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Great Crochet Books for Your Craft Library

Updated on June 17, 2015

A Crochet Sampler Piece

Books for Beginners through Masters

Crafters are known for their stashes of supplies: beads, yarn, fabric, cardstock, or whatever their craft requires. They are also known to collect books about their craft. I have collected quite a few crochet books, patterns, and other resources over the years and love to share the best of them with my readers. I will also share them with my students, as I have decided to try my hand at teaching the craft.

Some books have clear explanations of techniques, some have patterns I use over and over, and some have photographs of projects so ambitious I may never make them. All these books help me improve my crocheting.

Speaking of teaching, one excellent free teaching resource I have found comes from the Cooperative Extension Service at Utah State University: The 4-H Crocheting Handbook. This wonderful pdf book reminds me of the excellent 4-H manuals I grew up with in Indiana, thanks to Purdue's Extension Office.

First Learn the Basic Techniques of Crochet - "How to Crochet" Books

How to Crochet: Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques. A Storey BASICS® Title
How to Crochet: Learn the Basic Stitches and Techniques. A Storey BASICS® Title

I reviewed an advance copy of this book, now available in paperback and Kindle formats. I have never seen such clear illustrations in a how-to-crochet book before.

 

More Excellent Crochet Patterns

Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! (Leisure Arts #5058): The Ultimate Collection for Every Occasion
Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! (Leisure Arts #5058): The Ultimate Collection for Every Occasion

Drew Emborsky presents lovely sweaters, an amazing long coat, and a crocheted "little black dress" to flatter women and delight crochet enthusiasts.

 

Indulgences: Books Purchased for a Special Project

Sometimes a single cover photo catches my eye in a book store. I will think, "Wow, that is amazing," and will buy the book even if I am honestly never going to make the crocheted wedding gown or spin my own yarn from dog hair to make a sweater. I justify the purchase because, while I might not make a particular project, I most certainly can adapt a patttern stitch to a smaller project or learn new color combinations I'd like to use.

Your local bookstore, used book store, and online sites such as Paperbackswap are great places to look for buried treasure in book form. I have sometimes happened to go to the used book store right after somebody sold them a huge box of knitting and crochet books--fun!

Drew Emborsky's Crochet It, Love It! is full of projects that are more exciting than a basic rectangular scarf or a potholder. The basic black dress is especially interesting in its unique construction with a built-in bra. sewn to the dress.

A Matter of Personal Preference

How do you hold your crochet hook?

What are Your Favorite Crochet Books?

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My favorite things to crochet are plush animals and have discovered a new favorite style with amigurumi. Ana Paula Rimoli has published several books of cute amigurumi animals and I own most of them. They are such fun to create.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I though everybody crocheted like me! Pencil grip! Well I learnt about a new grip today - knife grip.