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The definitive classic on crocheting for years, the first edition of Crocheting in Plain English equipped readers with easy-to-follow, friendly advice on creating their dream crochets. A lifelong crocheting teacher and designer, Maggie Righetti offered both basic principles and step-by-step instructions to get crocheters started and to perfect their techniques. In this latest edition, completely updated and revised for today's crocheter, Righetti dispenses more of her invaluable wisdom, covering virtually everything you need to know about crochet, including: * Selecting threads and yarns * Determining gauge * Working with the right tools * How to interpret patterns and instructions * Increasing and decreasing stitches * How to fix mistakes * Basic stitches (chain, double, treble, slip) * Sixteen different fabric pattern stitches * Assembling the finished product * How to block, clean, and care for crocheted articles * And much, much more! Each technique is illustrated with clear drawings, charts, or photos. Complete with a new introduction and a detailed glossary of crochet terms, Crocheting in Plain English is one sourcebook no crocheter should do without.