MARTINGALE-The Essential Book Of Crochet Techniques. From the first chain stitch to buttonholes and blocking, you'll find expert guidance for mastering a time-honored craft. Make your first crochet adventure frustration free-or sharpen your skills-with dozens of tips that guarantee success. Take an easy walk through each technique with close-up color photos and detailed illustrations. Start with basic crochet stitches, then learn about gauges, increases, decreases, seams, trims, edgings and finishing. Crochet on the go with the book's convenient take-along size. Author: Nancie M. Wiseman. Softcover, 127 pages. Published 2006. Imported.