Chicks With Sticks Guide to Crochet by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O’Connell

A full color introduction to the craft of crochet, with 30 patterns.

I am a dedicated knitter and have never really understood the appeal of crochet–until I started thumbing through the Chicks With Sticks: Guide to Crochet. The patterns are gorgeous and I found at least four things I want to make immediately. I’m particularly drawn to the flower-shaped washcloths, which would be perfect for using some cotton yarn in my stash.

The illustrations make the stitches very easy to understand. The patterns are arranged in order of complexity, with each one chosen to teach you a new technique. The sidebars are filled with really useful tips. And each pattern comes with modification recommendations to help develop you as a designer as well as a crafter.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this book might just lure me to the dark side of crochet. Crazy, I know, but I like to live on the edge. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to watching So You Think You Can Dance.

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