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One of the most popular'home fashion hobbies this year is crochet, and the most attractive decorative motif is the flower. Combining the two in a stylish marriage is PARADE'S brand-new book called The Easy Art of Flower Crochet, offered to our readers for only $1. The universal appeal of flowers is expressed in the variety of things you can make to wear, whether updated classics --like the granny shawl and the two- piece chemise--or up-to-the-minute styles--like the "shrink" vest and the dolman sweater. To help beginners, there's a whole * section in the book devoted to clear and simple instruction in the basic stitches, from the "knot-slip loop" to the "treble crochet," with a step-by- step picture guide. )ust looking at,the finished product--pictured next to each set of instructions--is enough inspiration to try your hand at crochet. Exciting items for the home include a lacy-looking tablecloth and bedspread done in cotton, and a set of pretty placemats with a shasta daisy design. The "double dahlia" patterned afghan included in the book is a striking way to oorrunq v*y mix beauty and usefulness. For baby, there are instructions for a charming hat, sweater, and bootie set, trimmed with pastel satin ribbons. Tiny beads, lace, and ribbons adorn a delicate hooded carriage afghan, which has the look of an expensive import. Little girls will love the daisy-trimmed dress with puffed sleeves, for party wear, and their older sisters will absolutely flip over the fringed, flowered shoulder tote. Springtime look Winter enthusiasts who like to adorn themselves with the look of springtime might be interested in crocheting the matching cloche and scarf set for the chilly months. Those in warmer climes, or anyone looking forward to days at the shore, can whip up a Vee-necked maxi beach coat, or a one- or two-piece bathing suit--and be sure to be right in step with their flower fashion accents. TVie Easy Art of Flower Crochet will let you in on the secret of making stylish items for you, your home and your family, with a minimum of cost and a maximum of creative pleasure. nHBYMWY: Send $1 in cash, check or money order to: PARADE, P.O. Box 144, Old Chebea Station, New York, N.Y. 10011. Print name, address and zip code. Allow three weeks for delivery.