I really love crochet books. I'm not one for magazines and although I did buy a couple of copies of Simply Crochet magazine when it first came out, I haven't since. I much prefer looking through a craft book even to Pinterest and Ravelry, neither of which I go onto at all now.
I have quite a few crochet books...
...and I really never tire of looking through them!
Having said that I did buy a new one recently which I'm not entirely sure about yet...
It's called Easy Crochet Flowers. There are a lot of projects in it but not really many that I'm inspired to make. I think it's the colours and styling of the book that are just not really my style.
Anyway, I thought I would share my favourite crochet books with you. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a wee while will probably know that I really love the Cute & Easy Crochet books by Nicki Trench...
I have them all and just love them. I have made several things from each book but my favourite is definitely the first one which is just called Cute & Easy Crochet. It was the first crochet book I bought and in fact it was purchased before I had even ever picked up a crochet hook! It was this book which inspired me to learn to crochet...as soon as I saw it in a bookshop in Glasgow I knew I had to buy it and learn to crochet. It's the most beautiful book, the styling is gorgeous and the colours used so pretty, and in my opinion, every project in the book is perfect. I have made lots of things from it so far and I'm sure I'll make plenty more!
I'm currently making the Camellia blanket from Cute & Easy Crochet and I'm really enjoying it. It's such a nice pattern and the squares turn out so pretty.
I also really want to make the Summer Evening Shawl which looks challenging but is so beautiful. Maybe I will attempt it at some point this year if I'm feeling brave enough!
I have a couple of other firm favourites too...
Granny Squares by Susan Pinner is also lovely. Last year I made my Dotty Spotty blanket using a pattern from this book and there are lots more patterns I want to try too.
Another Nicki Trench book which I love is Easy Knitting & Crochet. I've also made a few things from this but I'm really keen to make the gorgeous ribbon slippers and pretty flower blanket.
When I'm looking for ideas for a new project I love to sit with a cuppa and just look through the books above, such a nice way to spend an hour or so!
What is your favourite crochet book? Or do you prefer magazines? I would love to know if there are any "must have" crochet books out there that I should add to my collection!