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200 FUN THINGS TO CRO­CHET VIC­TO­RIA LYLE (£14.99, Search Press)

Never be stuck for your next project with this col­lec­tion of small and su­per-cute de­signs. The pat­terns are in­spired by na­ture and all ac­com­pa­nied by clear stitch charts. Hook tiny fruit and veg, in­sects, flow­ers and sea crea­tures, as well as a col­lec­tion of flo­ral squares and mo­tifs.

EN­CHANTED FOR­EST CREA­TURES JES­SICA BOYER (£5.99, Leisure Arts)

Fans of cute crit­ters will love this book, which has pat­terns (in US terms) for eight amigurumi wood­land dwellers. There are three mag­i­cal crea­tures – a gnome, gnomette and fairy – plus a menagerie of adorable an­i­mals.

TOP!DOWN CRO­CHET SWEATERS DORA OHRENSTEIN " £13.99, Storey)

If you’ve al­ways wanted to try the top-down method of cro­chet­ing gar­ments, here you’ll find 14 pat­terns for beau­ti­ful jumpers and cardi­gans. Writ­ten in US cro­chet terms, the book comes with de­tailed in­struc­tions and in­for­ma­tion on con­struc­tion, tension, choos­ing your fi­bre and how to get your gar­ment to fit just right.

COLOUR CON­FI­DENT STITCH­ING KAREN BARBÉ (£16.99, Pim­per­nel Press)

Choos­ing a colour palette is a vi­tal part of any project, and this book from tex­tile de­signer Karen, packed with beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy, is here to help you be more con­fi­dent and ad­ven­tur­ous with your choices. While it’s writ­ten with em­broi­dery in mind, the ideas can eas­ily be trans­lated into cro­chet.

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