The Craft & Hobby Association estimates that 14.7 million Americans crochet. Now it is your turn to make it 14.7 million plus one. Marion Madel, author of "The New Crochet" is a beginner's guide with 38 modern projects. She will show you how in 25 lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by a project.
Before lesson one, you will understand how to read a yarn label. With that you will have a clear understanding on hook size, yarn weight, fiber composition, yardage, gauge and care instructions. Marion will cover abbreviations and symbols (used in chart reading) along with basic techniques.
The book is clearly laid out, using photographs of the finished project and in step by step instructions. The instructions are also written. Charts are included when you learn that lesson and from then on. An extensive index is listed for ease of use.
The first lesson shows you how to make a foundation/base chain. The project is making necklaces, complete with beads. With this lesson, you will master making a uniform stitch. You can work at your own pace. Lesson 25 shows you how to make a beanie. While working on this project you will learn to shape your fabric using increases in the round.
During the course of the lessons, you will learn the various stitches, increasing and decreasing, creating lace and working in the round. While practicing these skills you will have made scarves, hats, handbags, slippers, sleeveless pullover, fingerless mitts...
Pick up this book, a hook and some yarn and make sure you have a block of time set aside. Once you start, you won't be in any rush to stop. Your local yarn shop may have a crochet group to join. Check the listing for a crochet guild meeting near you.