A big list of 31 of the most awesome crochet books that are ready to keep beginners and advanced crocheters occupied for a long time.
I always loved books as a child. My fondest memories of the early days were of my mother reading me books before I go to bed. And then, when I was old enough, I was carrying a book everywhere with me.
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A book was a lifesaver for me when I had to wait for the bus to arrive, or to the doctor’s office or just about anywhere that I was alone. This may come as a shock to the ones younger than me, but we didn’t have cell phones back then.
If you would like to keep yourself entertained, you brought a book. That was life back then.
I learned how to crochet when I was about 30 years old and now my priorities have changed. I don’t carry a book with me, but a diaper bag and if I am lucky my crochet project.
Well, ok. I always have room for my crochet. But I really miss reading. I usually try to squeeze in a page or two of my favorite crime book before bed, but that’s it. I am so tired that I fall asleep usually before reading two paragraphs.
And then crochet books entered in my life! I have a really small collection but when I was making a research the other day, I found sooo many more that are just waiting for me to take them in my hands and in my library.
Did you know there are also many different kinds of crochet books? We have stitch books -or stitch dictionaries-, pattern books, books dedicated to granny squares and trims, amigurumi books and more.
I will try to list here the ones that strike me as more interesting or helpful. Some of the books I already own and some are already on my wish list.
Crochet stitch dictionaries
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
Here you can find step-by-step instructions for more than 350 stitches, from easy to advanced, including shells, fans, clusters, bobbles, and more. A swatch for each stitch in a full-color, close-up photograph is also included for easy reference.
The Crochet Stitch Bible
The Crochet Stitch Bible is a comprehensive guide with over 200 crochet stitches, explained in full. This is the one you are going to use again and again as an easy reference for each stitch.
Crochet Stitch Dictionary
This is one of the books that I have in my small collection. A stitch guide with more crochet stitches than I will ever need. Beware though, it uses UK crochet terms and you may find it confusing if you are not careful.
A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter
This book will come in handy, whether you are a beginner or a more advanced crocheter.
500 Crochet Stitches
500 crochet stitches is both a stitch guide and a how-to-crochet primer, all in one volume. You get all the information needed to get started from how to choose yarn and needles to reading patterns and finally how to care for your finished crochet items.
Japanese Wonder Crochet
Definitely something for the more advanced crocheters out there. The book shows a creative approach to classic crochet stitches such as Aran, herringbone, Bavarian, waffle, crocodile, reversible crochet, and many more.
It also includes 25 projects so you can practice your new skills!
50 Crochet Cable Stitches
Yes, crochet cables are a thing and this book will teach you using stitch diagrams, pictures, and written instructions. This allows you to create many variations and different types of cables. Mix and match and learn how to crochet cables!
And of course, there is Tunisian crochet. Learn all the basic and textured Tunisian stitches and create a knit-like fabric with this book.
Beginner crochet books
Complete Crochet Course
The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty stitches, and adding details.
How To Crochet
With this book that is targeted to absolute beginners, you will learn a variety of crochet stitches and skills with easy to follow how-to illustrations. It also includes some fun and simple projects to make.
This book features a mix of classic and modern crochet projects, including things to wear, items for the home, decorative pieces, and cute gifts.
Crochet for Beginners
If you have absolutely no idea where to start when it comes to crochet, then this is the book for you.
Crochet pattern books
This book by my favorite person/teacher/boss babe in the world, Teresa Carter, not only contains 16 original Debrosse patterns but it is also a comprehensive guide for beginning and experienced crocheters alike.
You will learn how to pick the proper tools, read a crochet pattern and complete a crochet project all on your own.
Home Decoration in Crochet
My friend Tanya from Little Things Blogged published a couple of years ago this colorful pattern book and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Just look at the teapot on the cover!
Crochet One-Skein Wonders
Have you ever wondered what you can do with a single skein of yarn? Apparently lots of things according to this book by Edie Eckman and Judith Durant.
101 exciting crochet projects — including jewelry, scarves, bags, hats, dresses, and home decor items — that each use just one skein of yarn. Who said crochet is an expensive hobby?
Corner to Corner Crochet
Fellow blogger, Jess Coppom, of Make and Do Crew has published a book about corner to corner crochet. By using basic crochet stitches you can create stunning, contemporary designs for home decor items and accessories.
Big Book Of Crocheting
This book is a little bit of both. A massive pattern book with many crochet projects to try but also a stitch guide.
Crochet granny square books
3D Granny Squares
Yes, there are books only for granny squares. There are so many options with them and this book has a new perspective on the old granny square.
Choose your favorite from 100 different designs including flowers, animals, food and drink, and motifs; whether it’s a fragrant rose, a cherry pie or a jellyfish. Each motif features a 3D element that is integral to the granny square design.
The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook
The Granny Square Book
The updated version of this book contains 100 crochet granny squares for you to choose and make.
100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet
This granny square book features a treasury of squares that are quick to make and sure to stand out-from tried-and-true vintage favorites to contemporary designs.
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs
Not exactly granny squares because this book is going to take you a step beyond. Get ready for circles, triangles, hexagons, and stars.
Crochet trims, borders and flower books
Every Which Way Crochet Borders
This book offers step-by-step instructions and charts for over 139 borders to add to your projects.
Around the Corner Crochet Borders
This collection includes 150 vibrant crochet frames to suit every fiber need, even if you have to turn a 90-degree angle, which is often the case.
The Finer Edge
The Finer edge is a little bit different than other books concerning trims and borders. It will teach you how edging patterns can be reformatted to create entire fabrics besides their usual use.
Crochet Edgings & Trims
With 150 crochet edgings and trims, you will never be out of inspiration for your next project.
200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments & Trims
Another book from my collection, it was especially useful when I was making lots of crocheted flowers to add to baby headbands and hats.
200 Fun Things to Crochet
The title says it all! 200 fun things to crochet! From flowers, to leaves, bugs, and birds, you will have a very cute crochet collection.
100 Lace Flowers to Crochet
A gorgeous selection of flowers and leaves to crochet with thread. Delicate flowers to embellish larger projects.
Novelty crocheters will love this collection of beautiful and realistic flowers to crochet. If you want to start small on the flower craze, then this book is for you.
This stylish crochet book will keep more advanced crocheters entertained for hours. You may have to use different yarns than the ones you are used to. It includes projects made with chenille, silk and ribbon yarn!
This list wouldn’t be full if I didn’t include some crochet planners. There are so many different styles out there and I am sure you will find something you like and keeps you on track with your wip.
I just chose 3 styles that I liked to present to you, but as I said, there are so many out there.
2020-2021 Crochet Planner
Flowery, girly and simple!
Yarn it! Knitting & Crochet Journal
For the rustic minimalist!
Buying Yarn and Using It Are Two Different Hobbies
For those who appreciate great crochet humor!
Vogue® Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book
I kept this one for last. I know it is not a crochet book but it is one that I have in my collection and I can say that it helped me grow as a crochet designer.
There are basic principles when designing knitwear so if you would like to make your own patterns one day, you should definitely consider buying it. It is a gem!
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I hope this list gave you inspiration or guidance so you can choose your next crochet book. Books are always worth their money and I know I have my eye on several of the above.