A few days ago, I was rearranging my bookshelf I realized that I have a pretty decent crochet book collection that I’ve collected throughout the years. I’ve been crocheting since I was in my early teens and back then there weren’t as many crochet patterns online so I had to turn to books for patterns. I don’t buy as many crochet books now because a lot of patterns are available for free (like mine) but every now and then a new crochet book comes out that catches my eyes that I just have to get my hands on and they’re very inspirational! It’s one of my goals to have my own crochet pattern book one day.
If you are new to crochet or want to learn how to crochet I would recommend you buy at least a few books because they really helped me improve my crochet skills. Plus, I learned how to read different types of instructions such as crochet charts and written patterns (everybody writes patterns differently). I also learned how to make my own crochet patterns thanks to these books.
Here is a quick glance at my crochet book stash. Pretty much all the books are about amigurumi or unconventional projects because that’s the type of crochet projects I’m most interested in. If you haven’t noticed I’m not really interested in making clothing, it’s just not my thing.
Amigurumi: San-X Crochet Patterns
This is my recent crochet book purchase. It contains tons of patterns from San-X such as Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, etc. I’ve only had this book for less than a week so I haven’t had time to crochet anything from it yet because I’ve been busy with other projects. I’m most excited to crochet Shappo, Sumikkogurashi, and the Tarepanda plushies! Do note that this book comes in chart form so make sure you know how to read crochet charts.
Hello Kitty Crochet
From the makers who brought you Hello Kitty Baking Book (which I also have) comes Hello Kitty Crochet! The book features tons of patterns from Sanrio such as My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Purin, and more! You can also unlock more Sanrio character patterns online with a special link inside. The book also gives you special techniques like how to color change neatly and secret stitches to help with your amigurumi. As a huge Sanrio fan, I had to buy this crochet book! I haven’t successfully finished making anything from this book yet but I have started the Hello Kitty plush and made her head. lol
Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies
Twinkie Chan was the one who inspired me to start crocheting so of course, I have all of her crochet books! Her first book contains 20 yummy treats you can make and wear. I’ve made many of the patterns in this book such as the candy button scarf, gingerbread scarf, cupcake hat, and carrot scarf. My only complaint about this book is that it has a couple errors which Twinkie addressed, you can find the corrections here.
Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode
Twinkie’s second pattern book includes 20 yummy crochet projects for your home. The only project that I’ve attempted in this book is the birthday cake toilet paper cozy but I never finished it. I’m super tempted to make the TV dinner cozy and banana split cushion though. What I like about both of Twinkie Chan’s crochet books is that she has a guide to help you with stitches so even if you are a beginner you can learn to crochet with these books be warned that some of the techniques can be difficult for complete newbies.
Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Amigurumi
Kyuuto Amigurumi was one of my first crochet books. I’ve made those bears on the covers and the piggies in this book. The patterns in this book are written really strange because they only provide the number of stitches you should have and when to increase and decrease without much-written instructions. Back when I got this book I was a beginner so I’m not sure how I was able to read this book, lol. I definitely wouldn’t recommend a new crocheter to buy this book.
Ami Ami Dogs
Ami Ami Dogs is another Japanese style crochet pattern books so there are charts but this book also provides photos of the pieces as you go which is very helpful. I remember making a dog from this book but I don’t remember what happened to it… They also have Ami Ami Dogs 2 and Ami Ami Kittens!
I actually won this book a couple years (fun fact: I’ve always had a slight fascination with the British). Stitch London is a knitting and crochet pattern book that contains 20 London inspired projects. I’ve only made the book cozy and bee mug hugger from this book. The book also shows you how to knit but not to crochet.
Crochet with One Sheepish Girl
One Sheepish Girl used to be one of my favorite crochet blogs, she doesn’t blog anymore. Crochet with One Sheepish Girl contains a lot of patterns for your home such as baskets, bags, coasters, etc. Included in the book is 24 crochet patterns and an easy to follow visual stitch guide. I’ve crocheted the teacup coasters and the crochet latte, which Lucy uses as a toy (you can see them here). The pictures in this book are stunning! I would recommend this book to those who want to learn how to crochet because of the recourses and the versatility of the projects.
My Crochet Doll
I bought My Crochet Doll because I wanted some inspiration and tips on how I can improve with my crochet dolls. The book features 50 cute crochet dolls, clothes, and accessories. The patterns are written so it easy to read. The author shares a lot of her doll techniques and advice which I found very helpful. The pictures are also really adorable!
Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful
Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful was one of my first crochet books. Back when I first started crocheting I was only interested in amigurumi and this book caught my eye because of the cover (I was 13-14 when I started crocheting). Like Ami Ami Dogs, this book comes in both written and chart form (For those wondering, I prefer written patterns). I’ve crocheted the elephants, water bottle cozy, and flower bag. This book brings back so many memories!
What’s your favorite crochet book?