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Books | The Crocheter’s Companion by Nancy Brown

I do not knit. That’s not to say that I’ve never knitted, but I currently do not knit because I was not good at it. It was frustrating because I so wanted to be good at it. I have a co-worker who is an exceptional knitter, and she makes the most wonderful things for her kids and family. Being the crafter that I am of course I wanted to try it and so a knitting soiree was had. I tried –  I really did – and I had moments of proficiency and then it vanished. Just like that! I’d do so well for a few rows then ruin! And I never picked it up again. I sadly thought my time playing with yarn was done.

Then I received this book, The Crocheter’s Companion, written by Nancy Brown and published by Interweave Press.

Crocheters Companion coverIMG_1305Using the book I was able to try crochet, which I find to be so much easier that knitting! I still didn’t have much success by my high standards but I must say that the book was a great help. With it by my side for reference, I was able to understand many of the crochet videos I was watching and learn a lot.

The Crocheter’s Companion is intended as a reference book, so it has an extensive table of contents to easily find the topic you want. There’s also a spiral binding so it will lay flat while your hands are kept free to crochet. The book is thorough, with plenty of illustrations on every topic. International readers are taken care of with British and Metric measurements, and there’s reference for international stitch symbols, too.

Pros:

  • Measurements provided in U.S., UK, and Metric sizes
  • Illustrations at every step including yarn labels, and each crochet stitch
  • Reference for abbreviations & international stitch symbols

Cons:

  • Yellow orange tones of all the drawings can be a bit drab for reading.

The Crocheter’s Companion: Revised and Updated by Nancy Brown is available on Amazon.com for around $15.00.

 

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Angela Butler-Carter

Iʼ’m the girl who always carries a pencil pouch with 20 different colors of pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and a large eraser. Ever since middle school I've been fascinated with creating things with my hands. My 7 year old Christmas wish list included a diary, new tap shoes, a pink glitter tutu, and a Barbie dream house. Since those days of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap dance lessons, voice lessons, and piano lessons, I've fallen in love with memory keeping. I have boxes and boxes of “memories” that my grandmother collected over the years that have been passed down to me from my mom. Taking pictures is what our family does but they never went beyond that. We had photo albums but none of the stories that went along with those stories. 6 years ago I became obsessed with YouTube. I've learned so many things from how to apply makeup to how to knit. The one thing that changed my life was paper crafting. After watching my first card making video tutorial I was hooked and I've never looked back. As I searched for more and more information about paper crafts I was introduced to mini albums from Marion Smith, scrapbooking from Shimelle Lain, and Project Life from Ali Edwards. That has been my focus for the last 3 years. Preserving my familyʼ’s history and my new adventures of being a newlywed has fulfilled me in so many ways. It has become my creative outlet. It inspires me to live life to the fullest and appreciate the people that surround me with love and encouragement.
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