan.  I still have that first afghan, by the way, crocheted more than 30 years ago.

Granny square afghan

To enter the drawing for the book giveaway, tell me in the comments below about the first crochet project you ever completed. If you’re new to crochet, tell me what types of things you want to crochet. The winner will be announced this Thursday, September 19, assuming there are at least 5 participants in the drawing. If not, the giveaway deadline will be extended.

© 2013 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.

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