Up Your Yarn Game with These Knitting Books & Crochet Books

Depending on whether knitting and crochet is your go-to hobby and you can stitch up a storm with very little guidance, or you're just exploring the idea of becoming a crocheter, we've brilliant knitting books and crochet books for every level of yarn spinner.

Get your needles ready because here's our definitive guide to the best books for beginners, intermediates and advanced:

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KNITTING

Beginner: Knitting Basics

Tracey Lord

Tracey has made life so easy for first-time knitters with this step-by-step book that will have you casting off and creating basic stitches in no time. There are simple illustrations throughout, so you can see exactly what you should be doing when learning how to read patterns, knit in the round, attempt a garter stitch or join pieces together.

There's also some great beginner knitting projects to get you going - from a textured throw to baby beanie hat.

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Intermediate: Knitting From the North

Hilary Grant

Once you've mastered the basics, there's a sense of satisfaction that comes with knitting your own clothes. The problem with many knitting books though, is that the clothes can look incredibly old fashioned and might not actually be that wearable. With Knitting from the North there are patterns for traditional garments that have been given a contemporary Nordic slant. From simple scarves and hats to more complex gloves and jumpers, your winter wardrobe will get a wooly makeover in no time.

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Advanced: Knit Your Own Farm

Sally Muir

When knitting has become second nature, you need a knitting book that'll push the boundaries and test your skills. This is why we've gone for Sally Muir's fun Knit Your Own Farm for the intermediate choice. Whilst confident knitters at any level could attempt these brilliant animal creations, we feel that some of the fiddlier elements take the patience of an advanced knitter. Plus, you'll finish the book with a menagerie of farm animals for the little people in your life to play with.

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CROCHET

Beginner: First Crochet

Lesley Stanfield

This crochet book is the absolute essential beginners guide to get your hands on. Why? Because it takes you through all the key skills a beginner to crochet needs to learn, with bright photographs to accompany each guide so you can see exactly what your hands should be doing and how to make each stitch. There's also 20 simple projects that will help you to build your confidence without getting frustrated and throwing in the towel.

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Intermediate: Modern Crochet Shawls and Wraps

Laura Strutt

This crochet book is the ideal next step in your crochet journey. Introducing intermediate stitches like puff stitch and triangle stitch, and with extra additions like tassels and ways to use up your yarn stash, this is a great book for those of you who need projects that are a little more demanding but still satisfying to make. Plus, as shawls and wraps are wearable throughout the chillier months, your makes will actually come in useful instead of languishing in a drawer, never to see the light of day.

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Advanced: Ruby and Custard's Crochet

Ruby and Custard

For the confident crocheters, the best crochet books give you patterns for creations you'll actually want to make, plus guidance on how to customise them. This is exactly why we've chosen Ruby and Custard's Crochet book. The patterns are contemporary and range from small and simple to larger and more complex, with endless ways to make them your own. Perfect if you're looking for inspiration to start your imagination off!

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If none of these books are quite right for you, we've over 500 more knitting and crochet titles to choose from.

  • 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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    A great book for first-time knitters, Knitting Basics provides step-by-step instructions that will help you become an expert with a needle and thread.

    Starting with casting on, garter stitch and casting off, this helpful knitting book has 20 workshops that will show you the different stitches and techniques you will need - as well as colour artworks to show how everything is done.

    As you progress, you'll also have the chance to learn how to read knitting patterns, how to join pieces and how to knit in the round. Among the projects you'll soon be creating are table runners, a child's jumper and textured throw.
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    From the first loop to the last seam, First Crochet is an essential beginner's guide to one of the most popular needlecrafts.

    It's full of comprehensive instructions and step-by-step photographs that start by showing the basics, from holding the crochet hook to weaving intricate patterns.

    There are over 20 gorgeous projects to make including stylish home accessories like cushions and a throw and beautiful gifts such as scarves, bags and baby items.
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    Filled with a collection of patterns for recreating herds of your favourite farmyard animals, Knit Your Own Farm has something for everyone - from cows, bulls and horses to cute chicks, lambs and piglets.

    Surprisingly easy to make, in only a few evenings you could create yourself a loveable animal companion - such as a llama, foal, donkey or bull, perhaps - and as an added bonus: these farmyard friends won't make any mess or take up too much room!

    Beautifully photographed and providing stitch-by-stitch instructions for creating all of the farm animals you could ever hope to meet, Knit Your Own Farm will make a wonderful treat for both the keen knitter and animal enthusiast.
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    Following on from Modern Granny Square Crochet and more, Laura Strutt reveals how a shawl, wrap or throw can liven up any wardrobe or home.

    From the comforting and cosy to the stylish and delicate, the book has 35 patterns for you to try out, from a simple, slip-on crochet wrap to a large, open-work shawl complete with tassels.

    Featuring everything from elegant shawls to capelets for chilly days, the book shows how you can use Granny hexagons and stars to make rectangular wraps and throws, while using triangle stitch and puff stitch to add texture and weight. It will even show you how to master the 'stash-buster' pattern and use up your leftover yarns.
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    Inspired by traditional knitting, Hilary Grant's patterns offer a more contemporary slant on Nordic designs and in Knitting from the North she shows you how to make a host of cosy hats, gloves, scarves and jumpers.

    There are 30 colourful hand-knitted projects (two stunning jumpers and various ideas for hats and mittens) featured in the book and they all have clean and simple shapes that ensure that pattern and colour are always at the forefront. Hilary share her inspiration for each pattern and even gives advice on choosing the right yarn.

    Every project follows a pattern with a mitten, hat and scarf variation - meaning you'll soon have a whole winter wardrobe full of accessories.