Books

I’ve never understood why crochet is so often treated as the underdog yarn craft, but it is. I think that’s unfair, and I’m determined to do something about it. All of my work in crochet is driven by my desire to show this craft off at its best. That means fashion projects are actually fashionable – the fabrics are lovely, the fit is flattering, the style is contemporary. Home decor projects are luxurious and useful. Kids projects aren’t sexist, and they’re fun.

I don’t much enjoy designing crochet projects, myself. I enjoy editing, writing, curating, collaborating. I work with very talented designers to compile collections that come together in books you’ll revisit year after year, with instructions that are clear and tutorials that will teach you how to do any technique required.

Here are the six books I’ve written or co-authored. Do be in touch if you have any questions. And remember, we’re only human. If you hit a snag in a pattern, please check the errata page to see if there’s a correction.

Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make and Give (Interweave Press, 2009), by Kim Werker

A collection of projects from today’s most popular crochet designers, Crocheted Gifts includes 25 designs suited for gift-giving—even if the recipient is you. From baby gifts to mittens for the whole family, from home decor to fancy lace, this book is full of perfect projects for every occasion.

Featured designers include:

I n t e r w e av e p r e s e n t s Irresistible Projects to Make & Give kim werker project name 1 hex zipper bag designer jennifer hagan onstruct a flat shape out of hexagonal motifs, and with a few seams, it becomes three-dimensional. With the use of sturdy yarn, a fabric lining, and a zipper closure, the shape makes a useful little bag for storing makeup, jewelry, pens, or anything else. Make each motif in a different color and you can use up stash yarn in a creative way for a quick gift appropriate for nearly any occasion. Finished size 3¾” (9.5 cm) tall, 9½” (24 cm) wide, and 4″ (10 cm) deep. Yarn DK weight (Light #3), about 60 yd (55 m) in main color, 50 yd (46 m) each in 2 contrast colors. Shown here: Hemp for Knitting Allhemp6 Lux (100% hemp, 143 yds [130 m]/100 g): zinfandel #52 (red; A), ice #57 (blue; B), and ice #58 (ecru; B), 1 skein each. hook Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook. Adjust size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. notions Tapestry needle; 9″ (23 cm) zipper; ½ yd [.5 m] doublesided lining fabric; sewing needle and matching thread; fabric glue (optional). GauGe Hexagon motif = 3½” (9 cm) side to side; 4″ (10 cm) point to point. notes + Hexagon motifs are made separately, then joined into one piece. + Seams are sewn at the sides, which gives the flat piece its threedimensional shape. + Choose lining fabric that has no wrong side, as both sides of the fabric will show. 3 shawlette in chains designer kristin omdahl I nspired by the delicate nature of a yarn so fine, this shawl uses a small hook but keeps the stitching simple so the shawl is fun and quick to stitch. It is worked in skinny columns joined with horizontal bands of long chains. So often we gloss over the chain stitch and use it only as a means to get to another stitch. This design is an homage to the chain stitch and results in a lovely and versatile accessory. GauGe 24 ch and 5 rows = 3″ (7.5 cm). notes + The shawl is constructed of strips of double-treble stitches that are joined together with long chains throughout. The strips vary in length to form a triangle with short lengths at the edges and the longest lengths in the center. + Each row of a strip is only 4 dtr wide. + As you create the dtr strips, you are working from the bottom of the shawl to the top. However, when you join strips together, begin at the top of the shawl and work toward the bottom in order to form the triangular point at the center-bottom and the straight edge at the neck. To keep track of the top edge, mark the last row of each strip with a stitch marker (m). + When joining strips that differ in length, start with your hook in the end of the shorter strip. If you do not end the last row on the shorter side, simply adjust by omitting the last joining chain of the previous row or work one more. Finished size 67″ (170 cm) wide and 17″ (43 cm) long from point to neck. Yarn Laceweight (Lace #0), about 800 yd (731.5 m). Shown here: Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb (100% lambswool; 825 yds [754 m]/60 g); golden-tan 109, 1 skein. hook Size C/2 (2.75mm) crochet hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. notions Stitch markers (m); tapestry needle. 5 contents + Introduction The Gift of Giving + Mitts for the Whole Family Kathryn Merrick + Mesh Trellis Cardigan Karen Drouin + Shawlette in Chains Kristin Omdahl + Wire Hairpin-Lace Bowl Donna Hulka + Berry Baby Hat and Booties Chloe Nightingale + Willow Hat Jennifer Hagan + Trinity Lace Shrug Annie Modesitt + Fossil Neckwarmer Kathryn Merrick + Ravissant Socks Robyn Chachula + Flower Choker Christina Marie Potter + Hex Zipper Bag Jennifer Hagan + Hat Squared Kathryn Merrick + Beaded Ring Felted Bag Jill Wright + Sorbet Scarf Robyn Chachula + Swirling Bag Kathryn Merrick + All-Star Blanket Doris Chan + Lace Wristlets Myra Wood + Babymoon Robe Megan Granholm + Sisal Spiral Rug Julie Armstrong Holetz + Glossary + Contributors + Sources for Yarns + Index lace wristlets wire hairpin-lace bowl 6 crocheted gifts mitts for the whole family mesh trellis shrug willow hat all-star blanket gallery 7 stylish gifts for year-round gift giving crocheted A collection of projects from today’s most popular crochet designers, Crocheted Gifts includes everything from baby gifts to mittens for the whole family to home décor and more. The first small project book to focus exclusively on crochet, Crocheted Gifts is the ultimate gift-giving guide resource for crocheters with: + 19 projects that you will love to make and be proud to give away—if you can bear to part with them! + Designs by various crochet stars such as Doris Chan, Kathy Merrick, Robyn Chachula, Annie Modesitt, and more. + Stylish photography and step-by-step crochet instructions for every project, ranging from easy-to-crochet to more advanced techniques. kim Werker has written and coauthored several crochet books, including Crochet Me and Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting, and is a co-host of Knitting Daily TV. She is the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine and the founder of CrochetMe.com. She has written for Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today, Knit.1, and Yarn Market News magazines. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. Paperback ~ 8½ × 9 ~ 120 pages 75 photographs ~ 10 illustrations ~ 15 charts ISBN 978-1-59668-107-1 $21.95 Available July 2009

Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution (Interweave Press, 2007), by Kim Werker

Inspired by the history and community of CrochetMe.com, a dozen up-and-coming designers contributed patterns that show crochet at its best. Essays, lengthy designer bios, and tutorials on advanced techniques round out the offerings from this book that CRAFT magazine says, “reinvigorates the craft to new fashion heights.”

Crochet Me

Crochet Me is featured in CRAFT’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide and in WhipUp’s Fave Books for 2010.

Featured designers include:

Get Hooked Again!Get Hooked Again: Simple Steps to Crochet More Cool Stuff (Watson-Guptill, 2007), by Kim Werker

A follow-up to Get Hooked, GHA presents fifteen original designs infused with playfulness and simplicity, geared to a tween/teen audience but accessible to crocheters of all ages.

Check out this review by Miss Theresa for the Pemperton, NJ library. They have a Knit/Crochet Club!

Click here for a list of online retailers of GHA.

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Crochet VISUAL Quick TipsCrochet VISUAL Quick Tips (Wiley, 2007), by Cecily Keim and Kim Werker

Crochet VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need—fast. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, plus time-saving tips, it covers:

  • Selecting tools and yarn
  • Working basic stitches
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Working in rounds and colors
  • Making puffs, bobbles, clusters, and knots
  • Working Tunisian crochet, filet crochet, and lace
  • Crocheting with beads
  • Finishing
  • Inter- preting patterns
  • Diagnosing problems and fixing mistakes

Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff (Watson-Guptill, 2006), by Kim Werker

A book aimed at teens and tweens but helpful and accessible to new and intermediate crocheters of all ages, Get Hooked is a fun learn-to-crochet reference with 15 patterns. From how to hold your hook and make crochet stitches to ideas for group activities and charity projects, Get Hooked is a clear, helpful and fun book to start crocheting with.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting (Wiley, 2006), by Kim Werker and Cecily Keim

This is a full-on crochet reference book. It’ll teach you all the crochet basics, moving on to several chapters on more advanced stitch techniques, tutorials on how to make buttonholes and sew your projects together, and more. Full-colour-photograph-illustrated on every page, this is the book to keep at your elbow whether you’re just learning to crochet or have been stitching your whole life. (If you’re a book collector, note that the 2nd edition of this book will be coming out sometime in early 2011, so time is short to pick up a copy of the 1st edition!)