Gifts for Crafters: New Crochet Book Must-Haves

The craft world is so lucky to have so many new crochet books come out each year. (Knitting books, too, of course, but we have another post about those!) There are some terrific small publishers that focus entirely on crafts. Therefore, they do an awesome job of putting together creative, original, informative new crochet books filled with patterns, instructions, tips, and even life lessons. 2021’s new crochet books were no exception. Lots of terrific titles came out this year. Add them to your Christmas wish list, buy them as a gift for another crocheter, or bookmark them in case you get an Amazon gift card in your stocking this year.

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What’s In My Knit and Crochet Book Library?

Before we begin, are you curious about what my craft book library looks like? You can see it right here on Instagram. You can see that I love craft books. And if you’re looking for gifts for crafters, then I’d be willing to bet many of them would like books as well. After all, they inspire us, teach us, and also look pretty as shelf decor.

New Crochet Stitch Dictionaries for Your Home Library

It’s always good to add fresh new stitch dictionaries to your craft library. They keep you inspired and learning new things. A crochet book filled with stitch ideas can be the thing that sparks your next design! If you’re looking for gifts for crafters who design their own work, then I’d recommend this for sure. That said, crochet stitch dictionaries aren’t just for designers.

The New Crochet Stitch Dictionary

new crochet stitch dictionary

Subtitled: 440 Patterns for Textures, Shells, Bobbles, Lace, Cables, Chevrons, Edgings, Granny Squares, and More. Therefore if you’re in the need of a new stitch dictionary for crochet design or reference, this might be one you’d like to get.

Crochet Stitches Reference Book: A Compendium of Crochet Stitch Patterns Worked in Rows

Crochet Stitches Reference Book: A Compendium of Crochet Stitch Patterns Worked in Rows

According to the Amazon description: “Whether you have recently discovered crocheting, or whether you have wielded your hook for years, this book will become your go-to resource—either for stitch pattern ideas to try out, or for inspiration to create and come up with your own designs.” It includes charts as well as written instructions and photographs.

Amazing Japanese Crochet Stitches

Japanese Crochet Stitches Book

Let this book’s subtitle explain it to you: A Stitch Dictionary and Design Resource with 156 Stitches with 7 Practice Projects. Looks like an interesting one that probably differs from other crochet stitch dictionaries in your collection.

A Modern Guide to Textured Crochet: A Collection of Wonderfully Tactile Stitches

a modern guide to textured crochet

This looks like it will be a sort of stitch dictionary for all of the textured stitches. It will show you how to make things like clusters and bobbles and popcorn stitches.

New Books for Learning How to Crochet

Every year there are new crochet books for people who are interested in learning the craft. Even advanced crocheters may find that they enjoy the basic patterns in these books so don’t overlook them when doing this year’s shopping for your craft library.

Want to learn how to crochet? Check out the lessons in BiCrafty Bootcamp: Beginner Crochet Lessons.

Crochet Step by Step: Techniques, Stitches, and Patterns Made Easy

Crochet Step By Step Book by DK

Crochet for Beginners

new books for learning to crochet

This book’s subtitle is “The most complete Step By Step Guide to quick and easy crochet learning with illustrations including amazing crochet pattern ideas.”

Creative Crochet Projects: 12 Playful Projects for Beginners and Beyond

Creative Crochet Books by Stephanie Pokorny

This book is unique because it’s a “how to crochet” book but also a book of creative crochet patterns. Beginners will easily be able to learn how to crochet from this book. And then there’s such a unique range of different projects. On the one hand, there are a lot of things for little ones. For example, crochet foldable hot dogs and hamburgers for baby to play with on the kitchen mat that you also crochet. On the other hand, there are cute wearables for adults from a “make it in an hour” cowl to an adorably asymmetric wrap with an owl hood. Learn more about author Stephanie Pokorny here.

The Tunisian Crochet Handbook: A Beginner’s Guide

The Tunisian Crochet Handbook: A Beginner’s Guide

There are so many unique variations on crochet. For example, Tunisian crochet uses longer hooks to create completely different types of fabric from regular crochet. If you’re interested in learning this niche of the craft, here’s one of the new crochet books that can help you do so.

New Crochet Books for Shapes and Motifs

If you love making crochet projects using motifs then these are 2021’s new crochet books for you.

100 Micro Crochet Motifs: Patterns and charts for tiny crochet creations

Micro Crochet Motifs Book

Have you ever wanted to try teeny tiny micro crochet? The focus it requires can really get you in the zone with your crafting. And you end up with all kinds of adorable little makes. This book is a great place to start for small motifs.

Hello Hexie!

hello hexie crochet book by Sarah Shrimpton

The subtitle says it all: “20 easy crochet patterns from simple granny hexagons.” The crochet hexagon had a big trending moment a few years back. If you haven’t made anything use it in awhile then you’re going to get freshly inspired by this new book.

Block by Block Crochet: Quilt-inspired patchwork blocks to mix and match

Block by Block Crochet: Quilt-inspired patchwork blocks to mix and match

There are nearly forty different crochet blocks in this book. Unlike most blocks, these aren’t classic granny squares. Instead, they’re inspired by quilts. Therefore, even if you’ve made thousands of crochet squares in the past, you’ll probably find something new in this book.

The Block Collection: 150 inspiring stash-busting shapes to knit and crochet

Block Collection, The: 150 inspiring stash-busting shapes to knit and crochet

If you’re bicrafty then this is an especially good book for you. After all, it’s got crochet shapes to make but also has knit motifs.

100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet

100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet

Here’s another good book for bicrafty folks. This is actually an older, very popular, book. It’s just been re-released in celebration of its 15th anniversary. To give you an idea of how to use it, it’s subtitled, “A collection of beautiful blooms for embellishing clothes, accessories, cushions and throws.”

New Crochet Books for Garments and Accessories

Want to make things that you and others can wear? Then you aren’t looking for stitch dictionaries or how to crochet guides. Instead, you’re seeking crochet pattern books. Some crochet pattern books have just one niche – all sweaters for example. In contrast, many crochet pattern books have an array of both garments and accessories. If you’re looking for gift ideas for crafters, crochet pattern books with a wide selection of options can be a smart choice.

Build Your Skills Crochet Tops

Build Your Skills Crochet Tops

If you want to make crochet shirts, sweaters, and ponchos, then this might be a book that you’ll find helpful. It begins with very basic crochet tops that beginners can work with. Each section has progressively more challenging patterns for crochet tops. Learn more about author designer Salena Baca here.

Modern Crochet Sweaters: 20 Chic Designs for Everyday Wear

Modern Crochet Sweaters: 20 Chic Designs for Everyday Wear

Each of these twenty crochet sweater patterns comes sized XS to 5XL. There’s a lot of variety in style but each design is contemporary and flattering.

Crochet for Every Day: Gorgeous Patterns for Going Out or Staying In

Crochet for Every Day: Gorgeous Patterns for Going Out or Staying In

These days people really love the kind of cute casual clothes that are comfy for staying inside and yet chic enough to wear out to run errands or see friends. That’s what these crochet patterns are all about.

Crochet Animal Slippers

crochet animal slippers book

How cute are these?!?! There are animal slippers crochet patterns for everyone in the family. And there are a whopping 60 patterns in this book so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Love slippers? Here are ten free crochet slippers patterns.

New Home Decor Crochet Books

Want to dress up your home with new crochet items? These are the books for you.

Crocheted Animal Rugs

crocheted animal rugs book

Vanessa Mooncie is known for her unique twists on incorporating animal designs into her crochet. Last year she came out with a book entirely of crochet dog patterns. Additionally, she released a book titled, “Animal Heads: Trophies to Crochet.” In this book she’s applying her skills to making crochet animal rug patterns.

This is also a great type of book when you’re looking for gift ideas for crafters. Because, sure you can gift them the book itself, right? But you might also buy the book and make a unique item out of it. Any crafter will usually appreciate the kind of crafts that others do differently than them. So if you’re looking for gift ideas for crafters who primarily knit or make amigurumi, for example, then using the patterns in this book to make gifts is a smart choice.

Crochet Market Bags: 10 Fresh Fun Handbags & Totes

Crochet Market Bags: 10 Fresh Fun Handbags & Totes

Reusable market bags are good for the environment. They’re also fun to crochet. This should be a good book to check out.

Crochet market bags are great gifts for crafters and for other people as well. Here are ten free crochet market bag patterns.

New Crochet Books for Blankets for Home and Gifts

Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blankets

Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blankets

Kristi Simpson has come up with thirty original crochet baby blanket designs. They allow you to practice a wide range of different crochet stitches. Learn more about crochet book author Kristi Simpson here.

New Amigurumi Books and Crochet Toys

Are you a crafter who loves amigurumi? Or do you know someone who is? Here are the 2021 amigurumi books for animals, food, toys, and more:

Crochet Little Heroes

crochet little heroes books

Put your crochet skills to new use with these unique patterns for amigurumi versions of famous heroes. Amelia Earhart and Albert Einstein are listed in the description but on the cover it looks like we also see Frida Kahlo and Prince.

Crochet at Work: 20 Career Dolls to Make and Customize

Crochet at Work: 20 Career Dolls to Make and Customize

There are so many different careers for kids to aspire to. Dolls are a great way to introduce them to some of their options. This is one of the amigurumi books that has patterns that you can customize to any gender, race, etc. Then you can add outfits to represent twenty different job options.

The Complete Guide to Crochet Dolls and Animals: Amigurumi Techniques Made Easy

The Complete Guide to Crochet Dolls and Animals: Amigurumi Techniques Made Easy

The title of this one pretty much says it all. We’ll just add that the book includes 1500 images. Therefore, if you’re a visual learner, then this is probably one of the best amigurumi books out there.

Anyone Can Crochet Amigurumi Animals

new crochet books: Anyone Can Crochet Amigurumi Animals

Author Kristi Simpson has more than three dozen books to her name. Check her out on Amazon. She’s done a lot of work with amigurumi books and books about stuffed animals. Therefore, she’s a great author to learn from. The subtitle of this book is “15 Adorable Crochet Patterns (Landauer) Beginner-Friendly Projects – Unicorn, Bumblebee, Hippo, Hedgehog, Llama, Penguin, and More, with Easy How-To and Photos.”

Dress-Up Amigurumi: Make 4 Huggable Characters with 25 Outfits 

Dress-Up Amigurumi: Make 4 Huggable Characters with 25 Outfits

This is a really cute idea. You’ll find patterns for four different amigurumi animals. Then you’ll find patterns for twenty five different crochet outfits that they can wear. If you make every pattern in the book, you’ll create a wonderful toy set for a child to adore.

Crochet Cuties

crochet cuties doll pattern book

Subtitled: Patterns for 24 dolls and 60 clothes and accessories. That’s right – you don’t just get crochet doll patterns. Additionally, you get the patterns to make clothes and accessories for those dolls. I bet we could make some cute gifts using this crochet book.

Amigurumi Crochet: Farm and Forest Animals

amigurumi crochet farm animals and forest animals

This author has done some great collections of amigurumi crochet animal patterns in the past. This newest of her amigurumi books, featuring a combination of farm animals and forest animals, looks like it will be pretty cute, too. Kristen Rask is another good author to check out on Amazon.

Pokemon Crochet

Pokemon crochet book by Sabrina Somers

If you love Pokemon – or have someone in your life who does – then you’ll want to make all 20 of the Pokemon crochet patterns in this new book. This is one of the most popular Amazon crafter books this year.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Crochet Kit

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Crochet Kit

Star Wars fans will find all that they need to make their own crochet Mandalorian and Grogu with this Thunder Bay Press crochet kit.

Crochet Your Own Kawaii Animal Cuties

Crochet Your Own Kawaii Animal Cuties

This is a crochet kit. It comes with the crochet book that has twelve Kawaii patterns. There are three puppies: a pug, a corgi, and a shiba inu. Plus other animals like a raccoon, a fat cat, and otters holding hands. The kit also includes the materials to make two of the projects.

Nordic Crochet Toys

Nordic Crochet Toys book

Rather than small amigurumi, these are larger cuddly stuffed animal toys. It looks like the book includes a story that introduces each of the characters in turn. So if you make these creatures for a little one in your life then you might also share the story with them.

Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures

Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures

This crochet designer has a lot of adorable crochet books to choose from. Last year it was wild animals; this year it’s woodland creatures.

Construction Vehicles to Crochet

Construction Vehicles to Crochet

If you know a little one who loves construction trucks then you’ve simply got to make them some using crochet. This book is subtitled “A Dozen Chunky Trucks and Mechanical Marvels Straight from the Building Site.”

The Crochet Bakery

The Crochet Bakery book by Caroline Turner

If you love to crochet food, then you will definitely want to check out The Crochet Bakery. It has a variety of dessert and treats patterns, many of which are easy enough for beginners. You can use these to decorate a table for display. Alternatively, make them for a child in your life. In fact, one of the most unique things about The Crochet Bakery is that there’s a pattern for the baker of a dollhouse, so you can make the baker and all of her little cakes to gift to a young person.

And More New Crochet Books in 2021

There are a few new. crochet books that are so unique that they don’t quite fit into any of the categories above. And that’s awesome because they’re different from everything else. Check them out!

Crochet Hacking: Repair and Refashion Clothes with Crochet

crochet hacking - how to mend clothes with crochet

Wow! There are hundreds of books of crochet patterns out there in the world. But there are so few really unique “must get this” crochet books out there. This one is one of those. It’s all about how to take the clothes that you already own or that you get secondhand and then use crochet to mend them. It’s upcycling ethical fashion using your crochet skills. Awesome!

Colorful Crochet: 35 designs to bring the benefits of color into your life

Crochet color therapy book

I could have included this in the “home decor” section above because there are so many beautiful makes for the home. Additionally, there are garments and accessories so I could have added it to that section. But what’s really special about this book is that it’s all about color therapy. There are so many benefits of crochet and craft as therapy, and color is one aspect of that.

Here’s an excerpt from the book’s Amazon description:

“There is a chapter for each season, to reflect the colours of nature in spring, summer, fall, and winter, and then a chapter of “four seasons” designs, showing you how to mix shades from different times of the year. With notes on the color therapy benefits of different patterns, and suggestions for switching shades to suit your own preferences, you will soon be crocheting in full color.”

Kids’ Ultimate Craft Book: Bead, Crochet, Knot, Braid, Knit, Sew! – Playful Projects That Creative Kids Will Love to Make 

Will Love to Make 

This is more than just a crochet book. It’s a kids’ craft book that teaches the basics of crochet as well as so many other types of crafts. Therefore, this one is a terrific gift for kids!

Color Now, Crochet Later

crochet coloring book

Lost your crojo? Or simply need a different craft to entertain you for a bit? This yarn-inspired coloring book could be your perfect solution.

Yarn Tarot: For Crocheters, Knitters, Spinners, and Weavers 

Yarn Tarot: For Crocheters, Knitters, Spinners, and Weavers

If you’re looking for something different in terms of gift ideas for crafters, and you happen to enjoy tarot, then you might want to check out this new tarot set. Amazon describes it better than we can:

“Inspired by the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck, Yarn Tarot is for anyone who appreciates wool- and yarn-related crafts. Each suit has been translated into a different fiber craft: swords become knitting needles, wands become crochet hooks, pentacles become hand-weaving looms, and cups become drop spindles. With characters of various races, genders, body types, and ages, Yarn Tarot reflects the inclusive morals of the fiber arts community.”

If you’re interested in things like Tarot, or know someone who is, that you might also want to take a look at The Crocheting Witch: New Age Arts and Crafts.

Which of these 2021 new crochet books do you most want to add to your own craft library?

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