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Gr 4-8-An attractively designed, sharply photographed cover and excellent organization will attract children and the adults who guide them to these 30 exciting projects. Step-by-step directions take craft enthusiasts from holding the yarn to slip stitches, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. Advanced stitching and techniques are also explained, as well as differences in hooks and yarns. Each project is listed with skill level, finished size, materials, gauge, stitches and yarn used, instructions, and a vibrant color photo (more than a dozen of which are full page). Precise illustrations also complement the text. Adult assistance is mentioned when using a steam iron or spray starch. Text boxes supply valuable tips on sizing, felting, and more. Back matter includes a metric conversion chart. This title is an excellent addition to most collections, along with Gwen Blakley Kinsler and Jackie Young's Crocheting (Kids Can, 2003) and Kelli Ronci's Kids Crochet (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2005).-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the tools of the trade to the basics of slipknots and slip stitches, Crochet: Fantastic Jewelry, Hats, Purses, Pillows & More by Jane Davis, part of the Kids' Crafts series, makes crocheting look easy. Simpler projects, such as key chains and scrunchies, act as confidence-builders, until crocheters work up to felted backpacks or shirt edging. With few detailed visual demonstrations, this may appeal more to those with some experience. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.