crochet-opedia book


If you’ve ever wanted a great reference book for crochet stitches and techniques, for levels from beginner to intermediate, from the crochet mundane to the crochet ethereal, this book might be just what you’re looking for!

Julie Oparka has gathered a very useful collection of crochet information, including 30 projects, great illustrations of each stitch, blocking, beads, felting, seams and edgings, and just about everything else a crocheter needs to have in a reference.  Plus, it has my favorite satin cover and a lay-flat spiral binding making it even easier to use on your lap on on the table next to you.  I know these things are all available online – but I find a lay-flat book far more useable.

If you are looking for a gift for a crochet newbie, this would be the right one.  If you want to have a handy reference to use to enlarge your own repertoire of crochet skills, this would be the right one for you.  Five hundred color photographs and illustrations, numerous graphs, and a good Index add to this book’s appeal.

For a new crocheter, I can pretty much guarantee that working through the 30 projects in order will teach you most everything you need to know about crochet.  It’s amazing to me how much Oparka has jammed into this one 224 page book.  From holding the hook and yarn to basic stitches and increasing to her wide array of stitches ranging from textured to loop to chevrons and spikes then to tunisian, hairpin, and broomstick, I can’t think of much that’s lacking here.

Book Specs:

Crochet-opedia by Julie Oparka,

St. martin Press, June 11, 2013 (you gotta wait a bit!!)

224 pages, satin finished hard cover with spiral lay-flat binding

ISBN:  9781250020338

List price $24.99 USD



  1. Kelli Thomas says

    I am excited to hear about this book. I am a new crocheter, and jumping all over the web. I think you hit it on the head with the idea of a book like this for beginners. I haven’t seen anything like it.

    If you have a mailing list of people who want to be reminded about it – please add me to it! :) Thanks

  2. says

    I have this book and it is pure awesomeness. I had a little bit of knowledge on crochet from when I was a child, but this book has allowed me to make some beautiful projects and given me the directions on great stitches, beautiful motifs, and even helped me with some basics that I forgot from when I was 10. Even if you’re not quite a novice, it’s a great book to have on hand.

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