Anyone can learn to knit or crochet! Books for beginners and experts

By Carolyn Davis, Senior Page, Central Library

Jonah Larsen is an 11 year old crochet wonder who lives in La Crosse, WI. When he was just five, he picked up a crochet hook, went to YouTube for a tutorial, and made a tea towel in an hour. The rest is history. His fingers are very quick and he doesn’t even look at his hands! He has his own business called Jonah’s Hands with 191,000 followers on Instagram. After an item went viral, it received over 2,500 orders! Jonah also donates items and money to the orphanage he came from in Ethiopia – the same orphanage from which he was adopted as a baby.

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Complete crochet course from Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s “Full Crochet Course”

This book will help you become familiar with all of the tools you will need to start crocheting. Beginners can start with ten basic patterns and acquire new skills at the same time. Not only is it suitable for beginners, however; this book provides techniques and stitches for advanced crocheting as well.

Vogue knitting

Vogue Knitting by the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

“Vogue Knitting” by the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine

An up-to-date reference on knitting with an extensive library of stitches. It contains chapters on finishing, caring for your clothes, new techniques and many projects such as gloves, socks, scarves and more.

60 quick knitting instructions for beginners

60 Quick Knits for Beginners from the editors of Sixth & Spring Books

“60 Quick Knits for Beginners” from the editors of Sixth & Spring Books

If this is your first time knitting this is a great book to read. There are many patterns to work on and different techniques to learn. Illustrated with step-by-step instructions, it makes the knitting process easy to understand. This is useful for novice knitters and has enough ideas for those with more experience. Make items like baby clothes, frocks, and scarves.

Mini knitted yard

Mini Knitting Farmyard by Sachiyo Ishii

“Mini Knitted Farmyard” by Sachiyo Ishii

There are 40+ cute patterns for knitters of all levels. You can make farm animals like pigs, cows, donkeys, chickens, and more. You can also learn to build a barn, hut, farmers, and fields. Many of these patterns require very little yarn. Stuffing and sewing techniques are included with step-by-step instructions and a template sheet at the end of the book.

Easy crochet

Easy crochet by Erika Knight

“Easy crochet” by Erika Knight

The author shows beginners how to do beautiful projects and learn new techniques. All 20 projects show you the stitches and techniques you need, as well as some tricks. Make scarves and hats to practice simple sewing, then learn how to double and triple crochet to make purses, bags, or laptop bags. You will also learn very fine seams to make antique style pillows and heirloom scarves. Get in and try free-form crochet!

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