Item description for Hip to Crochet: 23 Contemporary Projects for Today's Crocheter (Hip to . . . Series) by Judith L. Swartz...
Overview A stylish introduction to the art of crochet, this book presents step-by-step instructions for 23 individual projects. 45 color photos. 120 color illustrations. Charts & diagrams.
Publishers Description A broad range of garment patterns and home accessory projects that transform traditional crochet projects into today's trendiest clothing are provided in this collection of fashionable crochet designs. Presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and photos, these 23 projects include a bohemian coat sweater, a mohair hat, retro bed slippers, and an assortment of trendsetting bags. Projects are included for baskets, pillows, and a throw to add a stylish twist to a crocheter's home decor. In addition to introducing basic crochet techniques, this guide tackles more advanced projects using a variety of yarns, including mohair, merino, angora blends, and linen.
Citations And Professional Reviews Hip to Crochet: 23 Contemporary Projects for Today's Crocheter (Hip to . . . Series) by Judith L. Swartz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 08/01/2004 page 79
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 8.34" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499527 ISBN13 9781931499521
Availability 0 units.
More About Judith L. Swartz
Judith L. Swartz is a designer for yarn companies, publishers, and private clients, as well as a knitting and crocheting teacher. She is the author of Dogs in Knits, Hip to Crochet, and Hip to Knit. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Judith L. Swartz currently resides in Spring Green, in the state of Wisconsin. Judith L. Swartz was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hip to Crochet: 23 Contemporary Projects for Today's Crocheter (Hip to . . . Series)?
waste of money Jul 26, 2008
I was extremely disappointed with this book, the patterns are ugly so don't waste your time or money.
Inspiring Projects, Lovely Photos. yet to be embraced May 29, 2008
I have owned this book for a year or two. It has several wonderful projects, plus tips at the beginning for turning out-of-date but-otherwise-nice patterns into hip designs. . On-the-side Cardigan - this is the sweater that inspired em to purchase the book. Unfortunatley the price and quantity of recommended yarn has stalled production. I wish I could just bite the bullet and invest $75 in yarn and make the sweater. . Block-on-block Skirt - this is the other project I dream of wearing someday. somewhat bohehmium, casual yet attention getting. But again I am daunted by the investement in the recommended yarn and haven't make any progress here. . Other projects include scarves, hats, mittens, bowls, bags, baskets, all look fine. just not my priorities right now. I find the crocheted suit intreging in the photos. don't know if I'd really wear that out in the business world, though.
__bottom line, I'm glad to own this book. It is inspiring to me. I enjoy reading it. there are tips and suggestions along side the patterns. Plenty of intersting pictures. But even though I look through it often, I haven't actually made anything.
Hip? Hardly. Dec 21, 2007
I must say, I don't think these projects are for the beginner. For one thing, they use a lot of 1 size yarn (the thinest yarn out there) for their projects, and that can be very hard to work with.
I also think they tried a little too hard to be "Hip". They have models that look like they must be over the age of 30, trying to look like they are 15. There are about three or four projects in there I would try (the capelet, the second bucket hat, the zig-zag scarf, and the scarf on the cover, even though I might have a time doing that one, being as to how the yarn is so thin). The others seem a little too trendy, and over-the-top "hip", and not what I would wear. (And those lumpy baskets? I don't think so!)
I have never done one of their patterns (I did start the hat, but only got to about the fifth or sixth round, and everything seemed okay up to then), so I can't judge on how well-written they are, but, I hope this helps some. :)
Not the best. Jun 7, 2007
The most exciting project in this book is the scarf on the cover. Nothing else is hip, most are stodgy and boring. If you really want to see this book, you'd be better off grabbing it at your local library.
Not so much on the "hip" May 19, 2007
The idea that this book contains a bunch of "hip" and fashionable patterns is laughable (for reference, I am an early 20's female). There is an actual crocheted SUIT, yes, suit as in skirt and top, in this book. Tell me who on earth is going to think that is hip? Certainly not me.
Out of the numerous patterns, there is perhaps one or two that I would even consider making, and since those are not even all that exciting, I probably won't ever get around to doing it.
This book, while not really my cup of tea, is layed out very nicely and does offer full colored illustrations of the finished pieces. If you think you want to purchase this book, I would highly advise you to see if your local library has a copy so you don't waste your money on something you may or may not like. Please look at the patterns before you purchase and see if this is really what you would consider "hip."