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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. 


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I'm so glad you found the

I'm so glad you found the book helpful! I've often recommended Get Hooked and Get Hooked Again to grown-ups, letting them in on the wee secret that the biggest difference between these books and the books I've written for adults is my uninhibited use of exclamation marks. (Ok, and the style of projects.)

Get Hooked on Crochet

We had a class at my old school and my students loved to crochet. Then, I got tons of requests for books. I purchased this one and it was a hit! It's amazing what happens to your library when your students are exposed to new skills and hobbies.

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