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Crochet Made Simple: How Books Written for a Younger Audience Can be the Best Teachers
I tried several crocheting books with what appeared to be simple enough patterns for a beginner, but I couldn’t get it. I’m a patient person when it comes to learning new things, but I found the instructions in these books confusing. Even Crocheting for Dummies seemed a bit too advanced.
Then I stumbled on Get Hooked Again: Simple Steps to Crochet More Cool Stuff by Kim P. Werker in the Young Adult section. As soon as I looked through the book, I was able to understand it better than any other book I tried before. The instructions are written out very clearly with photos on how the projects should look while in development. Although I have to admit I didn’t get the patterns on the first try, I was able to master the concepts. With some patience and practice I was able to make slippers, fingerless gloves and a vest. Also by understanding the concepts with the design and directions, I am able to make mittens and adult booties.
This book written for teens has also helped me understand the adult crocheting books better and I feel brave enough to try them again. There are even much simpler books in the children’s section that really explain the basics of crocheting. So if you’re trying to learn a new craft or improve your skills, you’d be surprised at how much you could learn from books written for a younger audience.