Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chain-Free Crochet Made Easy

A great new book was just published by House of White Birches - Chain-Free Crochet Made Easy. If you want to know how to work all different kinds of foundation stitches, this is the book for you! Yes - some of my patterns are in the book - but this is the kind of book that I would acquire for my book collection. Even if my designs weren't in there. :-) The different techniques for making foundation stitches (you make the foundation chain and the first row of stitches at the same time) make the book a valuable learning tool. With the techniques you will learn from this book you can work just about any pattern using foundation stitches. Check the book out here:

Now - as great as the book is, I did find one slight error in one of my patterns - the Rectangular Granny Afghan, on page 66. The directions tell you to make a dc eyelet, but they don't tell you how. So, here is the way to make a dc eyelet:
*Ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook. Repeat from * as many times as stated.

Also, the directions don't tell you how many to make. Make 3 dc eyelets.

If you do buy the book, and make any of my patterns, please send me a picture. I love to see what other crocheters do with my patterns.

And check out the close-up pictures of my place mat on pages 148 and 149. These are awesome!


Tamika said...

Thanks for the post. I will be on the look out for this book. I just learned about foundation stitching last week. Ive been crocheting since I was a little girl and had never heard of it until last week as I was following a pattern for fingerless gloves.

I am interested in becoming a member of the crochet guild and would also like to become a professional designer one day. Can you give me any information or tips on how to become a designer? Im 36 and disabled. Im in the process of reworking my life and croheting/knitting are defintely a part of what makes me get up every day with hope and anticipation.

Marty Miller said...

Joining the CGOA is a great way to get started on your journey to becoming a professional designer. You can join on-line at Once you are a member, you can find out how to apply for associate professional membership. There is no added cost, and as an associate professional, you can ask for a mentor who will guide you. We are in the process of revising the guidelines for associate membership, so it may be a little while before you hear about whether you are accepted. Another great way to get going on your goals is to go to the Chain Link conference in August, in Buffalo, NY. You can attend Professional Development Day, talk with editors and show them your ideas and designs, and meet others who have the same goals as you do. You can find out more about the Chain Link conference at

Hope this helps,