Patterns, Tips

Books to help you crack crochet

When we’ve been out and about at craft shows recently, we’ve found that lots of people want to learn to crochet or have crochet queries they need help with.

As much as we like helping you on our stands, we don’t think everyone who needs help will make it to a show we’re at so here are a few books we think you will find useful in cracking crochet.

Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet by Tracey Todhunter, Search Press

crochet guide ww

This new crochet guide is what a lot of new or occasional crocheters have been looking for. The chapters build up from the basics of learning each stitch through working in the round to more complex stitches and clever finishing techniques. Each chapter ends with some projects to help you practices the techniques covered and ideas for future projects.

It is clearly laid out with lots of photographs and clear explanations.

What makes the book such a good resource are the frequent “clinic” and “Five things” panels that address the common queries and problems familiar to any new crocheter including counting your stitches, too tight chains, how to turn and much more. Together with some fun patterns this is a book designed to help you enjoy crochet and inspire you to try more.

For £1 off and free P&P for Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet from the Search Press, click here and enter the promo codeSP8843 at checkout. And see below for a special giveaway.

Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, C&B Crafts 

ultimate crochet bible

An excellent resource for anyone wanting to develop their crochet skills, this book does exactly what is says on the cover – “A complete reference with step-by-step techniques”.

There is plenty of detail here on everything from yarn and hook choice to understanding crochet symbols. And, very handily, it includes both UK and US crochet terms – translating between the two stitch naming schemes is one of the big headaches new crocheters report.

A large section of the book is a stitch dictionary, with plenty of detail on how to do different stitches which will help readers understand patterns and design their own projects.

This is the sort of crafting book that will live on your shelves for years and can be referenced again and again.

200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans by Jan Eaton, David & Charles 

200 crochet blocks

One way to improve your crochet is to create a sample square blanket. An individual blanket square is a good way to test a new technique or stitch. So you could decide to on a yarn weight and hook size and work through all 200 patterns here to create a sampler blanket.

If you don’t feel like being that freestyle, there is lots of advice in the book about combining different square patterns and colours as well as a series of blanket designs.

Dipping into the book will also provide plenty of ideas for crochet projects and how different stitches and patterns work together.

We have two copies of  Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet by Tracey Todhunter to give away. Leave a comment below about what you plan to crochet to be included in the prize draw. We will pick the winners on 22 April.



10 thoughts on “Books to help you crack crochet”

  1. I do lots of knitting but have never really mastered crochet. I’m planning on giving my granddaughter a doll’s bed for her 2nd birthday and would love to try and crochet a blanket for the bed. I really need some good clear instructions to get me started and this book sounds perfect! I have 6 grandchildren so plenty of opportunities to use a new skill!


  2. I am making lots of baby items atm, I use crochet and knitting to help me get through the pain I’m going through with dislocatin legs and being bedridden. Its been a life saver literally and gets me through the agony I love to see the smiles on people’s faces when I gift them a lovely piece of Crochet it makes it so worth while.


  3. I’m fairly new to crochet, only learned about a year and a half ago but love it, I can manage simple scarves and ‘granny square’ type baby blankets but would love to learn more stitches and techniques so I was able to make other items 🙂


  4. I love knitting, and did once learn the basics of crochet, but struggled to remember the stitches I think it might be easier now I’ve mastered knitting, but leaving a craft I do well for a new one is a hard step to take! Still, I see so many fabulous crochet toys out there, now that my friends are having babies, this would be a useful skill to have, plus I could combine the two crafts too!


  5. Last year I attended a Women’s Weekly Learn to Crochet day at their office in London, it all seemed so easy with an instructor there, alas when I returned home and tried to master crochet it wasn’t quite as I remembered. I am a knitter and fell back into knitting but this year I am determined to master the art of crochet and am joining a monthly U3a group starting May 2016 so a book of instruction would be extremely handy 😉 xx


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