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My Five Faves – Crochet Books

Today I want to talk to you about crochet books.  Books that are in my library, and I think should be in yours, in fact.

So, in no particular order, here are some books I love.

Five Favourite Crochet books including: Ultimate Crochet Bible, Sophie's Universe, Puur Haken, Colorful Crochet, and Zoomigurumi. See more at missneriss.com

Ultimate Crochet Bible

by Jane Crowfoot

The Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, available on the Book Depository with free global shipping: http://bit.ly/crochetbible

If you have no other books in your library, then this is the book you must have.  You’ll learn about the history of crochet, how to choose hooks and tools, fibres, yarn substitutions and how to read a pattern.  And this is all before you’ve seen a single stitch.

With sections on basics, motifs, lace, colour work, borders and much, much more, this is my single favourite resource when it comes to crochet.  You can see how much I’ve used it by all the pages I’ve marked!

The Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot, available on the Book Depository with free global shipping: http://bit.ly/crochetbible

I bought my copy from The Book Depository (in paperback here) which ships worldwide for free.

In The Netherlands it’s on bol.com and on sale right now!  It’s only in English though, but with extensive charts the language isn’t really very important.

Puur Haken

by Maaike van Koert

Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert available in Dutch from bol.com http://bit.ly/puurhaken

This was the first crochet book I bought that was written by a friend, and it’s still one of my most thumbed books, three years later.

It was Maaike’s mission to create a gorgeous book filled with patterns only using natural yarns and to suit all crochet skill levels.  The Bloemdeken (flower blanket) is designed with future generations in mind; to become a real heirloom.  And it’s beautiful.

My favourite project is the Zomersjaal (summer shawl), and judging by the instagram photos I’ve seen, I’m not the only one who loves it!  I’ve made a couple, one of which is a regular in my shawl rotation.  The other was a gift to my great aunt on her eightieth birthday.

Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert available in Dutch from bol.com http://bit.ly/puurhaken

Puur Haken is only available in Dutch, but for those of you who don’t speak or read Dutch it’s ok; there are extensive charts.  It’s available on bol.com  in the Netherlands.  Maaike has since published a couple of other books, one of which is in English – 9 Months to Crochet: Count down to the big day with crochet – which is full of fun baby projects.

Zoomigurumi

from amigurumipatterns.net

Zoomigurumi - 15 cute amigurumi designs, from Amigurumipatterns.net. Book available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/zoomigurumi

Zoomigurumi is the first in a series of amigurumi animal patterns (get it – zoo-migurumi?) compiled by Belgian publisher Joke Vermeiren, in collaboration with 12 renowned amigurumi designers, including my all time favourite, Josephine Wu.

I’ve made at least half of the projects in this book.  Usually I would make two or three designs from a book, but this one is filled with so many great designs, I had to keep making!  I love Roary the Tiger the most.  I also have books 2 and 3 in my collection.  I just keep forgetting to order the others!

Zoomigurumi - 15 cute amigurumi designs, from Amigurumipatterns.net. Book available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/zoomigurumi

Zoomigurumi (and its five follow-ups) can be found on The Book Depository with global shipping. In the Netherlands you can pick it up in Dutch and English (and French!) on bol.com.

Sophie’s Universe

by Dedri Uys

Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys, available at Wool Warehouse http://shrsl.com/ionz

It was only recently that I raved about the Sophie book, and for good reason. Everything about this book is beautiful.  From the photography, to the colour choices, to the notes pages, to the look into the community which surrounds Sophie.

The book will also work as a stitch bible, because there are so many new techniques and stitches, you will be a construction expert by the end.

Sophie's Universe CAL by Dedri Uys, available at Wool Warehouse http://shrsl.com/ionz

had planned on buying my copy from Wool Warehouse, until Dedri gifted it to me!  So now it’s even more special, I just love it.  In the Netherlands it’s also on bol.com (in English).

Colorful Crochet/Eindeloos Haken

by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Colorful Crochet, with more than 20 crochet projects, by Marianne Dekkers Roos. Available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/colorfulcrochet

This is another recent addition to my collection, and as Darryl Kerrigan would say: That’s going straight to the pool room.

What I think I love the most about this book is the use of colour. (It’s not called Colorful Crochet for nothing!)  Only Marianne – and my aunty Sally – could take fifteen different colours and make them all work together.  And I’m not talking pastels, or shades of one colour, I’m talking brown, orange lime green, blue, yellow, pink, red, purple, the list goes on!

Colorful Crochet, with more than 20 crochet projects, by Marianne Dekkers Roos. Available at the Book Depository with free global shipping http://bit.ly/colorfulcrochet

I’ve already made the Ribbed Tartan Cushion, and next on my list is the Geometric Triangle Blanket. I already have the yarn ready…

Again, The Book Depository and bol.com have you covered globally and in the Netherlands, and if you would rather the Dutch version Eindeloos Haken, it’s available at Echtstudio.nl.

So tell me, do you think I might have helped you discover some new gems?  I’d love you to tell me about your favourite books too – add them to the comments so I can go take a look for myself!

Five Favourite Crochet books including: Ultimate Crochet Bible, Sophie's Universe, Puur Haken, Colorful Crochet, and Zoomigurumi. See more at missneriss.com

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which, if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit, will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thanks so much!

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Book Review: Colorful Crochet by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

I’m just thrilled to be able to talk to you about this book by my friend Marianne! I’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the book to be released so that I could get my hands on a copy and finally I have!

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Marianne is a friend whom I met via Instagram.  I’m sure you already know her yourself, she’s insta famous with about 66K followers!  I can’t exactly remember how we “met”, but she’s one of those lovely people who’s actually become part of my offline.  We only live about 30 minutes apart, but of course we don’t see each other anywhere near as often as we should.

But, the book!  I love all of the projects in here.  They’re all exactly as advertised: colourful.  I’ve had a hard time choosing which to make first, but have settled on the Ribbed Tartan Cushion.

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

I love that this is fast (you know I love fast projects) and simple and so beautiful. The surface crochet is so effective and this cushion will look great on my couch in a few days when it’s finished.

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

This is my favourite picture in the book, everything about it is so Marianne.  This is in her little house on the canal in Amsterdam, it’s just so beautiful and that wallpaper!

Colorful Crochet, by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

Well, this is actually my favourite picture.  What’s not to love about that smile.  You just know there’s a lot of mischief going on there, right?

The book is filled with lovely projects for all skill levels.  If you’re a beginner, then this is definitely a great book for you.  There are projects to help you build your confidence, and then even more to challenge yourself to go to the next level and there are also more advanced projects for those of us who really want to have to concentrate.

There is also a Dutch and Turkish version of the book, so you can get hold of the language that suits you best.

Plus, at the back you’ll find a very useful section on some techniques that Marianne uses. Some really great instructions for ways to join motifs, make standing stitches, magic ring and more.

Overall, this book is a great all-rounder that you should add to your collection of crochet books.

If you’re in the Netherlands, you can order a copy from bol.com in English, or Echtstudio stocks it in Dutch (Eindeloos Haken).  Internationally the Book Depository has it available for pre-order, so get amongst it!

Incidentally, I’ll be giving away a copy of Colorful Crochet on my Instagram this week.  The giveaway will be open worldwide, and easy to enter.  So pop on over to take a look.

I wish Marianne all the success in the world with this book, I’m already anticipating the follow-up!

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit will earn me a small commission.  This helps me keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thank you!