I don’t actually know how I survived without a decent crochet stitch dictionary! OK, I was probably fine, but I do know that having a few well-written, comprehensive stitch dictionaries in my crochet arsenal has helped me up my crochet game in a big way.
Having at least one good crochet stitch dictionary is pretty much essential for anyone who wants to design their own crochet patterns. But, even before I started to write and publish my own patterns, I often liked to tinker with patterns I was following, maybe tweaking a stitch here and there, adjusting the width and length of a piece – I just liked to do my own thing!
And while I love the endless supply of stitch tutorials, videos and blog posts available online, sometimes it is just easier to sit down and flip through a book, whether for instruction or inspiration.
My 3 favourite Crochet Books
Crochet Step by Step by Sally Harding
Perfect for: Beginners
My mum gave me this book a couple of years ago and it is ideal for beginners, or crocheters who have completed a couple of projects.
There is very detailed ‘crochet basics’ section at the start, covering all the core crochet stitches, yarn fibres and weights, hook types and sizes, how to read patterns – this book gives a super grounding in all things crochet related. As the name suggests, there are lots of step-by-step tutorials and photographs to get you stitching away like a pro.
Once you have mastered the basic techniques, there are a set of 20 patterns at the back of the book to let you practice your newly acquired skills.
Basic Crochet Stitches by Erika Knight
Perfect for: All skills levels
The sheer volume of stitches in this book ensure that it is one I keep going back to again and again.
It is a really solid reference library for both simple crochet stitches and more complex textures.
At the start of the book, there is a foundation section for complete beginners and the stitches progress from there. The glossary at the back is also very comprehensive.
Basic Crochet Stitches would make a great first crochet stitch dictionary.
Perfect for: Advanced Beginners and Experienced Crocheters
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters is my most recent acquisition and I cannot say enough good things about it.
The book is broken up into 6 sections – simple stitch patterns, shell stitch patterns, openwork patterns, colorwork, textures and edgings.
Some of the simpler patterns were familiar to me, but I was astounded by the beautiful selection of unique stitch patterns in the book.
Each stitch comes with crystal clear, written instructions as well as a chart, making Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters a really high quality resource for any crocheter.
There is some assumed knowledge in the book (although there is a short glossary at the back with the basic crochet stitches) so it may not be suited to a complete beginner. Having said that, if you are looking for something aspirational, then you will find it in this book!
Getting to use all of the gorgeous stitches will be a lifetime’s work I think!
My Crochet Wishlist
These two books are next on my list – if anyone has either of them I would love to hear your opinions!
Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary by Dora Ohrenstein
This book looks amazing.
While it’s pretty straightforward to follow a stitch pattern to create a square, it’s a whole other story if you have to incorporate increases and decreases, all at the same time as dealing with multiples and repeats.
I am really excited to see what this book delivers.
Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson
I have dabbled a bit in the world of Tunisian Crochet and I would love to expand my skillset even further.
I have purchased Michelle’s “Tunisian Sunset” blanket pattern and it’s very straightforward and easy to follow so I have high hopes for her book.
Thanks for reading and happy crocheting!