Even if you had never crocheted before, you could pick up Crochet Your Way, (Taunton Press, 2000, 218 pages) by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin, and easily understand everything you need to know. It begins with a comprehensive section on basics, including language, terms, symbols, weights and measures, and hook sizes along with an in-depth description of the essential tool of a crocheter _ the crochet hook.
The full-color illustrations used throughout are top-notch. The basic section begins with options for holding a crochet hook and travels through informative material and beginning stitches up to and including treble crochet.
One of the most interesting sections of the book is the Learn-to-Crochet Afghan that is composed of 20 blocks.
Tracy and Levin have impressive credentials, and it's easy to see how competent they are to author a definitive crochet book. They are co-owners of K1C2, a business that markets yarn, patterns, kits, needleworking notions and accessories.
Both are nationally known teachers, designers and members of many prestigious associations in the needleworking industry.
Readers of the Needleworks can get a copy autographed by Tracy and Levin.
To order, send $22.95 plus $5 shipping to K1C2, Crochet Book, 2220 Eastman Ave. No. 105, Ventura, CA 93003, or call (888) 867-7479.