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Crochet Basics with Sarah

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Hi, everyone! Are you ready to learn to crochet? It’s not scary, I promise!  It does take some time, so just remember to be patient.



And don’t forget to check the Library’s amazing online resources!  RBDigital has two crochet magazines that you can borrow online with your library card number. Keep reading for some great books available on Hoopla and Overdrive!


The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O’Connell
This fun book will tell you all about the tools you’ll need and techniques to help you build your crochet skill set.  With patterns that let you try out new techniques, you’ll have those tricks down in no time!  Available on Overdrive.


Modern Crochet Bible by Sarah Shrimpton
You’ll learn traditional crochet techniques and use them to create stunning, contemporary designs!  From Tunisian crochet to filet crochet to embroidery, this book will have you making beautiful blankets, wraps, and more!  Available on Hoopla.


Learn How to Crochet Ripples, Chevrons, and Waves by Cynthia Welsh
Ripples and chevrons and waves…oh, my!  There’s no need to worry, though, because these gorgeous techniques might be easier than you think.  With instruction on the basics of crochet to ease you into these design elements, you’ll add a fantastic level of interest to your projects!  Available on Overdrive.


Two Simple Shapes = 26 Crocheted Cardigans, Tops, and Sweaters by Salena Baca
Once you’re comfortable with the basic stitches, check out this lovely pattern book to start crocheting your own clothes!  Rectangles and squares are turned into stunning tops that you can wear for any occasion.  Available on Hoopla.

There are so many other great books on Overdrive and Hoopla.  Simply type “crochet” in the search bar to find what you need!  And remember to be patient with yourself.  You’ll get this!  Happy crocheting!


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”