Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Review: Kids Learn to Crochet

HHCC Book Review

Title: Kids Learn to Crochet
Author: Lucinda Guy & François Hall
Year Published: 2008

Rating: 7 out of 10 balls of yarn

Kids Learn to Crochet is a how-to book aimed at children from ages 6 to 9. It boasts the same style of photography/illustration as Guy and Hall's other works. The how-to illustrations are large and clear, with arrows showing the direction of movement. Photographs are used along the way, to clearly show what finished pieces of crochet should look like. It's the type of book that child and parent could both learn from together.

Charts and diagrams are used throughout the book to illustrate everything from color changes to where to place increases when working in the round. Although the style of charting and diagrams might not be considered "standard" in US crochet patterns, the explanations of how the charts work are clear, and they provide a great reference for visual learners.

The book teaches a slip knot, chain, single crochet, changing colors at the end of rows, single crochet increase, single crochet decrease, double crochet, and how to single crochet in continuous rounds. It does not cover half-double crochet, crocheting in rounds joined with a slip stitch, or decreases or increases using double crochet. It seams odd to leave these introductory topics out of a learn-to-crochet book, but the book already weighs in at 96 pages as it is.

Review by Lindsey Stephens of, HHCC Member

This book was provided to the HHCC by the Trafalgar Square Books publishing company. Members of the HHCC may borrow this book from the HHCC's Crochet Library.

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