There are so many crochet books that inspire me. The list of projects I’ve compiled based on awesome projects from books and other sources is sure to keep me busy throughout this life, and well into the next life! I’ve compiled some of my favorite books, along with reviews, here.
my crochet books
Modern Crochet Mandalas
Perhaps it’s tacky to start with books to which I’ve contributed…or perhaps not! At any rate, I’m an admittedly biased fan of Modern Crochet Mandalas, to which I contributed 20 patterns. Melinda Miller, Kerry Bogert, and Stephanie Fox are the other contributors, and they have outdone themselves when it comes to style, detail, and general awesomeness. Bias aside, Modern Crochet Mandalas includes 50+ mandala patterns, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to intermediate/advanced. The book includes written instructions, as well as charts. If you’re an absolute beginning crocheter, it’s perhaps not the best fit, as it doesn’t include information on basic stitches, but after you’ve got your crochet sea legs, there are more than enough patterns to keep you busy.
Not yet published, but pre-listed on Amazon is my upcoming crochet book Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs. It is a compendium of motif patterns of all different shapes and sizes, and includes patterns for 5 projects made from motifs in the book. I’m super excited for its release near the end of this year! It will include written patterns and charts, and an introductory guide for choosing color in crochet projects.
Another crochet mandala book that I’m a huge fan of, Mandalas to Crochet: 30 Great Patterns, is written by Haafner Linssen. Her mandala patterns vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate, and include 30 gorgeous patterns. Haafner is incredibly talented with regard to use of color, and stitch variation; her patterns have inspired many of my own.
I’m relatively new to the world of Tunisian crochet, but have been helped inordinately in building my skills by Michelle Robinson’s book, Tunisian Crochet Workshop: The Complete Guide to Modern Tunisian Crochet – Techniques, Stitches and Patterns. Everything you need to know to get started with Tunisian crochet is available in this book – from the tools you need, to basic and advanced stitches and techniques – to gorgeous projects, all in one beautifully designed book.
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