Book Review: Calamity-Free Crochet

Monday, October 27, 2014

Title: Calamity-Free Crochet
Authors: Katherine Hurst

Book Review by Reneé Rodgers (

(Harper Design, 2014; 192 pages, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-06-228786-1)
Subtitled Troubleshooting Tips and Advice for the Savvy Needlecrafter, this book delivers on its promise. It would make an excellent teaching tool for a beginner. It’s slightly larger than digest size, so will still fit comfortably into a work bag for reference. 
There are no real project patterns, but there is a nice stitch directory, including some motifs. 
This volume includes the typical sections on hooks and yarns, but goes further still, with discussion on International vs US terminology, color theory, yarn substitution and a hook conversion chart. There is a section on techniques, including making buttonholes and set-in pockets. All instructions are written, minus charts. However, the instructions are accompanied by clear line drawings to assist the crocheter in figuring out how the stitches are formed.
I recommend Calamity-Free Crochet as a great reference tool in the beginning crocheter’s library.

Full disclosure: A free review copy of Calamity-Free Crochet was provided by Harper Design. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

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