The Most Helpful Crochet Books

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|Last Updated 01-10-2021

Which are the best crochet books on the market today?

The best crochet books? Not an easy question. There are so many of them. Do you really need a book to learn to crochet?

Books are helpful for a number of reasons:

  • Use a book as a ready reference for a specific stitch
  • Use a book to help you determine if your crochet looks as it should
  • Use a book to keep tabs on your progress as a crocheter

The books on this page have a lot in common.  First they are our favorites, but for very good reasons.

Crochet books should be:

  • Easy to understand
  • Full of real illustrations and photographs
  • Help solve crochting problems
  • Inspiring and helpful for new projects
  • This page presents the books which, have a lot of HOW-TO information 

Why Buy Crochet Books?

There are a lot of crocheting techniques and a lot of talented people who bring us their experiences and knowledge.  If you decide to invest in a few good books, I hope the ones we've mentioned on this page will help you out.

A few words of caution. Please keep in mind that all of us are different. Some people consider that the best way to learn something is a book. That's why a well-written and proper presented crochet book is the best possible gift for them. Even among those "I-love-books-readers" there are a lot of people with completely different approach to learning, level of skills and ability to perceive written information.

Think about it. Determination is your the most helpful feature if you are serious about learning some things. You can learn everything your self if you really are determined.

Otherwise, you will be looking for any excuses like a very poorly written book, not working descriptions, and so on. From the other side, it is quite possible that you are a visual learner and the YouTube videos or communication with more experienced crocheters and knitters are much better choice for you than a book. All of us are different. I wish you an easy and fast progress in gaining your crocheting skills.

Here are some of my favorite crochet books. I usually look for the books which provide me some "fundamental" and solid information that I can't get on the web or YouTube. This kind of information allows a crocheter to experience more freedom in his/her designs. The better you understand the basics of classical design, the more creative ideas and inspiration they will provide. 

You can always pick up a pattern and follow it from top to bottom without ever having to think about it.  But what if you want to go further and make some modifications or changes that reflect your own creativity. 

Learning all the basics from a book may be very helpful.

Amazon has tons of them for much more reasonable price than a regular retail store. Their customers reviews are also extremely helpful.

Ultimate Crochet Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques 

This is not a pattern book, but rather a comprehensive review of a huge selection of crochet techniques presented in text, diagram and colorful photographs. If you are the type of person who wants to learn new stitches, this is the book for you.  After working through the basics, this book delves into tunisian and entrelac crocket, working with color, beads, and sequins and then covers embellishments and professional finishing techniques.  There is a little something for every crocheter from the very beginner to advanced.  A great reference book to have on hand.

Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet

A classic but still very helpful for today's crochet enthusiastics

The strongest features of the crochet book:

  • Comprehensive presentation of various crochet techniques, from the very basic to advanced.
  • The stitch charts and photos are first rate.
  • Each instruction page has two columns of illustrations for the right-handed and for left-handed people.
  • Crochet patterns have both abbreviation descriptions and graphical charts.
  • Detailed information on the abbreviations and chart symbols used in crochet patterns.
  • The stitch patterns library certainly worth attention of any level crocheters. It is well classified and has excellent charts and descriptions.

The book has anything and everything you would ever need to know about classical crocheting techniques, but don't expect to find a lot of modern crochet projects there. A definite must have for your needlework library.


Crochet Techniques & Tips Spiral-bound – February 3, 2014

This is a short, but powerful book that every beginner will benefit from because it features 20 stitches in easy to understand directions and illustrations.  It's meant for the beginner, but any intermediate crocheter will find it helpful as well as a quick reference for those stitches that one may not encounter every day.

A to Z Crochet

This book is the go to guide for different stitches, but don't expect to get a wealth of instructions on specific patterns.  As a book, I recommend this to the advanced beginner to intermediate crocheter as it provides plenty of drawings and tutorials, but may be a bit to vague for the absolute beginner.

This book covers topics such as:

  • learn how to crochet in the round?
  • create fun edges for your scarves or blankets?
  • How to change colors mid-crochet?
  • How to weave in your ends?
  • How to make your rows wavy or curvy?
  • Add extra texture to your work?
  • How about adding in beads and sequins?
  • Or making buttons and button-holes?
  • How to make cords? What about just wanting to know how to pick the right yarn and hooks?


All About Crochet Motifs

Do you like to crochet motifs? Not too sure about creative ideas how to use them? This book is for you. Not only it gives you simply stunning patterns but also teaches you how to join easy motifs to create complicated crocheted fabrics. There are more design options than you ever dreamed. Book is great for the beginner, as well as the advanced, crocheters.

The strongest features of the book:

  • The book is beautifully designed. Even looking at it makes you want to take hook in hand and create.
  • The featured motifs range from simple to challenging. The combination of patterns for squares with methods of connecting them provides many possibilities.
  • Easy instructions, and clearly written details.These techniques can be employed in so many different crochet projects.
  • There is a lot of information about the basics of crochet and reading charts.