Book Review: 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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This is the book for any crochet library.

This is the book for any crochet library.

Photo: Courtesy of St Martin's Press

I recently ordered Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets to add to my growing library of crochet books, and can honestly say that this book is worth every penny! It is chock full of basic techniques such as how to choose hooks and yarn, tutorials from beginning to advanced stitches, and tips for blocking, seaming and dealing with those pesky yarn ends.

In addition, it has a wealth of information about designing garments—helpful for anyone who wants to break into design, but also if you just want to make your own projects fit really well. Some of the topics covered are evaluating drape, fitting blocks together, grouping colors, working edge treatments, and making your own buttons.

Just when you think you’ve got all of the information you’ll ever need, you’ll turn the page to either a “Try It” or “Fix It” sidebar with tips such as how to make your own stitch markers, dye your own yarn and avoid “patchy” results when working with variegated yarns.

Each idea is illustrated with step by step photos, diagrams and exceptionally clear instructions. This book makes a great companion to any pattern book. It is a necessity for any crocheter’s reference library, and is possibly the closest you’ll ever be to having an expert right at your fingertips.

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