Best crochet books for all levels

Crochet is one of the simplest forms of craft there is, requiring only a hook and some yarn. It is relatively easy to master, and once you know the basic stitches and how to read crochet charts, you can create a range of beautiful items. 

The best crochet books detail the stitches, techniques and patterns you’ll need to become an expert crocheter.

21 Great crochet books

These crochet books are equally useful for those just starting out with crochet, and crocheters who have been hooked for some time!

1. Modern Crochet: Patterns and Designs for the Minimalist Maker

Written by Teresa Carter, a well-known teacher and authority on crochet, this book proves that crochet is not a thing of the past, but rather a thriving modern pursuit. 

This guide is useful for those of all levels, from beginner to advance, with comprehensive instructions and tips covering almost everything you need to know about crocheting. With elegant, simple and innovative designs, this book is perfectly suited to a new generation falling in love with crocheting.

2. A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter

This guide covers everything you need to know about crochet, from the basics to advanced techniques. Beginners will be able to look up simple stitches, while experienced crocheters can check those tricky items they’ve never been able to master. 

One of the great advantages of this book is it is so visual, with close-up photos showing the processes step by step.

3. Crochet for Beginners: A Complete Step By Step Guide for beginners with illustrations To Learn Crocheting in a Very Simple Way

Aimed at those new to crocheting, this book can take absolute beginners and let them become confident in crocheting in a short amount of time. It has step by step instructions complete with illustrations, ideal for those wanting to start out, or looking to learn new techniques. 

This book covers how to do simple stitches and read patterns, with explanations for both right and left-handed sewers.

4. Crochet Style: Over 30 Trendy, Classic and Sporty Accessories for All Ages

Looking to make a stylish new accessory? This book has unique and interesting designs for hats, ear-warmers, cowls and other items. 

The patterns are divided into 3 styles: trendy, sporty, and classic, each with simple instructions and detailed stitch techniques. These one-of-a-kind designs offer some fresh and new, with many being suitable for both men and women.

5. The Crochet Stitch Handbook: The Essential Illustrated Reference

This guide aims to be a definitive guide to all crochet stitches. It goes a fair way to achieving this, covering over 200 different stitches, each explained in detail. 

This diversity and thoroughness makes it an asset for those of all levels. The guide also features a ‘stitch selector’, which is very handy in helping you choose the correct stitch if you’re creating your own patterns.

6. Crochet Geometry: Geometric Patterns to Fit and Flatter

This collection of crochet designs includes 15 patterns for stylish and modern sweaters, boleros, vests, and more. 

The simple patterns and clear instructions make this book suitable for all levels and include geometric elements such as crochet rectangles, triangles, and circles to create wearable designs. There are even pictures detailing each step of the patterns.

7. Simple Crocheting

This book starts right at the beginning of your crochet journey, breaking down basic technique so that even complete beginners will be able to execute the projects described. Each of 20 projects are aimed to develop a different stitch or technique, making this a great way for beginners to develop crochet skills. 

However, many of these simple yet interesting designs will appeal to more advanced crocheters, especially with their pleasing, modern aesthetics.

8. Modern Crochet: Crochet Accessories and Projects For Your Home

 This book contains over 30 projects, with a focus on home décor items and personal accessories 

While many crochet books focus on accessories, this book’s point of difference is that along with accessories and jewelry , it has many home furnishing projects such as rugs, cushions, and storage baskets. Advanced crocheters will be delighted by the interesting, modern designs, and  beginners will also find this book useful thanks to its detailed introduction to crochet tools, yarns, and basic techniques.

Fun and inspirational crochet books

If you’re tired of the same old patterns, check out these fun and innovative crochet books. These books introduce new techniques and approaches to bring something different to your crochet.

1. Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws For the Family (Annies Crochet)

This book’s unique “corner-to-corner” approach to crocheting uses a pixel graph instead of a written pattern. 

These pixel graphs are visual maps that are not only easy to follow, but that can be tailored to create a crochet blanket of virtually any image you like. Along with patterns for five throws, this book includes step-by-step instructions with photos.

2. Sophie’s Universe

Sophie’s Universe is an intricate and innovative continuous square blanket that, according to designer Dedri Uys is also a “journey of discovery”. 

The pattern is suitable for all levels, involving advanced techniques but written with detailed instructions to suit adventurous beginners. These instructions include tips, advice and step-by-step photos, and video tutorials for the project are also available on YouTube. 

Additionally, each round incorporates a new stitch, making it perfect for beginners (or anyone!) to improve their skills.

3. Round and Round the Crochet Hook: Patterns to Inspire and Admire

From doilies and garlands to table runners and cushions, this book is the definitive volume  on round crochet. The classic, timeless designs range from quick projects to intricate and stunning ones. 

The patterns come with clear instructions that also detail any special stitches required, making them suitable for beginners to more advanced crocheters.

4. Contemporary Celtic Crochet

Celtic crochet features the intricate cables found in traditional Scottish and Irish art and design. This book will teach you the crochet stitches you need for this effect, detailing a number of easy projects, including hats, scarves, cardigans, and home décor items.

5. Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively-Minded

From acclaimed Finnish designer and blogger Molla Mills, this book has around 30 innovative and modern designs, each with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. 

Along with clothes and accessories for women, men, and children, there are rugs, cushions, and even travel accessories. What sets these designs apart are the contemporary aesthetics and practical nature.

6. Crochet Animal Rugs: Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories

This book has over 20 truly fun designs for animal-themed floor mats and accessories. Along with rugs, you will find security blankets, stool covers, toy bags and more, in the funky shapes of elephants, giraffes, cats, monkeys, and even dinosaurs. The patterns are accompanied by detailed instructions including stitches and how-to pictures.

Amigurumi crochet books

Originating in Japan, Amigurumi is a specific type of crochet that makes small toys, usually in the form of animals, characters, food, or household objects. These books will introduce you to the art of Amigurumi, or give you fresh ideas for your projects.

Find more amigurumi ideas and tutorials in our post about free amigurumi patterns.

1. Edward’s Menagerie: The New Collection: 50 animal patterns to learn to crochet

This book from famed author and crocheter Kerry Lord features 50 patterns for quaint and quirky animal characters. 

Although there are simple projects working up to more advanced endeavours, all use only  simple stitches, so they are easily accessible.

2. Animal Friends of Pica Pau: Gather All 20 Colorful Amigurumi Animal Characters

With 20 new Amigurumi designs from Yan Schenkel, this book features a range of adorable animal characters. From a gentle rhino to a dreamy donkey and a chatty crocodile, each design comes with detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures.

3. Snuggle and Play Crochet: 40 Amigurumi Patterns for Lovey Security Blankets and Matching Toys

Amigurumi is great for animal themed security blankets and comforters. This book features designs for both comforters and matching toys, perfect for your own little one or for a gift to new family members. These soft, crocheted toys and comforters are ideal for small babies.

4. Crochet Cute Critters: 26 Easy Amigurumi Patterns

Aimed at beginners, this book has 26 easy patterns for cuddly animals, one for each letter of the alphabet. With comprehensive instructions, each design follows the same basic pattern, so you can apply what you’ve learned so far to each new design.

And for the young crocheter

Crochet really is for all ages, and its simplicity makes it ideal for youngsters. These books are great for children and teenagers who are fans of crochet, or want to get started.

1. My First Crochet Book: Learn to Crochet: Kids

An ideal introduction for young first-time crocheters, this guide starts with the basics, covering technique, stitches and guiding children through their first projects. Your child will learn as they progress from easy to more difficult projects such as mittens, scarves, toys, fashion accessories, and more.

2. Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Crochet

This visual-based book uses photos to engage and teach youngsters the art of crochet. It starts right at the beginning, covering hooks, yarn, basic stitches, and simple chains, before moving on to more complex technique. 

With over 200 pictures, this book is appropriate for all ages, even young children.

3. Kids Crochet: Projects for Kids of All Ages

Perfect for kids or teenagers who love to crochet, this book has fifteen cool projects accompanied by illustrated, step-by-step instructions. 

Projects cover accessories and items, including ponchos, hats, and a pincushion. The book also has extra tips on crochet skills, as well as snippets on crochet history and cultural customs.

Wrapping it up

One (or a few) great crochet books are invaluable to any crocheter, whether just starting out or looking to refine their technique. There are a variety of handy books out there, with comprehensive guides to crochet stitches, unique and interesting patterns, and even volumes suitable for the young crocheter!

Do you have a favorite crochet book? Let us know in the comments section!

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