Would you like to learn to crochet? Already know the basics, but would like to stretch your crocheting skills? From scarves and sweaters to hats and handbags, you can create beautiful, useful designs with ease using Crochet Patterns For Dummies. From choosing the right hooks and yarn and crocheting basic stitches to joining pieces together, this easy-to-follow guide will have you hooked in no time.Our hands-on workbook gets you crocheting fashionable, fun designs in a focused, step-by-step manner. You get a review of the basic stitches and stitch combinations, along with a concise appendix containing easy-to-follow instructions for working these stitches. Youll find plenty of tips on changing colors and adding shape to your projects. Plus, you get full-color photos of every projectfrom potholders to afghans, belts to table runners, skirts to vests, and much more. Youll also discover how to:Decipher crochet lingoMake a gauge swatch, read a pattern, and understand garment sizingWork with the most common stitches and stitch patternsCrochet in the round or with colorShape a design through increasing or decreasing stitchesUse new techniques like felting and working with wireCrochet pictures and words using the filet crochet techniqueThere are also quick-and-easy designs that are great for kids to make, as well as handy hints on caring for your finished items. Featuring more than 50 fantastic patterns perfect for beginners or those wanting to take their skills to the next level, Crochet Patterns For Dummies is your one-stop guide to crocheting success!