There are so many crochet books that inspire me. The list of projects I’ve compiled based on awesome projects from books and other sources is sure to keep me busy throughout this life, and well into the next life! I’ve compiled some of my favorite books, along with reviews, here.

Perhaps it’s tacky to start with books to which I’ve contributed…or perhaps not! At any rate, I’m an admittedly biased fan of Modern Crochet Mandalas, to which I contributed 20 patterns. Melinda Miller, Kerry Bogert, and Stephanie Fox are the other contributors, and they have outdone themselves when it comes to style, detail, and general awesomeness. Bias aside, Modern Crochet Mandalas includes 50+ mandala patterns, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to intermediate/advanced. The book includes written instructions, as well as charts. If you’re an absolute beginning crocheter, it’s perhaps not the best fit, as it doesn’t include information on basic stitches, but after you’ve got your crochet sea legs, there are more than enough patterns to keep you busy.

Another crochet mandala book that I’m a huge fan of is written by Haafner Linssen. Her mandala patterns vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate, and include 30 gorgeous patterns. Haafner is incredibly talented with regard to use of color, and stitch variation; her patterns have inspired many of my own.