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I own June Hiatt's Principles of Knitting book and love it - it's really helped me understand and improve my knitting. But, I'm casting aside my knitting needles (temporarily) because my baby keeps grabbing the darn things. I am trying to learn crochet (only a small hook and I seem to be able to keep everything away from the babe) but I'd really like to understand some details beyond the rudimentary stitches. I'm wondering if there is something that approaches the detail in Hiatt's knitting book. Can anyone recommend some good detailed crochet books? Thanks!
 

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The Crochet Bible is pretty good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My bible is <i>Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet</i>. It goes into great detail, everything from the basics to relatively advanced stuff like pockets, button plackets, and setting in zippers. There's even info on Irish lace, Tunisian/Afghan crochet, and crocheting with beads & wires. If you want something that goes into extreme, scholarly detail, check out Lily M Chin's <i>Coture Crochet Workshop</i>, though honestly I wouldn't recommend that for a beginner.
 

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I have to agree with Sagesgirl 100%, I tend to go off the deep end with books and I've found that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDonna-Koolers-Encyclopedia-Crochet-Kooler%2Fdp%2F1574862820" target="_blank">Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet</a> is super detailed and my favorite part about it is that the illustrations are left handed and right handed, and my left handed self is so greatful for that!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have to agree with Sagesgirl 100%, I tend to go off the deep end with books and I've found that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDonna-Koolers-Encyclopedia-Crochet-Kooler%2Fdp%2F1574862820" target="_blank">Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet</a> is super detailed and my favorite part about it is that the illustrations are left handed and right handed, and for my left handed self is so greatful for that!</div>
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I third the recommendation for Donna Koller's book - it is the most useful book in my collection by far.<br><br>
And Mia, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> to fellow lefty hooker!
 

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I had forgotten about that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm left-handed too, and that format was very helpful for Tunisian crochet.
 
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