Top 10 Best Crochet Books to Inspire You

The art of crochet has the capacity to transform your home, your wardrobe and your free time, with projects that are both creative and rewarding. Here's a list of 10 fantastic crochet books to inspire you, featuring advice on tools and techniques, as well as plenty of projects from classic creations to pixel-themed pieces!

1. Crochet


This colourful compendium is the go-to guide for all your crochet needs. It features over 80 crochet projects, from pretty flower blankets to baby bonnets and sumptuous scarves. With step-by-step instructions and fabulous photography covering basic stitches, you'll be developing your crochet confidence and producing wonderful pieces in no time.

2. Ruby & Custard's Crochet

Ruby & Custard

This easy-to-follow guide contains an assortment of patterns for adults, kids and babies from Ruby & Custard, one of the leading British crochet brands. Choose from over 30 stylish accessories, perfect for home or special occasions, including beanie hats, berets, gloves, scarves, mittens, soft toys, blankets and more. Once you've mastered the basic pattern, you'll be able to customise the designs yourself for even more amazing and original pieces!

3. Cute & Easy Crochet

Nicki Trench

Learn to crochet with Nicki Trench, a crochet teacher with over 20 years' experience. In this gorgeous book, she guides you from those initial stitches through to producing beautiful pieces, incorporating a number of crochet techniques. The chapters begin with the basics and increase in difficulty so you can become completely confident with crochet. Create toddlers' throws, blankets, a seashell scarf, Russian dolls and much more.

4. Star Wars Crochet

Lucy Collin

For something a bit different, this intergalactic kit will have you creating cute, crocheted Star Wars characters in no time! It contains all of the necessary materials to make Yoda and a Stormtrooper, as well as instructions for producing the likes of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and lovable droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. The guide features step-by-step instructions and the projects are all in the popular Japanese style of amigurumi.

5. Huggable Crochet

Christine Lucas

Tired of creating little items that can't truly be hugged? This is the book for you! Produce cuddle-sized crochet creations, perfect as gifts for children (or adults!). You'll find wonderful projects for creating big, adorable animals, from the farm to the jungle to the sea, catering for all imaginations. The book features useful illustrations and patterns for basic crochet skills and animal construction techniques.

6. Pixel Crochet

Hannah Meur

Discover contemporary crochet designs inspired by retro 8-bit pixels and create fun, quirky images out of crochet squares! Great for making awesome accessories and homewares, from a mix tape blanket to a pixel heart, these inventive designs will brighten up your home with funky patterns and vibrant colours. Each project is clearly presented with stunning photographs, and there's a chapter dedicated to mastering the basic techniques you'll need.

7. Loop: Vintage Crochet

Susan Cropper

Create a wonderful array of timeless fashion pieces, accessories, gifts and furnishings for home and garden, all specially commissioned from a variety of leading designers. Use an assortment of textural yarns, such as alpaca and cashmere, in earthy shades and vibrant colours. Employ a variety of stitches and techniques and apply embellishments like ribbons and pompoms with this brilliantly extensive book. Chapters include 'Boho Babes', 'Nostalgic Home' and Lazy Summers'.

8. Beastly Crochet

Brenda K. B. Anderson

This brilliantly unique book features a range of projects, all inspired by the author's fascination with scary-cute creatures! Brenda Anderson presents 23 accessories and toys starring furry monsters, carnivorous plants, killer robots and menacing tiki figures. Learn how to tackle sewing and applique techniques, including how to install zippers, and discover subtle tricks for achieving personality with The Principles of Cuteness.

9. Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet

Anna Wilkinson

This book provides 20 projects that will rejuvenate your wardrobe and teach you the fundamentals of crochet. Work through 10 Learn to Crochet projects, which guide you through the most basic crochet techniques, and then 10 Love to Crochet projects, which offer all the inspiration and know-how you need to master this amazing craft. Create beautiful pieces and improve your skills with this delightful book.

10. The Crochet Home

Emma Lamb

Talented crochet designer and blogger Emma Lamb brings her expertise and eye for style to this collection of exquisite crocheted homewares which you can create to transform your home. Whether you're new to crochet or an experienced stitcher, this book is sure to delight, with gorgeous colours, subtle but stunning designs, and lots of techniques, charts and patterns to help you with every project.

  • Cute & Easy Crochet - Paperback - 9781907563065 - Nicki Trench
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    Expert crafter Nicki Trench offers 35 easy-to-follow patterns that will teach you how to crochet in this very handy how-to guide.

    A crochet teacher with over 20 years' experience, Nicki has designed a series of patterns that will guide you through those initial stitches to producing beautiful projects incorporating a wide range of crochet techniques.

    With step-by-step artwork and instructions, the chapters - Starting Out; Practice Makes Perfect; Confident Crocheting - gradually increase in difficulty as you evolve your skills and the projects range from toddlers' throws and hats to baby bibs, and blankets and a chunky seashell scarf to Russian dolls.
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    Join author Brenda Anderson and her fascination with scary-cute creatures to crochet. In this collection Brenda presents 23 accessories and toys, featuring furry monsters, carnivorous plants, killer robots, and menacing tiki figures. While there are some literal monsters in the bunch--toys and amigurumi--discover a majority of projects that are wearable accessories and garments. Some projects, such as a robot-themed intarsia blanky, are aimed specifically at children, while many others are for adults and teens who want to have a little fun. Brenda shows how to tackle all the sewing and applique techniques required in her patterns, including how to install zippers, as well as subtle tricks for achieving personality in your critters in "The Principles of Cuteness." Beastly Crochet is a book that is as fun to read as it is to crochet from!
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    Granny squares to gorgeous garments - a mix of classic and modern crochet projects. Crochet is the go-to crochet compendium, with more than 80 crochet projects, from simple flower blankets to crocheted baby bonnets and chunky scarves. Crochet uses step-by-step techniques and photography to cover basic stitches, such as chain stitches and treble crochet, and includes helpful practice projects to build your confidence, before embarking on more adventurous and impressive crochet patterns. Beginner crocheters are clearly led through every stitch or if you are already familiar with knitting and other crafts you can pick up a great new skill quickly to create beautiful crochet projects, such as cute gifts, things to wear and items for the home. Crochet is the perfect guide for crocheters of all levels of ability.
  • Ruby and Custard's Crochet - Paperback - 9781785030550 - Ruby and Custard
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    This easy-to-follow craft book contains a selection of patterns for adults, children and babies from Ruby and Custard, one of the most highly respected British crochet brands.

    With over 30 stylish accessories to choose from, the problem you'll have is choosing where to start. Perfect for at home and on special occasions, among the projects you'll find ideas for beanie hats, berets, gloves, scarves, mittens, soft toys, blankets and much, much more.

    Once you've mastered the basic pattern, you'll be able to customise the designs yourself and create even more amazing projects. This book includes everything you need to know to master crochet!
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    This delightful book is the perfect guide to making huggable-sized, stuffed crochet animals, featuring a wide variety of creatures from the farm to the jungle and even the sea. Catering for all imaginations, "Huggable Crochet" shows you how to make each adoreable animal with its traditional colours and then as a vivid and vibrant alternative. Featuring illustrations and patterns for both basic crochet stitches and crochet animal construction techniques, this book makes it quick and easy to make the ideal cuddly for children of all ages.
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    Anna Wilkinson encouraged a new generation of crafters to take up knitting with her debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. Anna is now set to popularise the creative craft of crochet in the same way with the companion book, Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add 'wow' to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. While the ten Learn to Crochet projects guide you through the most basic crochet techniques, the ten Love to Crochet garments provide all the inspiration and know-how you need to really master this highly versatile craft. By making your way through the book you'll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments that include a Granny square sweater, a Daisy motif top and a Circular clutch bag. Throughout the book, Anna is on hand with a ready-reference of techniques and tips to guide you. So, if you have ever really wanted to learn to crochet but you have yet to find the right beginner's projects to tempt you, then Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet is the book for you.
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    A uniquely beautiful collection of crochet patterns to bring style and creativity to your home. This fantastic array of crochet designs take their inspiration from retro 8-bit pixels to create quirky images out of crochet squares that can then be used to make a range of accessories and homewares.Whether it is a mix tape blanket, a pixel heart cushion or a robot toy sack, no home will be complete without this innovative approach to crochet. Each project is presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions with a stunning photo of the finished crochet pattern. Scattered throughout the book are project ideas for inspiration. A comprehensive chapter is also included containing all of the basic techniques needed to be able to complete the projects.
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    Transform your home with this collection of beautiful crocheted homewares by talented crochet designer and blogger Emma Lamb. Choose from 20 different projects to prettify your home such as gorgeous flower garlands, vintage inspired blankets and throws, and delightful doilies and cushions. Talented designer Emma Lamb brings her unique style and eye for design to this stunning collection of contemporary crochet projects. Whether you are new to crochet or an experienced stitcher looking for wonderful new project ideas, this book is sure to appeal. Emma's technique for combining colours and subtle but stunning designs makes these projects stand out from other crochet titles. Includes techniques and crochet charts as well crochet patterns.
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    Are you a craft fan who also loves Star Wars? Well, get ready to power up your crochet hook and make some amazing Star Wars characters with this out-of-this-world set.

    With all the materials (five colours of yarn, a crochet hook, stuffing, eye beads and a yarn needle) you need to make Yoda and a Stormtrooper included, the book also has instructions for making the likes of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the lovable droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.

    Perfect for creative Jedi, the book has step-by-step instructions and the finished projects can be played with or displayed for all to see. Every character has been inspired by the popular Japanese style of amigurumi.
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    Loop: Vintage Crochet contains a gorgeous collection of timeless fashion pieces, modern accessories, classic and quirky gifts, and modern-retro furnishings for the home and garden, all specially commissioned by Loop's founder, Susan Cropper, from a variety of leading international crochet designers. Using an array of sumptuous, textural yarns -such as alpaca, silk, cotton, mohair and cashmere- in subtle, earthy and vibrant colours, such as dirty pinks and blues, shades of cream, earthy brown, leafy green and burnt orange, these nostalgic designs will let you indulge your inner hippie-chick while creating future heirlooms to treasure. The projects feature a variety of different stitches and techniques -some quick and easy, and others requiring more time and skill. Each pattern comes with yarn specifications and suggestions for embellishments using buttons, ribbons and pompoms. They are divided into four chapters: 'Boho Babes' -beautiful clothes and accessories with a hippie-ish vibe; 'Nostalgic Home' -modern-retro home furnishings; 'Lazy Summers' -pretty items for outdoor living; and 'Gorgeous Gifts' -perfect presents to give away or to keep for yourself. Loop: Vintage Crochet bursts with enough originality and inspiring ideas to get even the most un-crafty of people running for their knitting needles.