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