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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