In Search of Crochet Books
In some of the articles on this website, I mention crochet books and patterns that have enriched my crochet journey. This is a summary with some of my favorites.
I’ll start the list with this book. How can you ever have enough stitches? I like the format of this book and the volume of interesting uses for the different stitches. Some of the graphs are small and hard to read, so keep a magnifying glass handy. This book is a solid addition to any crochet book collection and provides depth of resources for both the beginner and experienced crocheter.
You will already recognize this as one of my all-time favorites. The Complete Guide to Needlework book from Reader’s Digest has many needlework projects and directions for beginners. The crochet instructions are well organized with clear visuals to help with each stitch structure. The demonstrated projects are great classic pieces such as hats, Irish crochet, and filet crochet pieces.
This book offers 15 beautiful afghans featuring Vanna’s Choice yarn from Lion Brand. The designs are simple and straight-forward but demonstrate the coziness of having a repeating pattern in the earth tones of this yarn selection. If you are struggling with color pattern structures, this book is helpful. The back of the book has thirteen square samplers with a variety of stitches. Then, the wrap-up (no pun intended!) is a series of pattern layouts using the square for twelve unique completed afghans.
This book has 100 interesting projects for all skill levels. While some of the projects are not appealing to me personally, there are many that I have completed and will repeat again. The child’s backpack is functional and trendy, especially with a bit of decoration added to the top flap. The “Cute Combo” pattern is one that I look forward to trying. It is a shell blouse with the matching jacket, including ribbing stitches for edge finishing.
Are your fingers tired yet with all of that crocheting? Find a good armchair and settle in for some reading time. This is a heart-warming book about a family, farm life, and building a future in a tiny slice of the textile industry. In Giving Away the Farm: How Kindness, Critters, and Yarn Knit a Community Together, Cindy Telisak shares her entrepreneurial story, about a small farm in Texas, on the teetering edge of the Dallas metroplex. It’s a story of sharing and building a regional community of like-minded individuals while doing good.