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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Layflat. With flaps
  • Publication: 31 January 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800921313
  • Carton Qty: 30
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 430
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: The Beginner’s Guide to
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The Beginner's Guide to Crochet


Easy techniques and 8 fun projects by Claire Montgomerie

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Book Description

Must-have guide to essential crochet stitches, techniques, projects and tips for total beginners, or those wanting a recap.

Get your crochet off to a flying start with 8 simple projects and multiple techniques. 

In this complete course, crochet expert Claire Montgomerie covers everything you need to get started: essential tools and materials, how to hold your hook, make your first stitches, fasten off and read a pattern. Clear step-by-step photographs and a handy fold-out flap with crochet abbreviations make it accessible for all, whether you are hooking your first stitch or revisiting the basics.

Take small steps and familiarize yourself with the terminology and techniques to master the essentials of crochet in no time at all. Claire combines helpful, friendly guidance with 8 colourful modern projects, each one teaching and consolidating a new technique from increasing and decreasing to changing colour and joining seams. Choose from:

  1. eco-friendly washcloths and make-up pads
  2. an eye-catching chevron blanket
  3. a colourful scarf with tassels
  4. a ribbed beanie with a pompom
  5. a mesh shopping bag
  6. intricate flower coasters that can be worn as brooches or hair slides
  7. a jazzy granny square blanket or pillow cover
  8. a loveable cuddly toy.

Embark on your crochet journey and have fun creating your own crocheted wearable accessories and home décor items with all things bright and woolly.

Table of Contents

Tools and materials8
Getting started16

Techniques and projects34
Make-up Pads56
Chevron Blanket82
Mesh Bag88
Granny Square coasters, Blanket and Pillow108

Moving on125

About the Author

About Claire Montgomerie

Claire Montgomerie is a textiles designer specializing in crochet and knitting. She has written many books on these topics, and also styles and edits the UK craft magazine Inside Crochet. Claire lives in Cambridgeshire. Check out her website: and Insta: @clairemontyknits


Issue 165

If 2024 is the year you plan to get started on crochet, or you'd like to inspire a friend to take up this craft, Claire Montgomerie's brilliant new guide for beginners provides a complete short course. Claire is an experienced textiles designer, author and teacher and provides friendly, expert guidance throughout, using clear step-by-step photography. [...]

This well-crafted, useful and inspiring book is perfect for those looking to refresh their crochet skills or learn ones from scratch, with projects that are gorgeous to make and use.

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