Book Review & Author Interview - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner by Pauline Turner

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Title: Crochet For the Absolute Beginner
Author: Pauline Turner
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

A free review copy of Crochet For the Absolute Beginner was provided to me by Search Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission. 

One of my favorite parts of the CGOA Chain Link Conference this year was getting to meet Pauline Turner. I took one of her classes and besides learning a lot, it was very entertaining. She's an absolute riot, and a genuinely nice person too.

Pauline Turner teaching a class on cutting crochet

Pauline was inducted into the CGOA Hall of Fame this year, and I had the pleasure of interviewing her on Facebook live. We talked about her book, Crochet for the Absolute Beginner, along with some of her other books, and other exciting directions her work has taken her.

Crochet for the Absolute Beginner was first published in 2005 as the Beginner's Guide to Crochet. It was such a popular book that it's been republished (a few times, I believe) since then.

This latest edition has all the same text and images in an updated, easy to read layout. It also features a spiral binding, so that it can be opened completely flat. This is important when your hands are too busy crocheting to hold a book open!

Inside Cover - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner

This book is exactly what it says - a comprehensive guide for brand new crocheters. It takes you from choosing yarns and hooks, through all the basic stitches and more. As she teaches each stitch, Pauline also shows the abbreviations and chart symbols. This way students can learn the language of patterns and charts seamlessly, as they learn each stitch.

Contents - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner

One little feature I absolutely love is this fold-out abbreviations list. When opened, it sits to the right of the book pages, so no matter what page you are on you can always see the list of abbreviations! What a great tool for learning to read patterns.

Fold Out Abbreviations List - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner

If you need help with pattern reading, chart reading, or just brushing up on your basic skills, this book is for you. Even if you don't, there are plenty of patterns to enjoy as well! It's also a great gift to help spread the love of crochet to someone who might want to learn.

Cover - Crochet for the Absolute Beginner

You can enter to win your own copy of Crochet For the Absolute Beginner. This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Search Press. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected. See entry form for full terms.

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  1. I have been taught to crochet, but its been rather sporadic through the years. I would love this books to fill in the gaps, build confidence!

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  3. I would use this book to help others learn how to crochet.

  4. I have granddaughters that want to learn to crochet. This would be great for them to use.


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