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Great Crochet Books for Your Craft Library
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
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
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?
Inspirational and Informative Crochet Links
- Crochet Jewelry With Wire: a book by Mabel Van Niekerk
Making your own jewelry is fun and easy.
- Ten Free Crochet Patterns: Easy Crocheted Socks
Socks can be crocheted as well as knitted. These free patterns for crocheted socks are designed to be as comfortable as hand knit socks. Top-down and toe-up sock patterns are included. Unusual patterns include pedicure socks and 1916 baby socks.
- Interview with Lily Chin, Author of Couture Crochet Workshop | MAKE: Craft
Couture Crochet Workshop by Lily Chin
- Fiberfrau: Crochet Flashback to 1979
We wore and made some amazing things in the seventies...