I really enjoy crocheting, even if I don’t get around to it as much as I should. So today, in honor of Children’s Book Week, I have a collection of crochet patterns based on children’s books. One of my favorite toddler/child gifts is to give a book along with a crocheted plush that matches that book. As of me writing this post, all of the linked-to patterns are free! Yay!
Because I haven’t made most of these, there aren’t many pictures of the projects themselves. Click on each link to head to each site to check them out! The books each project is based on (or that I associated them with) is next to each link. Clicking on that will take you to Amazon via an affiliate link. Thing 1 and Thing 2 Crochet Hats by Repeat Crafter Me
I haven’t been doing very much of it lately (no need for scarves in Phoenix), but I enjoy crocheting. Here are five great crochet books. If you’re an expert or have never crocheted before, you’ll like at least one of these.
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Awesome Crochet Books
The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O’Connell
While my grandmother originally taught me to crochet, I forgot much of what she taught me, so this book is really what got me into the craft. They have great directions and projects for learning almost every stitch. I still keep it as a reference, and I’ve loved everything I’ve made from the book so far.
Crochet by DK
This is a beautiful book. Even non-crocheters have enjoyed browsing through it (I keep it as a coffee table book). There are so many projects in here that I’m looking forward to completing. It is also more or less an encyclopedia for everything crochet, so that’s awesome. Tasty Crochet by Rose Langlitz
This book has a ton of really cute foods you can make, from pop-tarts to ice cream cones to bacon. I made a bunch of them for my nephews’ kitchen set. The instructions are easy to follow. And did mention the food turns out really cute?
A couple of things I’ve made from this book!
A couple of foods I’ve made from this book. 🙂
100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Leslie Stanfield
It’s fun to make these flowers because they’re pretty quick and turn out quite beautiful. You can use these as appliques or in other applications. (There are 60 crochet patterns and 40 knit.)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank
This is also a great crochet reference book. It goes through how to make many different 3-D shapes, and how to use that to create any amigurumi of your choice. It also goes through many different options like how to do fur/hair, how to do eyes, etc.
Crochet Books I Want to Read
Super-Super Cute Crochet by Brigitte Read
I own this book but haven’t made anything from it yet. Every thing in this book is as described – super, super cute. Crobots by Nelly Pailloux
These crochet robots also look super cute and super creative. Supersize Crochet by Sarah Shrimpton
I haven’t yet ventured into the chunky crochet realm, but book looks like it would be a great way to get into it. Yummi ‘Gurumi by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala
Crocheting treats? Count me in! This book sounds like Tasty Crochet, but perhaps with slightly yummier options? Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode by Twinkie Chan
While not always practical, everything Twinkie Chan makes is adorable. This book focuses on crocheted foods to use around your house!
As I mentioned in last week’s post, for Christmas one year I crocheted a stuffed animal for each of my nephews. With each stuffed animal I also included the associated book. For my two-year-old nephew, I crocheted Lowly Worm! He was one of my favorite character’s from Richard Scarry’s books. (Fun fact: Patrick Pig is the first book I remember reading by myself.)
I used the pattern found here. It takes a G crochet hook and worsted weight yarn in black, white, red, green, blue, and brown. I didn’t make the hat for him, but the pattern does include instructions for one. This project is crocheted in the round and I think he turned out super cute!
Do you have a favorite crocheted book character? I’d love to learn about them!
Last year for Christmas I crocheted a book character for each of my nephews. I then gave them the character and the corresponding book. Below are pictures of the Very Hungry Caterpillar I crocheted, based on the one from Eric Carle’s book of the same name. I got the pattern for free on Ravely here.
To make this caterpillar you will need worsted wight yarn in green, yellow, red, and brown. I think all of my colors are Red Heart, but the green has lost its wrapper, so I’m not quite sure. 🙂 You’ll also need stuffing and a size F crochet needle. As well as scissors and a tapestry needle, of course.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I hope you enjoy seeing bookish crafts. 🙂