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Crocheting has had a huge surge in popularity in recent years and continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished crocheters. This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects from some of our best-selling crochet authors. The book covers a wide variety of themes from beautiful crocheted flowers, beanie hats, Christmas crocheted projects, cute bears, lovely hearts and stylish purses, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Crochet requires very little in the way of tools and materials, which are widely available from major yarn stores and relatively inexpensive.
The techniques used in this book are simple enough for experienced beginners to master, and easy for more seasoned crocheters. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.
Anna Nikipirowicz was taught to knit and crochet as a child by her very talented mother, but without practice the skills were quickly forgotten. Ten years ago she rediscovered her skills and an obsession was born! She has not stopped knitting, crocheting and designing since. A few years ago she became Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns and a tutor for The Creative Sanctuary* and Rowan. Her work can be seen on television, most recently in an episode of Miss Marple, and her designs are featured in magazines. Anna is a keen blogger and with help from her partner David runs her website moochka.co.uk where all her patterns are featured.
Frauke Kiedaisch is a textile designer based in Germany. She studied at the School of Art and Design in Hannover and has worked for a number of women's magazines. She now lives in Hofheim and works as a freelance editor and designer for various yarn magazines and producers.
Val Pierce's passion for knitting began when her father taught her to knit at the age of five. Later in life she began home knitting for yarn manufacturers, and since then she has made a huge range of items, from evening dresses to teddy bears. She later began designing items of her own, and before long Val's designs were appearing regularly in national knitting and crochet magazines. She also teaches knitting, as well as a range of other needlecrafts, to both adults and children. Val lives and works in Shropshire. crossedneedles.co.uk
Jan Ollis comes from a family of crafters and cannot remember a time when she was not creating something. Great Aunt Mabel taught her to crochet more years ago than she cares to remember, making granny square’ blankets for a local hospital. After completing a degree in Fashion and Textile Design and working in a range of textile and non-textile related jobs, Jan started Chi-Chi Moi - a small business making accessories in hand knitting and crochet. One successful early product was a flower corsage, which was so popular Jan made and sold 800 (with help from her family and friends). Jan lives in Somerset, UK with her partner Ben and has two grown-up children, Dominic and Milly. Visit Jan's website chichimoi.co.uk/
May Corfield was taught to crochet as a child by her mother and hasn’t stopped since. She is an experienced editor who has worked on a variety of craft books and enjoys making all things crochet in her spare time. She loves the versatility of crochet, the different effects you can achieve with the wide range of yarns available, and the variety of different stitches you can employ and the fact that, if you drop’ a stitch, it’s only the last stitch you made that is affected.