My crochet library

I’ve built up a crochet reference collection over the past couple of years, and thought that some of you might be interested in what it contains.  Firstly,  if you like yarn and crochet (or knitting or weaving or spinning) you really ought to be on Ravelry.  It really is the most astounding website.   As well as being a terrific way to keep track of your own projects, you can queue projects, keep track of your stash, keep track of your library, favourite other people’s projects or patterns, participate in forums, access the myriad of free patterns available on the web, buy patterns, etc etc etc.  The list goes on!  One of the best things is the way that everyone’s projects, yarns and patterns are cross-referenced with one another.  Just marvellous in every way.

I subscribe to Interweave Crochet magazine.  It’s an American publication and I think it has the most fashion-forward crochet designs around.  Love it!  You can often buy single copies here in Australia at the newsagent.  I also subscribe to  Crochet Today!, another American publication.  It comes from a particular yarn company so only used their yarns, but has a good mix of projects.  Not as modern as Interweave Crochet in my opinion but the yarns used are often much more affordable.  That isn’t really an issue for me anyway since I always substitute yarns for those I can buy easily here in Australia.  I’ve also just bought a copy of Inside Crochet from the local newsagent.  It’s a UK publication, and I really like lots of the designs it contains.  I’m definitely planning on buying this one regularly.

Some of the crochet library by you.

So, onto the books!  These are mostly Amazon links but if you’re interested you could alternatively try The Book Depository or Fishpond or your local bookstore or library.  Actually, I usually use Booko to check where the best book prices are before I purchase.

In no particular order:

Not surprisingly, there are still plenty more crochet books on my wishlist.

What I like about my personal library is the mixture of technical and reference type books with fashionable patterns.  So far the ones I’ve used the most have primarily been the reference books, but I have quite a queue of garments that I want to make. 

My crochet library reflects the type of crochet I like to do – scarves, hats, bags, garments, blankets.  I don’t make toys, as cute as I think other people’s amigurumi can be.  I like the challenge of lace patterns and making things that my girls can wear.  I also like learning new techniques and ways to make my crochet look as professional as possible.  Good reference books are really worth purchasing.

Then there’s the vintage crochet pattern books and magazines, but that’s a whole other post!  As is the one about all the crochet blogs I read….

6 thoughts on “My crochet library

  1. I would love to purchase the book that includes Vintage Crochet #68 – is that from the book Vintage Crochet by Susan Cropper?

    Thanks!!!

    Sylvia

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  3. Just happened upon your blog – how fantastic! Can’t believe how similar your library is to my wish list… Thanks for putting me onto ‘Inside Crochet’ – I think I’ll have to download the issue with the hoodie from Yudu. I’ll follow you on Bloglovin and look forward to seeing more of your sewing and crochet. Thanks! PS – those swimsuits from Ottobre (different post) do look fabulous…

  4. I love that you included The Happy Hooker! Some of my favorite UFO’s have come from there. I actually picked up the 3 other Stitch’N’Bitch books, and am in the process of teaching my self to knit (Blasphemy! I know… I’m very disappointed with myself lol), just so I can make the projects from them

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