Guest Author - Kate Pullen
Get Hooked Again
ISBM 13 0-978-0-8230-5110-2
Crochet is an ideal craft for teenagers. Crochet is relatively easy to learn, it is portable and there wealth of funky yarns available are bound to appeal to teenagers. Add to this the fact that crocheted items are extremely popular right now and crafty teenagers will love to make their own clothes and accessories and you will realize why the latest book by Kim Werker is going to be a popular choice for young crocheters.
Get Hooked Again is a follow up to Get Hooked and contains a range of projects and techniques. Kim Werker has a very accessible writing style and the book is firmly focussed on teens and as such the writing and projects are pitched accordingly. Kim and the editors do an excellent job of achieving easy to read and understand instructions without patronizing or talking down to the young readers (or sounding like an adult trying to be hip and trendy).
There are 12 projects ranging from clothes to accessories. A really good feature is that each project has yarn substitutions along side specified yarns. This is going to be beneficial for teenagers who may be working on a tight budget or want to start to express their creativity through exploring different yarns and threads.
The projects are clear and each technique is fully explained. There are a number of highlights including a very attractive crochet vest, with good neckline shaping, something that is not always found in crocheted tops.
Size variations are given where appropriate and these range from 34 inch to 38 inch.
Techniques and Other Information
There are clear illustrated step by step instructions explaining the basics of crochet and some more advanced techniques. The instructions are suitable for beginners and this would make a good book for a first time crocheter.
Basic crochet stitches are used and there are plenty of hints and tips featured throughout the book. Techniques include how to finish items and instructions for sewing crochet.
This is an extremely good book and spot on for its target market. Even non crafty teenagers will enjoy reading this and hopefully will get inspired to pick up a hook.
This would make a good present for a teenager, perhaps combined with a hook and some yarn so they can get going immediately!
Kim Werker is the editor of Interweave Crochet, founder of CrochetMe.com and author of a number of crochet books including the new Crochet Me book.