I adore crochet books! I’ve bought so many over the last year or two, mostly new, and mainly online because I am pretty isolated geographically with only very limited access to very expensive ‘bricks and mortar’ stores. I also can’t go past a second hand bookshop and will always have a good rummage around and always ask the proprietor if I’ve missed anything. They can be a bit old-fashioned, but therein often lies the charm 🙂
For several years now my go-to online book shop has been Book Depository, based on price, so that’s where I link to when I talk about a crochet book that I own. I am not paid to write reviews and I am not affiliated with any authors or publishers in any way. I do receive a small commission from Book Depository for any sales resulting from my posts. I put it towards more lovely crochet books 🙂
I confess I enjoy a good crochet book both with and without hook in hand. I believe the correct term is ‘crochet porn’ 🙂 From my own collection, the following are my favourites. These are the ones I have turned to for guidance and inspiration most often, and/or whose patterns I have most enjoyed hooking.
- Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman – I taught myself how to calculate stitch count for borders using this beautiful little book. It’s gorgeous for both reference and a source of inspiration. I’ve only worked one border as yet, but I have no doubt that many more will follow.
- Boho Crochet by Martingale Press – loads of cuteness by various designers, compiled by Marinke Slump, who is sadly no longer with us, author of another lovely book I own entitled Crochet Mandalas. I’ve made the picot-edge mandala and the mug cozy, and the crocheted christmas baubles must be started soon!
- 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton – I’ve worked thirty of these patterns and am currently joining them into a blanket – a rather long wip but a worthwhile and most enjoyable one, and I have learned so much.
- Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen – I’ve hooked up three or four of these beauties to date and plan to make the lot!
- Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman – another gorgeous book by this author, often accompanied by a cup of tea on the veranda – just so pretty to look at! I’ve made a couple of these motifs, both stars, and must make another soon, just because 🙂
- The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein – I’m currently on Chapter 4, loving it and reviewing as I go, part one is here.
- Crochet The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by DK Publishing – I rarely use this now, but I include it because it was the first crochet book I ever bought and I got a lot out of it back then in terms of learning and inspiration.