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A beautifully illustrated publication with a fashion-forward feel, Fashion Crochet contains 30 crochet projects for a range of accessories and clothing items inspired by up-to-the-minute catwalk trends. Utterly contemporary and stylish, the projects incorporate a wide cross-section of techniques from granny squares and ktwork to lace and hairpin crochet. As useful for the highly experienced as the absolute beginner, this inspiring and chic book is divided into chapters on accessories, such as shawls, scarves, bags, hats, jewellery and decorative items, and separates, such as dresses, skirts, tops and beachwear. Each project is accompanied by fashion photographs showing the inspiration for the piece, and offers ideas on how to wear the item. Essential tools and techniques are clearly explained - from crochet hooks, working stitches and how to measure tension to adding embellishments and finishing off - with line drawings provided for more complicated techniques.
Claire Montgomerie is a textile designer specializing in knitting and crochet. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, she has designed her own range of knitted accessories, toys and garments called Monty. She has also created for the US fashion market, made knitwear for film costumes and knitted characters for music videos and animations. Currently teaching textiles at Barnet College, Hertfordshire, she runs knitting classes at Loop, the London knitting emporium. She is the author of Easy Baby Knits (2006), Yarn Palette (2008) and Knitting Vintage (2010).