Want to crochet some new wardrobe pieces for yourself, a loved one or a close friend? Whether you want to make a new sweater, a shawl, some jewelry, a new hat, a scarf or some other sort of wearable project, this page will give you our suggestions for the best womenswear crochet pattern books. These books all offer you spectacular collections of appealing womenswear patterns that are stylish, wearable and beautiful. No matter what your “fashion personality” is like, these books offer you options that will work well into your own wardrobe.

1. Delicate Crochet

Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Silverman, published by Stackpole Books
Delicate Crochet pattern book by Sharon Silverman, published by Stackpole Books

By Sharon Hernes Silverman, Published by Stackpole Books

So far, Delicate Crochet is my all-time favorite collection of womenswear crochet patterns. The collection includes a diverse range of patterns by multiple designers including Sharon Hernes Silverman, Kristin Omdahl, Vashti Braha, Marty Miller, Robyn Chachula and others.

Patterns included in the book range from garments to accessories. There are tops, sweaters, scarves, shawls, wraps, a skirt, a pair of fingerless gloves and a necklace.

The cohesive theme that binds these diverse styles together: They’re all crocheted with yarns that are #3 or lighter on the Craft Yarn Council’s yarn weight system. This thematic approach was intentional, because it empowered the designers to create a collection of patterns that are all drapey, sophisticated and wearable.

The book also includes step-by-step photo tutorials and symbol crochet charts.

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2. Crochet Red

By Laura Zander, Published by Sixth&Spring Books

Crochet Red Pattern Book by Laura Zander
Crochet Red Pattern Book by Laura Zander

Crochet Red is another one of my favorite collections of womenswear crochet patterns. The collection includes patterns by numerous creative designers; the contributor list reads like the latest “who’s who” list of knit and crochet pattern designers.

This collection includes a diverse selection of different projects and styles — but the book makes a cohesive statement, thanks to the fact that every single one of the designs included is crocheted with red yarn.

Most, but not all, of the patterns in this collection are wearable womenswear pieces. This book gives you patterns for making home decor items, garments and accessories including sweaters, hats, scarves, cowls, bags, purses, blankets and more. There’s also a bonus pattern for a cute, lacy crocheted heart that I think is quite beautiful.

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3. The Crochet Closet

By Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts

The The Crochet Closet isn’t a brand new crochet book, but so far the styles featured in the book have stood the test of time. They are classic sweater designs that still look fantastic, even though several years have passed since this book was originally published. The book features everyday sweater, coat and cardigan patterns that you’d want to wear to work or out with friends. They’re versatile and practical designs that could go practically anywhere. I want to make just about every sweater in this book!

4. Crocheted Tanks and Tunics

By Sandi Rosner, Published by Stackpole Books

The focus of this book is entirely on women’s crocheted tank tops and tunics that work well for all seasons. In spring and summer, you can pair these cute tops with shorts, skirts or pants for a breezy look. In fall and winter, you can easily layer them under jackets, cardigans, sweaters or hoodies for a warmer experience.

In a sea of mediocre crochet pattern books, this one stands out for having AMAZING designs that are truly wearable, flattering and visually interesting. If you like to crochet womenswear, this is a book you are going to LOVE.

5. Vintage Modern Crochet

By Robyn Chachula, Published by Interweave

This is a fantastic collection of crochet lace patterns that are all created using historic crochet techniques such as double-ended crochet, Tunisian crochet, hairpin crochet and broomstick crochet lace.

6. Continuous Crochet

By Kristin Omdahl, Published by Interweave

If you want to crochet artistic clothing and accessories without having to weave in excessive numbers of loose ends, Continuous Crochet is a book you should consider adding to your library. It includes crochet patterns for ladies’ sweaters, hats, shawls and more.

7. Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems

By Sara Kay Hartmann, Published by Interweave

The shawls in this book are lovely. They drape gracefully, and the lace patterns are beautiful to look at. If you want to crochet a ladies’ shawl, you’re sure to find a pattern you’ll enjoy in Poetic Crochet.

So now you’re updated on 7 of our top picks for the best crochet womenswear pattern books. Whether you want to crochet jewelry, shawls, wraps, sweaters, scarves or other types of projects for ladies, you’re sure to find suitable project ideas and patterns in this list of excellent books.

About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and KnittingandCrochet.net. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns, tutorials and book reviews. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 8-12-2019.