Want to find bunches of different crochet stitches to use in your craft projects? If so, check out our list of best crochet stitch dictionaries. We highly recommend all the books on this list; they’re fantastic resources.

Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters

Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters, Published by Creative Publishing International / Quarto Books
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters, Published by Creative Publishing International / Quarto Books

Why this book is posted at the top of our list of best crochet stitch dictionaries:

  • This book includes crochet stitches ranging from the simplest possible basic crochet stitches on up through complex stitch patterns requiring more than 20 rows worth of instructions. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find stitches to interest and challenge you.
  • This book gives you the fast-track to understanding which crochet stitches are the most useful, desirable and wearable ones to work with. Respected needlework patten designer Melissa Leapman has put her nearly 30 years worth of industry experience to work, personally selecting every single crochet stitch pattern you’ll find in this book. She’s included her favorite, go-to stitches in this book — the ones she finds indispensable for her crochet design work.
  • International symbol crochet charts help you visualize each stitch pattern included in this book. You also get a large, detailed color photograph of each stitch plus clear written text instructions.
  • You’ll have a chance to learn how to crochet a diverse grouping of stitch patterns, including some which are Melissa Leapman’s original designs. You’ll find post stitches, cables, braids, textured stitches, v stitches, shells, lace stitches, colorwork patterns, edgings and more.

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Crochet Stitch Dictionary

Crochet Stitch Dictionary
Crochet Stitch Dictionary

Crochet Stitch Dictionary is a helpful reference that teaches you how to crochet 200 different stitches. It covers the basic crochet stitches plus bunches of others including spike stitches, shell stitches, puff stitches, bobbles, chevrons, mesh stitches, bead crochet stitches and more.


The book includes a fantastic introduction to crochet, which makes it an ideal instructional book for beginners. Experienced crocheters will also find plenty of reasons to want this book; it offers insights and instructions any crochet enthusiast would find useful.

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Triple Play Pattern Stitches

Triple Play Pattern Stitches Book
Triple Play Pattern Stitches Book

Triple Play Pattern Stitches is one of my favorite crochet books. I adore the pretty, colorful crochet stitch combinations found in this book.

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99 Crochet Post Stitches

99 Crochet Post Stitches: Shells, Lace Stitches, Cables + More
99 Crochet Post Stitches: Shells, Lace Stitches, Cables + More

If you’re interested in crocheting stitches that have lots of eye-catching texture, 99 Crochet Post Stitches is a book worth owning. It includes shell stitches, lace stitches, cable stitches and colorwork stitches that all include front and / or back post stitches as part of the design.

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So there you have it: Those are our picks for the best crochet stitch dictionaries. If you’re interested in designing your own crochet projects, those books offer you a variety of excellent crochet stitch patterns to choose from.

Related Resources: Knitting Stitch Dictionaries

  • The Alterknit Stitch Dictionary — Want to try colorwork knitting for the first time, or advance your colorwork knitting skills? Stranded colorwork knitting is the focus of this book. It’s a beginner’s guide PLUS a stitch dictionary PLUS a pattern book — giving you all the info you need to succeed with color knitting.
  • Dimensional Tuck Knitting — This is another combination knitting pattern book / technique book and stitch dictionary. The projects in this book are amazing.
  • The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible — This book includes advanced level knitting patterns for striking lace knitting patterns, cable knits and textured knitting patterns. You’ll also find patterns that combine crocheted bobbles with intricate lace and cable knitting for fascinating hybrid textiles. This book is an amazing value for the money — if you knit, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
  • The Big 3 Knitting Techniques — This is both a pattern book and a stitch dictionary. The book allows you to explore stitch patterns in 3 different knitting techniques: stranded color knitting, slip stitch knitting and surface texture knitting (relief stitches). In addition to the stitch patterns, you get wonderful patterns for a hat, mittens, two vests and a cardigan, all of which can be customized using the stitch patterns you’ll find in the book. This wonderful reference is sure to get your creativity flowing!

This page was last updated on 11/3/2018.

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