I’m a massive beginner crochet book lover but I’m also a minimalist (which is really hard when you crochet but I manage!) so I don’t tend to buy books often. I’ve also cleared out most of my collection – if I can get it on the Kindle, I don’t have it on the shelf. The only exception is fashion and crochet books. Crochet books take up about 90% of my shelf space. I can’t help it – I just love them.
Not all beginner crochet books are created equal though and I’ve been burned by bad ones in the past. Well, not ‘bad’ ones just books that have one great project on the cover, and the rest of the projects are pretty average. I thought I’d pop together a post on my favorite beginner crochet (and not so beginner crochet) books. I own every single one of these books and I absolutely love each of them.
1. Modern Crochet by Molla Mills
This was the 2nd ever crochet book I ever bought and it’s still one of my favourites. Molla Mills is a modern crochet genius. This book is great for adventurous beginners.
2. Crochetterie by Molla Mills
I had to wait a year before this book was translated into English and I was stoked when it finally arrived in my mail box. This one has some awesome outdoors style projects and projects for men.
3. Beyond The Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman
I will buy any book by Edie Eckman. This book taught me so much about shaping, increasing and decreasing. Edie Eckman can explain things so they actually make sense. This book is also great for adventurous beginners.
4. Hello Kitty Crochet by Mei Li Lee
Just a warning, you might die of cuteness reading this. It’s a beautiful introduction to amigurumi and there are heaps of familiar characters in there you can try. And lots of different Hello Kittys too.
5. Crochet Workshop by Erika Knight
A simple, classic and stylish crochet instruction book. A great place for brand newbies to start.
6. Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord
This book is so gorgeous – it’s written by Kerry Lord who owns Toft yarns and all the dolls are made using natural yarns and colours. So the animals are animal coloured. How cute is that? Also all the animals have little personality profiles next to them. It’s kind of like a bed time story on it’s own.
7. Molly Makes Crochet by Molly Makes Editors
You cannot go past Mollie Makes for anything crochet. Any time they release a crochet special, I’m already bribing someone in the UK to send it to me.
8. Learn to Crochet Love to Crochet by Anna Wilkinson
Anna Wilkinson is actually a knitter first but you’d never know it from these projects. It’s a great modern book for beginners and intermediate crocheters wanting to learn new skills.
9. 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio
This is a crazy under-rated book but I use it often. It’s literally full of snowflakes which are excellent crochet elements for other projects.
10. Lacy Crochet by Chronicle Books
If you ever find a Japanese crochet book in English, buy it. Also learn to read diagrams – you won’t need English written instructions. This was an excellent resources for learning more about fine crocheting in thin crochet cotton.
11. Crochet Step by Step by Sally Harding
Perfect for beginners and it answers all your questions.
12. Crochet Lace by Doris Chan
Anything by Doris Chan is amazing.
13. Convertible Crochet by Doris Chan
Again, anything my Doris Chan is amazing.
14. Rustic Modern Crochet by Yumiko Alexander
This book is full of gorgeous, lacy designs. It is rather advanced though so probably not the best purchase for beginners.
15. Let’s Go Camping by Kate Bruning
I haven’t made anything in this book but it’s so cute, I just can’t stop looking at it. It’s just gorgeous.
16. Animal Heads by Vanessa Mooncie
When I buy my dream warehouse conversion property, the walls be covered in these.
17. Crochet Geometry by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby is next level with his designs. He’s like a crochet prodigy.
18. Stress Free Crochet by Catherine Hirst
A great book for beginners and one I keep picking up regularly.
19. Contemporary Celtic Crochet by Bonnie Barker
I got this out at the library but I’m definitely going to buy it. It’s great for understanding cables.
20. My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessedjian
This book is just beautiful. A wonderful collection of whimsical amigurmi.
21. The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman
This book is the actual bomb. I learned so much from reading this, stuff I thought I already knew but found better ways of doing it. It’s a great resource for crocheters of all levels.
Having said that I love books, my real learning of crochet happened in person, from relatives and other crocheters I’ve met through out my life. From there I did lots of online classes and now I run my own crochet school. There are some things that just don’t translate in books so if you’re struggling to learn to crochet by using books or random tutorials on YouTube you need to join Crochet Coach.
- A learning hub for people who struggle to learn from tutorials on YouTube
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- A place where you can get instructions on what to do when you first start and then where to go from there
What you get…
- Over 30 crochet skill and technique videos for beginner to advanced crocheters
- Ever-expanding pattern library
- A new pattern release each month with full instructions and technique videos
- A beautiful community of crocheters (we call ourselves Crochettes!) to craft along with
If you’re keen to sign up, just click here – there’s a 7 day free trial offer on at the moment so don’t miss out.
Do you have a favourite crochet book? Or a favourite crocheter I might not have heard of? Link to them in the comments!