10 Best Crocheting Book Reviews of 2022

Are you looking for a new crochet book, but don’t know what to buy? To help you decide, I have reviewed the 10 best crochet books I have on my shelf.

To read my review, simply click on one of the links in the table of contents. Or simply scroll down and read all 10 reviews.

I’ve learned so much from these books; they’re the ones I spend hours with. Crochet books are an important part of my crochet kit since you can learn so much more than when you’re using your computer.

The books on this list are all on my bookshelf! I have bought dozens of crochet books over the years; many, many more are not listed here.

If you browse crochet books online late at night, they look so great, but when the book arrives, the patterns aren’t what you expected.

The books below all passed my last crochet book cull by miles. I have had most of them for several years, and I return to them frequently.

In no particular order, I grabbed the first four first, as they’re my favorites. However, the rest of the list is in no particular order because I didn’t want to rank them, as I love them all differently.

Take your pick from the following!

10 Best Crocheting Book Reviews

1. Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

In my opinion, this is the best crochet book ever! I have had it for years and keep returning to it. The introductory chapters do require some understanding and techniques if you’re not an experienced crocheter, so you need to read them carefully. You’ll get a lot of fun out of the patterns in this gorgeous crochet book once you understand Linssen’s writing style.

This is one of my all-time favorite patterns, even though stitch counts are not provided at the end of every round. There are 30 patterns in total, and I love that they are all charted.

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2. Sophie’s Universe by Dedri Uys

Sophie’s Universe by Dedri Uys

It is a beautiful keepsake book and a pattern that many people, myself included, return to time and time again. The whole blanket pattern is available online for free.

The color and yarn options are endless, and each step is explained in detail with oodles of pictures. It can be made as a complete blanket, a cushion cover, or a mandala. The first part of the book is dedicated to explaining unusual stitches in minute detail, again with photographs.

My first blanket was incredibly challenging, but Dedri’s pattern writing style helped me learn complex stitches and gain an incredible amount of confidence thanks to Sophie.

With this book, Dedri makes beautiful, complex crochet accessible to everyone and this is a very worthwhile investment for your crochet library.

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3. Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of this talented designer. Crochet Borders was my first crochet book and is a fantastic teaching tool and reference.

The book includes 150 border designs that are all charted, as well as information about:

  • Working with knitted or crocheted fabrics
  • Creating border patterns without corners
  • Borders for fabrics made of woven and felted fibers can be crocheted
  • Charts and patterns for crochet

This book is a must-have if you like to make blankets.

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4. 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton

200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton

If you only buy one book about blankets made of squares, make it this one. The designs are easy to follow and the combinations are limitless, and I’ve made so many blankets with the squares in this book. The book was the beginning of my love affair with crochet squares, and it was the beginning of my own square design journey.

It includes a variety of different types of blocks, including round, row, lacy, smooth, and textured ones. It also includes detailed instructions for mixing and matching blocks and colors.

Honestly, I’d say the names aren’t very inspiring, especially when they refer to colors, such as ‘Chocolate Box’, which makes no sense when you use a rainbow color scheme! However, I think that is just a small price to pay for such an extensive collection of squares. A must-have crochet book for me!

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5. Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman

Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman

A spiral-bound hardback filled with colorful motifs and endless possibilities. Each chapter includes diagrams and instructions for each of the 144 motifs.

This mini-workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to use the motifs in true Edie Eckman style, as the introduction is comprehensive. There are several pages of colorful, interesting suggestions for how to use your motifs, as well as information on yarn, size, gauge, reading charts, starting and ending rounds, joining different kinds of motifs, and suggestions for edgings.

No matter what you want to crochet, from slippers to cards to blankets, this book will pique your interest and keep you coming back for more.

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6. Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

It’s a solid “how to” crochet book that instructs you in the basics with tons of color photos. It’s one of my first crochet books I’ve ever bought during my self-taught crochet journey.

In this book, you’ll find an extensive chapter on tools and techniques, followed by 58 complete patterns covering everything from kids’ toys to accessories to blankets.

The only bugbear I found was that there were a few pattern errors. However, the latest edition has corrected these, and the reviewers continue to rave.

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7. Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson

Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson

It is amazing how easy it is to learn Tunisian Simple Stitch from this book without resorting to YouTube once!

During the workshop, you learn about tools, reading charts, and holding the hook and yarn, followed by basic stitch anatomy and first stitches, and then you move on to stitches that are more complex. In addition to basic stitches, this book/workshop covers colourwork, shaping, joining, and working in the round.

  • Tassel Pouch
  • Entrelac Bag
  • Ribbed Cowl
  • Simple Scarf
  • Herringbone Cusion
  • Cherry Potholder
  • Geometric Wall Hanging
  • Chevron Cushion
  • Pineapple Cushion
  • Ombre Rug
  • Honeycombe Pouffe
  • Sampler Blanket

I made the potholder with ease, the very first time I held a Tunisian hook. The instructions are clear, the pictures are useful, and the projects are colorful and inspiring. My next project will be the Sampler Blanket, which is simply gorgeous. I haven’t purchased any other Tunisian crochet books yet, and I don’t plan on buying any more.

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8. Boho Crochet: 30 Hip and Happy Projects  

Boho Crochet: 30 Hip and Happy Projects

This crochet book does what it says on the cover! These cheerful projects will make you smile. I have made several and am especially fond of the mandalas.

As well as pillows, blankets, and stool covers for the home, there are accessories such as headbands, bobby pins, necklaces, and wrist cuffs. You’ll find vintage designs in contemporary colors by modern designers, including Carmen Heffernan of Annie Design Crochet.

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9. The Granny Square Book: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square by Margaret Hubert

The Granny Square Book

Taking the simple yet mighty granny square in multiple directions, this is a great book for both beginners and advanced crocheters alike. These designs are easy to follow with clear written instructions plus pictures, and you can mix and match colors and designs to create a wide array of looks.

A chart and written instructions are included in each of the 100 designs, which I particularly appreciate. It covers the basics as well, and there is a whole section dedicated to granny squares as well as 20 original patterns with instructions on joining, bordering, and finishing the squares from the book.

The book is an excellent addition to any square lover’s crochet library.

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10. Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step by Step Photos by Sarah Hazell

Crochet Stitch Dictionary

A stitch dictionary is a necessity in every crochet library, and this one does not disappoint. The introduction covers equipment and materials, basic crochet skills, stitches, and their variations, as well as how to work stitches together.

Stitches are divided into sections for ease of use:

  • Basic Stitches (40)
  • Fans and Shells (30)
  • Clusters, Puffs and Bobbles (30)
  • Spikes (14)
  • Relief Stitches (18)
  • Mesh, Filet and Trellis (26)
  • Crossed and Interlocking Stitches (15)
  • Waves and Chevrons (16)
  • Decorative Stitches (11)

This book describes each stitch in fabulous detail, including written instructions, charts, and photographs. I love it!

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