We had so much fun putting together our favorite knitting books of 2011 we decided to let you in on our top 11 crochet books from 2011 as well! They include everything from seamless crochet patterns, to vintage motifs and a book especially for Jane Austen fans.
2011 gave us some great crochet books, more than we can fit on this list. But here are some of our favorites.
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11. 75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet
by Lesley Stanfield
Expand your knit and crochet repertoire with this menagerie of miniature bugs and beasts: from creepy crawlies and weird wrigglers to beautiful butterflies and splendid metallic-thread dragonflies. Use them to decorate clothes and accessories, give them as gifts—or use to decorate your gift wrap and greeting cards. You’ll also find a mixture of fun and fabulous ideas for using the creatures in a range of styles and settings: children’s designs, quirky homewares, and elegant fashion and accessories.
10. Cute & Easy Crochet: Learn to Crochet With These 35 Adorable Projects
by Nicki Trench
Learn how to crochet and create 35 adorable projects at the same time. Crochet Know-how explains all the stitches with clear step-by-step artworks and instructions. First is Starting Out, where you will find a simple springtime throw and a pretty hat for a toddler— you’ll be amazed how easy and quick the projects are to create. Once you’ve mastered these, move on to something more challenging in the Practice Makes Perfect chapter. There are cute gifts for babies and young children, including baby blocks, bibs, and blankets, or treat yourself to a pair of gloves in soft double knit yarn or the chunky seashells scarf to keep you warm on chilly mornings. Finally, Confident Crocheting has more advanced patterns, from a family of adorable Russian dolls to the cherub dress with decorative picot stitching.
9. The Best of Interweave Crochet: A Collection of Our Favorite Designs
by Marcy Smith
The Best of Interweave Crochet presents the very best patterns by top designers from the magazine since its inception. From Kathy Merrick’s color-rich Babette’s Blanket to Kristin Omdahl’s shapely Infinity Shawl to Lily Chin’s flattering Lace Dress, you won’t want to wait to get started on these popular projects and more!
8. Little Crochet: Modern Designs for Babies and Toddlers
by Linda Permann
The adorable designs in Little Crochet are worked in a range of washable fibers and vibrant hues that babies and toddlers are sure to love. Make tiny sweaters, dresses, pants, and accessories while exploring a range of construction techniques, including top-down cardigans, side-to-side sweater vests, motif-based yokes, and traditional seaming. Beautiful blankets, sweaters, soft toys, bibs, booties, and hats employ simple stitches that are sure to steal the show at baby showers. Whether you have a couple of hours or a couple of weeks till the baby’s due date—you’ll find the perfect project in this book!
7. The Granny Square Book
by Margaret Hubert
Explore and expand your granny square skills with 75 granny square motifs!
Granny squares are to crochet what pieced squares are to quilting. They originated with pioneer women using up precious scraps of yarn to make blankets for their families, and over the years, many recognized, named patterns have been handed down from one generation to the next. Margaret puts to colors and motifs in a way that makes granny squares surprisingly fun and modern!
6. Stitches in Time: 40 Vintage Crochet Patterns + Basic Stitch Instructions
by Kathy Burns-Millyard
This book is only available in an e-version. It is a collection of vintage crochet patterns and motifs. It is not your typical new release, but we think it is worthwhile to check out the styles and patterns of a simpler time.
5. Seamless Crochet: Techniques and Designs for Join-As-You-Go Motifs
by Kristin Omdahl
Learn a new method of crochet and never have to seam again!
With Seamless Crochet, innovative designer Kristin Omdahl has pioneered a new technique for crocheters of all skill levels to create motif-based patterns in one piece, eliminating seams and leaving only two ends to weave in. Kristin’s revolutionary modular construction allows one motif to flow into the next, creating secure joins and beautiful geometric patterning on the exterior round. Also includes a helpful instructional DVD.
4. Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet: Learn How with 13 Projects
by Sheryl Thies
An exciting look at an ancient art including 13 patterns to try your hand!
Be at the forefront of a stitching comeback! Tunisian crochet is a generations-old needlework technique that today’s crocheters–and knitters–are rediscovering. Also known as afghan stitch, this versatile technique is worked on a long needle with a crochet hook at one end.
3. Austentatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen
by Melissa Horozewski
Austentatious is the perfect mixture of Jane Austen and crafting!
The book features thirty-six original crochet projects inspired by Austen novels but fabulously brought up to date and wearable today. The designs focus on women’s wear, such as dresses, sweaters, cardigans, and capelets, but also encompass accessories such as handbags, scarfs, and pillowcases and clothing for children.
Introductions to each project include favorite bits of dialogue from the original novels.
2. Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)
by Robyn Chachula
Crochet Stitches gives crocheters quick visual access to a comprehensive collection of stitch combinations that enables them to create their own designs or modify existing patterns with ease.
This visual encyclopedia features step-by-step instructions for 300 gorgeous crochet stitch patterns, from basic stitches to cables, lace, textured stitches, mesh and filet crochet, fans and shells, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike stitches, colorwork, and more. Each pattern is accompanied by a full-color photo and a chart.
1.Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)
by Cecily Keim
This book is the perfect stepping off point for anyone who learns best visually!
The art of crocheting is timeless-and its popularity is evident in the surge of modern, sophisticated techniques like amigurumi and Tunisian crochet. So if you yearn for the skills to join this crafting revolution, this easy-to-follow guide is for you!
So what was your favorite crochet book of 2011? Did we miss something? What order would you put them in? Add it in the comments!