As a knitter i have also often wondered about crochet but other than trying it out at a sewing and knitting show where i did a little bit, when home and forgot everything, I'm a novice. When i found out about this book i happily asked for extra information having read Erika's previous book on simple knitting i thought this would be a great introduction to crochet, And when i was sent a copy to review i wasn't disappointed.
The look of the book is similar to her last one, beautiful, simple elegant photos, showing just what you need to see. It starts with the usual introduction to yarn and hooks before leading you through a how to guide. As a beginner it here i started and i could follow what to do very easily. The only big I'm stuck on at present is 'turning' it when doing 'flat' (not in a circle) crochet. I'm sure its simple but i haven't grasped that yet!
It shows you the effects you get using the different stitches so you can see the finish before introducting a series of projects from simple to more intermediate levels. Through out this section their are masterclasses which help out showing some more fancy stitches and techniques (such as puff stitch, the instructions for which even i could follow!).
I'm not switching over to crochet on a permanent basis but its nice to try something different, to have another skill and to have something small that can be easily carried around. A great book for beginners to those more experiences looking for a different project.
this is my first attempt at a granny square! I'm quite proud of it and i even have something to try and make as a friends little girl got a pram for her birthday and it requires a blanket (doll pram sized is about my sort of level!)
Thank you quadrille for the chance to review this and for helping me gain a new craft.Its available form all good book sellers (like this one where I've found it at a fantastic price!)