CICO Books, £14.99 • UK terms
When Nicki Trench puts out a new book there’s always plenty of excitement among her fans, who love her accessible patterns, pretty colour palette and the signature details that set her projects apart. With Crochet Basics, experienced tutor Nicki has put together all her workshop skills and knowledge, breaking down each technique into detailed step-by-steps.
The first section of the book, “Getting started”, takes beginners through subjects such as learning about the different weights and types of yarn, how to read yarn labels and assembling the right hooks and other equipment for your projects. It also includes an illustrated guide to basic stitches and advice on techniques such as joining in yarn, reading a pattern and blocking. Section two is arranged as a series of 20 workshops that guide newbies through different stitches from beginner level to advanced, with easy starter projects such as cotton placemats (above) or a simple baby blanket.
As you progress through the workshops, you’ll soon be picking up techniques such as chevron stitches, clusters, spirals and ribs. Eventually you’ll move on to simple garments such as a beanie hat and a basic jumper, amigurumi toys and intarsia, and then on to more advanced techniques.
In Crochet Basics, Nicki provides an accessible, structured approach to learning combined with inspiring and achievable projects to ensure you stay motivated during every step of your journey.
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