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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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10 of The Best: Knit and Crochet Projects with Scheepjes Stone Washed

It’s no secret that Scheepjes Stone Washed is one of my favourite yarns to use.  Ask any of my blogger tribe and they’ll say the same.  It is amazing.  The colours are vibrant, the yarn itself is unique in its construction, and the end results: fabulous.

In honour of this beauty, I have a round up for you with 10 of the best knit and crochet projects using Stone Washed.  The patterns are all available by clicking on the images or headings.

Linen Stitch Manghan by Dedri Uys

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This is a design that shows just how diverse the Stone Washed yarn is and how wonderfully the colours work together.  You can get the yarn packs for this in Dedri’s shop*.

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh. Grab the yarn here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This is a design that I fell in love with at first glance.  I love everything about it, it just makes me feel happy.  Isn’t Christina a talented designer? The yarn for this one is available here*.

Cosy Colour Block Shawl by Sarah Knight

Cosy ColourBlock Shawl by Sarah Knight. Get the yarn here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Sarah’s Colourblock shawl is such a popular garter stitch design, and it’s easy to see why!  Stone Washed makes the best warm shawls, cosy is most definitely the best adjective here!  Pop over and get the yarn here*.

Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs

Peekaboo Button Wrap by Nerissa Muijs. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

This one is by me, it’s my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap, of which I’m enormously proud.  It’s an incredibly simple and flattering design that is easily customisable for your own body.  The yarn is available here*.

I Love Scraps Afghan by Mary Ann Frits

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This is one of those designs that Pinterest loves to show me – almost every day it’s being saved by people that I follow, and when it’s not being saved, it’s being recommended by Pinterest.  This heart stitch is one that I love, especially in this spectrum colourway from Marieke at The Breiboerderij.  There are yarn packs available in her lovely webshop.

Top by Scheepjes

Stone Washed Top by Scheepjes. Yarn from http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This one is to be found on the Scheepjes website directly.  It’s a lovely knit design and one to add to your WIP list for sure. Click here* to get the yarn.

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes

Green Agate Top by Annelies Baes. Yarn available here: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Here is proof that Stone Washed isn’t just for cosy blankets, shawls and wraps, it also makes beautiful delicate garments, as showcased here in Annelies’ gorgeous design.  You’ll only need up to 7 balls to complete this one, grab the yarn here*.

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert

Flower Square Kids Poncho by Maaike van Koert. Yarn available here: http://shrsl.com/?bw5o

This was one of the very first designs with Stone Washed when it was released a couple of years ago (how the time has flown by!) and it’s an enduring favourite. The instructions for the motif and the poncho construction are on the CreJJtion website and the yarn can be purchased here*

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump

Stone Washed Beach Bag by Marinke Slump. Yarn and pattern to be found on Deramores: http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

Although Marinke was so well known for her mandalas, this third loop HDC stitch was like her signature in my mind, and this lovely beach bag that she designed for Deramores is no exception. You can get the yarn and pattern from Deramores directly.

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel

Star Blanket by Atty van Norel. Yarn available at http://tidd.ly/1849b2b8

It’s just not possible to have a pattern round up for Scheepjes Stone Washed without sharing Atty’s Star Blanket.  Atty’s motifs are all so original and creative, she’s a true innovator!  The yarn is for sale here*.

10 beautiful knit and crochet designs using Scheepjes Stone Washed on missneriss.com #crochet

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Pinspiration – Local Love

You know how much I love social media.  Facebook was my first love (well, I did have brief fling with Myspace back in the day), and now we’ve evolved into an old married couple, comfortable and predictable.  Twitter and I had a brief but intense relationship until one day I realised it just wasn’t for me and walked away.  These days I’m in love with Instagram.  I love the photos by people I’ve never met and I love the way it has brought some wonderful talented photographers into my life.  And the yarn porn!  OMG, it’s an addiction.

But through it all is Pinterest. Pinterest is my Great Love.  And Pinterest loves me too.  Over the last year, it has driven more traffic to my website than all other social media combined.  Isn’t that mad?  And now the analytics have improved, it’s incredible to see how far the reach actually goes.

What I also love is that with Pinterest you can engage easily with beautiful images and projects from people all over the world; the concept of Six Degrees of Separation is alive and well on Pinterest.  Last week a friend told me about a project of mine that appeared on her Facebook feed via a friend that had pinned one of my images, all the way across the world in Melbourne!

But today, I want to share some Local Love.  Some designers that I’ve come across via the Internet, and since had the enormous pleasure of meeting in person.

Flower Stole by creJJtion

Flower Stole by creJJtion

I love everything that Maaike makes.  I love her style and I love her colour choices. I love her ethos and how her projects make me want to be a more conscious crocheter.

Win a Furls Yarn bowl on acreativebeing.com

Win a Furls Yarn bowl on acreativebeing.com

Wink is a blogger I discovered about a year ago via the tuts+ website.  I was looking to make a rug (which never eventuated), and she created a tutorial for one on the site.  I spent the rest of the day devouring her website.

Happy in Red's love affair with Istanbul's yarn district

Happy in Red’s love affair with Istanbul’s yarn district

Even though Esther is a crochet blogger, it wasn’t via crochet that I first came across her work – it was thanks to this bag that she designed.  I love it!

Haak Maar Raak's Vintage Ripple Blanket

Haak Maar Raak’s Vintage Ripple Blanket

I can’t get enough of this vintage ripple blanket.  Kirsten is a blogger that I only recently discovered while I was expanding my blog horizon into Dutch language blogs.  Both Kirsten and Esther write in Dutch and English, a feat I’m yet to attempt!

Canadutch's Lopi cardi

Canadutch’s Lopi cardi

You already know how much I love Tammy.  She knits as well as she crochets, and she’s just generally awesome.