20 Of The Best Crochet Books For Instruction and Inspiration

Every crocheter deserves a few beautiful books to inspire and instruct them as they grow in the craft.

In this article, we will look at our 20 favorite crochet books.

Crochet Pattern Books


Every crocheter needs a good book of patterns – or a good five or six books of patterns!

Modern Crochet: Patterns and Designs for the Minimalist Maker by DeBrosse

This book is full of modern and simple crochet patterns that are beginner-friendly and elegant.

While most crocheters rave about this book’s clean, streamlined aesthetic, a few complained that the font was too small to be comfortable to read.

This book is equal parts pattern book and a coffee table book. It features high-end finishes, like a fabric spine and high-quality pictures.

Even if you never make a single pattern from this book, it will beautifully grace your home as a testament to your craft. 


Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet by Lauren Epsy

This fun and creative book features 30 darling little patterns that are a delight to make.

The book is divided into sections like “In the Garden” and “At the Aquarium” so you can quickly find what you want to make.

This book is a wealth of delight and worth the purchase, featuring everything from food amigurumi to plants to animals!


200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments & Trims by Claire Crompton

With over 200 stitches, embellishments, and flowers, this crochet pattern book has everything you need to create the most beautiful blossoms and motifs.

This pattern book is full of quick little projects that will delight you as you work through this beautifully illustrated compilation. 


3D Granny Squares: 100 Crochet Patterns for Pop-Up Granny Squares  by Caitie Moore, Sharna Moore, Celine Semaan

This entertaining book of crochet patterns is perfect for making your custom projects.

Pick your favorite squares and make a blanket that is meaningful to you. Or work your way through the 100 fun patterns, grow your skills, and make one giant blanket of random happiness.

These patterns are easy to follow, quick to work up, and pure fun!


Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

Judith Durant had compiled not one but an entire series of One-Skein Wonders pattern books.

Each book features small, quick projects in various styles – with the condition that each one can be made with a single skein of yarn.

These patterns are great for those working on a budget or for crocheters looking to “stash bust” and use up a lot of single skeins. 


Modern Crochet Sweaters: 20 Chic Designs for Everyday Wear

Janine Myska has designed a collection of size-inclusive garment patterns perfect for beginners to advanced crocheters.

These elegant designs compliment any wardrobe, making them the perfect addition to any me-made closet. The patterns are clearly written and illustrated, making each one easy to follow. 


Stitch Dictionaries


Every crocheter ought to have a decent collection of stitch dictionaries! They are fantastic for growing your knowledge of the craft and learning to design your own patterns. 

Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways by Dora Ohrenstein

This particular stitch dictionary is my top choice. This book includes 125 different stitches, but it also contains instructions on manipulating the shape you make by increasing on the ends or in the middle of each stitch.

The author also includes clear instructions on duplicating her technique with stitches that she doesn’t have in this book. It is a must-have for any pattern designer. 


CrochetKim Tunisian Stitches Ebook 

stitches book cover

Our comprehensive book of Tunisian Crochet stitches contains 53 different Tunisian stitches. The book also includes charts (learn to read charts here), video tutorials, and more to help you master each stitch and technique. 

Available now with 50% OFF!


Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos

This extensive stitch dictionary compiled by Sarah Hazell contains all the information you need to master a massive variety of stitches.

While I consider many of these stitches to be basics of the craft, a dictionary like this is essential for any crocheter who wants to learn and expand their knowledge of crocheting. 


Beginners Crochet Books


Are you just starting with crocheting, struggling to get the hang of it, or wanting to encourage a new crocheter? These books are for you!

Crochet (Idiot’s Guides)

This beginner book of crochet techniques compiled by June Gilbank is one of the top-rated sources for learning crochet basics. Her well-organized instructions, clear illustrations, and 15+ fun beginner projects provide the perfect motivation and learning resource. 


Crochet Techniques & Tips

This fantastic resource will take you from beginner to expert with well-illustrated tips and techniques to improve your crocheting. The spiral-bound cover helps the books to lay flat while you practice the techniques so you can easily reference the photos as needed. 


Amigurumi Crochet Patterns for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

Get started with the adorable art of amigurumi – crocheting little stuffed animals! This easy-to-follow book features cute patterns, excellent illustrations, and all the information you need to dive into amigurumi. 


Crochet Technique Books

Learn and grow in your craft as a crocheter with these books that help develop different techniques. 

Crochet Colorwork Made Easy: Simple Techniques to Create Multicolor Sweaters, Accessories and Home Decor By Claire Goodall

This comprehensive instructional book includes detailed information about working gorgeous colorful projects. With beautiful photos and patterns, this well-written book has all the information you need to grow your colorwork skills. 


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

This detailed book teaches you the technique of working corner to corner to make beautiful graphed patterns. This book also includes 5 different graphed patterns for cute lap throws.

Not only will you get 5 patterns in this book, but you will also learn how to turn any pixelated graph pictures into a corner to corner crochet pattern.


The Crochet Answer Book, 2nd Edition: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face

Edie Eckman answers all your most pressing questions in this multi-use book. Packed with detailed information from how to crochet left-handed to how to crochet the cable stitch, this book is a must-have for any crocheter who is seeking to understand further the skills and techniques used in crocheting. 


Go buy a book and crochet some happiness!

With such a wide variety of books available, we struggled to narrow our focus to these few. These books have excellent information, clear photos, and easy-to-understand instructions.

Whether you are looking to learn Tunisian Crochet or expand your knowledge of crocheting, you can find the perfect book here!

Also see our roundup of the best crochet Youtube channels.