Crochet is a versatile, sculptural yarn craft that can become quite addictive! You can make everything from couch throws and household items to clothing and soft toys. These can be made in a number of styles using many different crochet techniques. The craft has gained enormous popularity in the last few years and the array of books is dazzling, as is the choice of yarns and colours. As you practice your crochet it is quite easy to then begin to create your own patterns, and let your creativity lead you.
One of the techniques that have helped the growth of crochet’s popularity is the Japanese style of Amigurumi. It is a little tricky to pronounce but it means ‘crocheted stuffed doll/‘toy’. Anything you can imagine, accomplished makers of Amigurumi can make a cute, cuddle version of!
You may need a little guidance to learn crochet basics, and later you may need a little inspiration in choosing something new to make. If you want to have a go we have sought out 10 books we think you will like.
1. Betty Barnden’s Handbook of Crochet Stitches
A ‘must’ for beginners, this book teaches 200 different stitches, has easy symbols to follow and has sound advice on yarn and materials.
2. The DK Crochet Step-by-Step Guide
A photographic step-by-step guide, starting from the basics and offering a range of 80 projects, from traditional to modern.
3. 500 Crochet Blocks by Hannah Elgie and Kath Webber
The crochet block is a cornerstone of the art of crochet. This book has many variations of this feature and its designs range from beginners’ projects to advanced crochet designs.
4. Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench
An inexpensive and enchanting book of projects that are a twist on the traditional country cottage style we associate with crochet. 35 pretty, textured objects for your home or to give away as presents.
5. Granny Squares by Stephanie Gohr, Melanie Sturm & Barbara
This handy little book shows the underrated Granny Square in a new light. It offers 25 different interpretations on the humble block, showing how it can be used to make bags, gifts or throws.
6. Zoomigurumi: 15 Cute Amigurumi Patterns by 12 Great Designers
Amigurumipatterns.net is one of the best loved craft websites. In this little volume they have hand-picked 15 of their most appealing animal designs, among them a fox, a donkey, a toucan and even a lemur!
7. Crocheted Wild Animals by Vanessa Mooncie
Illustrator and designer Vanessa Mooncie presents 14 charming wild animal toys, among them a giraffe, an elephant and a frog. Reviewers rate this book very highly for clear instructions, though the projects may me a little beyond beginners.
8. The Crochet Bible, by Sue Whiting
With over 30 projects, this thorough compendium of crochet will guide and inspire. This book is big on inspiration, giving alternatives and advice on shape, texture and colour, and guidance on incorporating beads. Projects range from wearable items to things for the home.
9. Boho Crochet by Marinke Slump
A joyful, folksy feel, if you were to make a collection of home projects you would certainly create a distinctive look, complementing both a traditional interior or softening the clean lines of a modern home. Over 30 imaginative and bold projects for the home and to wear.
10. Amigurumi Animals: 21 Cute Crochet Patterns By Susan Yeates
Our own Susan Yeates of Magenta Sky has created a very special book of Amigurumi animal crochet designs. Easy to follow and rewarding , the toys that result from this volume are sure to enchant and delight. Whether you intend to gift them or keep them for show, you will not be disappointed with these little characters!