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I’m a massive book lover, I am constantly buying books. I even have several that I’ve purchased that aren’t out yet… (pre-order squad, where ya at?!) Although I’m an avid bookworm, the one type of book I have yet to purchase would be crochet books. Crazy, right? This post here is going to be all about books and crocheting! It’s the best of both worlds.
Not all crochet books are created equal, and like any other book, there will be some good and some bad in each. These books will also depends on your interests within crocheting and your ability. Below you will find 11 Best Crochet Books for Beginners in 2020!
- Love bright, colorful craft projects
- Would enjoy making projects to decorate your home, or to give as gifts
- Think classic crochet is charming
- Want simple instructions, plus a variety of beginner, easy and intermediate level crochet patterns
…then this book is for you. It’s the ideal book for beginners; it includes lovely patterns plus instructions that are aimed at teaching you the basics you’ll need to know for succeeding with your crochet.
- Want to learn how to crochet lots of different stitches
- Enjoy learning from step-by-step photo tutorials and/or symbol crochet stitch diagrams
- Want instructions for a variety of crochet techniques
…then Crochet Stitch Dictionary is a book you’ll want to add to your library.
It’s important to be aware that this book is not a pattern book. The book focuses primarily on teaching you different crochet stitches. There’s also quite a bit of information focused on teaching you various crochet techniques. You can use these stitches and techniques to create projects; it’s really easy to do so. But if you want complete ready-made instructions for various crochet projects, this book is not what you’re looking for. Or you might want to consider buying this book in addition to some pattern books.
Why a beginner might want to own this book:
- This is a crochet stitch dictionary that a beginning crocheter could use to transform themselves into an expert given time, practice, and effort. The basic reference information in this book is thorough, clear, helpful and concise. The basic crochet stitches are all covered in this book.
- This book is a beginner’s fast-track to understanding which crochet stitches are most useful and most wearable. Professional knitting and crochet pattern designer, Melissa Leapman has put her seal of approval on every single crochet stitch pattern you’ll find in this book. Having this book gives you the inside scoop on a multitude of outstanding crochet stitches.
- International symbol crochet stitch diagrams guide you through the process of crocheting each stitch pattern found in this book. You also get large color photographs of each stitch plus written text instructions.
This is a book I have been thinking about purchasing for myself! It seems very informative and has a ton of knowledge within its pages. Maybe I should, huh?
This book is unique to say the least! It is both guy-friendly (Yes, gentlemen,I’m talking to you!) and appropriate for beginners. One of the book’s most important selling points: it includes numerous step-by-step tutorials for the basic crochet stitches plus other stitches and craft techniques you might not be familiar with yet. It also includes a whole bunch of unique and interesting crochet patterns suitable for people of either gender.
Would you enjoy crocheting fancy snowflake motifs to use as appliques, Christmas decorations, or for other purposes? If so, this book is for you! This book is part beginner’s crochet instruction manual and part crochet snowflake pattern book. The book also includes instructions for stiffening for snowflakes so you can use them as Christmas tree ornaments; plus you get additional ideas for lovely projects you can make using the snowflake patterns in the book.
Once you’ve completed a beginner-level crochet project or two, you can safely advance to working projects labeled as being “easy”. Actually, the truth is you can do any crochet project you put your mind to doing! Regardless of the skill level rating. Crochet is not rocket science, and it’s all do-able if you allocate time and patience to it. But easy projects are a good way to build your crochet skills with a minimum amount of frustration.
The following crochet books recommendations feature a majority of easy patterns that would be ideal projects for crocheters at this skill level.
Gooseberry Patch is best-known for country-style cookbooks and calendars, but they also curate interesting craft books. This fun book is an example of some of their best work. This book offers you 15 patterns for lovely blankets, pillows, kitchen projects, and more!
Quick Comforts is a great book for beginners because the projects are so easy, and because they work up quickly. You’ll use thick, chunky yarns and great big crochet hooks to make these projects. This is ideal because thick yarns and hooks are easier to hold onto than fine threads and skinny hooks. For beginners, one of the most challenging things is getting used to holding onto the materials while you work with them. The process is greatly simplified when you work from patterns like these.
This affordable little booklet features crochet baby blanket patterns rated as easy and beginner-level crochet projects. The projects include a range of different techniques; some are granny square patterns, some are crocheted in extremely basic stitches, and one is a corner-to-corner project.
This booklet is focused on giving you baby blanket patterns; it doesn’t include beginner’s crochet instructions. Any of the beginner’s crochet instruction manuals listed above would make a good companion to this book.
Last, but definitely not least, I would like to show you a couple of books that are great technique books for advanced beginners! These books will include a multitude of how-tos including how to master seamless crocheting, bead crocheting, and more.
This book is useful if your goal is to master the art and craft of crochet. Crochet offers you an abundance of interesting techniques to explore, and many of the most popular techniques are covered in this book. For each technique discussed, there’s a corresponding crochet project you can use for practicing and applying what you’ve learned.
This book includes one beginner-level pattern and two easy patterns. Once you’ve completed those, you’ll be in good shape to start working your way through the intermediate level projects in the book. When you have quality instructions like these to work from, it doesn’t take long to break out of beginner status.
10. Seamless Crochet
If you can wrap your head around the information presented in the book, it’ll teach you how to do a technique called “join-as-you-go”. This technique allows you to join crochet motifs like squares and hexagons without having to end off your yarn and weave in the ends after you’ve finished crocheting each motif.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to this technique. Some crocheters say that it isn’t a beginner’s technique; that it takes an advanced crocheter to figure this out.
Then there are the people who insist that your skill level with crochet is irrelevant; with this technique, it’s the dexterity of your brain that counts, not the dexterity of your fingers.
Either way, the sooner you learn this technique, the better. You’ll save yourself hours upon hours of end-weaving once you’ve mastered it. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
People don’t generally think of bead crochet as being a beginner’s technique. It’s earned a reputation as being challenging for a couple of good reasons.
For starters, beads can get pretty heavy, so people tend to use small beads with fine threads to minimize the weight of each project. Fine work can be challenging; it’s tough to hold on to it, and if your eyesight is less than perfect that aspect is challenging as well.
However, despite the challenges, there are bead crochet projects that are easy enough for beginners to succeed with – and a book called The Beaded Edge 2 offers you a chance to try your hands at several of them. There’s a section of the book intended specifically for beginners that includes a complete step-by-step tutorial for one of the easiest projects in the book, from start to finish.
This is an outstanding book that you really won’t want to miss out on. It’s more than worth it’s asking price.
So, there you have it! 11 of the best books on crocheting. Of course, like always, if you have anything you would like to add, feel more than welcome to leave a comment below.
All of the links for the books in this post are through Amazon.com. But of course, you can find books anywhere!