From the moment you pick up Debbie Stoller’s third book Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, it’s pretty clear that this is no traditional approach to crochet. Full of puns and double-entendres (“voulez-vous crochet avec moi?”), The Happy Hooker is an engaging and well-designed instruction manual for your crochet hook.
Candidly written and easy to follow, The Happy Hooker is ideal for beginners. Unlike many instructional books, Stoller dispenses with difficulty ratings, suggesting instead that it’s more rewarding to work on something that you actually like, rather than getting hung up on whether you can do it. And amongst the 40 original patterns, the temptation to take on a challenging project is definitely there.
Each of the patterns is accompanied by a paragraph about the inspiration behind the project and a mini biography of its creator.