Product Description The basics of crochet are very quick to master, but feeling confident about how to move beyond the basics and create a stylish, professional finish for all your crochet projects is aÂ common dilemma faced by many crocheters. Presented in an easy-to-use format arranged by topic and cross-referenced, so you can dip in and out as needed for advice, this book offers hundreds of answers, fixes, insider tips, and secrets to help you along the way. Â Divided into sections that cover a multitude of topics such as: choosing the right hook for you, putting gauge measurements to work, fool-proof ways of turning, quick fixes for uneven edges, shaping with increases and decreases, how to make neat corners, marking essentials, dealing with yarn ends, choosing the right seam and even how to look after crochet garments, 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets contains a wealth of technical knowledge and handy tips. Aimed at all crocheters, from the beginner to the more experienced, this book is a valuable addition to any craft library. Review From Booklist "A familiar name in needleworking takes her latest bow with a book joining The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques (2006) and 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans (2005), among others. Eaton works her expert magic in compiling a jam-packed, every-page-worth-perusing reference that even experienced crafters will return to again and again. Who could resist 'Fix It' panels, featuring solutions to such problems as yarn that catches on plastic hooks and recycling swatches into potholders? Or the 'Try It' columns that shows a variety of decorative options. The 'insider secrets' angle extends to all seven chapters, starting with the anatomy of a crochet hook and concluding with the best tips on dealing with thick yarn ends and blocking. Design ideas, completed swatches, and step-by-step instructions, most illustrated with great color photographs, add even more value to a soon-to-be-treasured and well-worn publication. Appended are working guidelines, size charts, stitch symbols, American/English teminology, arrangements of symbols, standard laundering symbols, conversions, equivalent weights, categories of yarn, gauge ranges, and recommended hook sizes, along with a "fold out this flap," featuring a ruler, hook sizes, and crochet abbreviations." About the Author JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London,Â Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines. Past works include the new edition of Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, Country Crochet and Knitted Lace, and 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans.