Some of my favourite books - I try to list the books I have myself, or have reviewed personally, but
I also include others I'd probably like on my own wish list. If I haven't commented on them, I have not reviewed them.
Book Depository offers free postage, (a huge saving) discounted titles and very prompt delivery.
Thanks for coming and having a look, I'm always adding to the list, as I come across books I find worthwhile -Jen

NEW BOOKS - added 10/10/2014

                                         Arne Carlos Knit Crochet Garden-Arne-Nerjordet
My favourite book atm, pretty flowery things and the cutest little people and creatures for the garden. Knit and Crochet.
                                                        Arne & Carlos Knit-and-crochet Garden: Bring a Little Outside In with 36 Projects Inspired by Flowers, Butterflies, Birds and Bees

                                             Cute Easy Crochet with Flowers-Nicki Trench

Full of pretty flower projects including throws, washers, scarves and a family of little kitties to crochet.

                                                    Cute and Easy Crochet with Flowers

                                        55 Christmas Balls To Knit Arne Nerjordet

An old favourite from Arne and Carlos, in time for Christmas. So many designs, add your own touches, hang from the tree or make one for everyone's place setting, to take home.
                                                     55 Christmas Balls to Knit: Colourful Festive Ornaments

                                                     knitted Animal Hats - Fiona-Goble

35 really fun hats for babies right up to bigger kids. I'm getting value for money from this book. A must have if you love knitting for kids, especially if you make and donate chemo hats.
                                                    Knitted Animal Hats

                                               Runway Crochet-Margaret Hubert

I love this book. If you adore celebrity's designer crochet clothes, like Rihanna's you will love this. So many pretty and unique designs to choose from.

                                                 Runway Crochet: High-style Patterns from Top Designers' Hooks to Yours

Wedding Crochet-Sandy-Powers
Full of lovely ideas for the bride and wedding party. Head pieces, gloves, tableware, a few really nice wraps, and an adorable little shrug pattern for flower girls or junior bridesmaids from ages 1 - 13.

Wedding Crochet

Convertible Crochet-Doris-Chan

By Doris Chan, lot's of fun and beautiful designs, just like what's in the clothing stores right now
Convertible Crochet: Customizable Designs for Stylish Garments

Lovely knitted lace - Nicolas-Brooke

Full of beautiful shawls, wraps and shrugs with easy to more challenging designs. Gorgeous colours and yarn choices in this book
Lovely knitted lace: A geometric approach to gorgeous wearables

These are very cute, easy to knit bears.

This is adorable! Sewing patterns as well as knitting.  Easy to draft directions for different sized dogs.

Plenty of cute knitted cat books out there, but I like the "real" cat patterns here, and the poses of many of them.
                                      Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture More Annie Sloan

  • This is a favourite little crochet book of mine, not only rounds and squares, but triangles, flowers, stars, and lots of variation ideas for each pattern. Nice size book, so easy to take with you to crochet meetups.

                                                     500 Crochet Blocks
                                                       500 Crochet Blocks Hannah Elgie

I go to my copy of this book all the time. It includes a full range of traditional crochet stitches, but I have used it endless times to make lacy modern crochet scarves, and a few lovely light wraps in cotton, for summer babies. So easy to make anything of any width and length from the patterns. Hardest thing is trying to decide which stitch to choose.
                                               The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns
                               The Complete Book Of Crochet Stitch Designs - Linda Schapper

  • I don't use a lot of Noro, I love it, but it's mainly due to budget restraints. I fell in love with the patterns in this book though, they are just lovely (and I've easily found alternative yarns to use).

                                                         Crochet Noro: 30 Dazzling Designs
                                                                         Crochet Noro                                                                                 

                   If you love ripples this is a must, lot's of pretty variations of the crochet ripple.  
  •                                                      50 Ripple Stitches
                                                            50 Ripple Stitches - Darla Sims

    Do you want to eat like an Aussie lol? A retro Aussie at least, this book is full of good old Aussie tucker, like the Trifle on the cover and other recipes from our favourite Australian Women's Weeklies of the past.
                                                        Classic Retro Recipes
                                              Classic Retro Recipes - Australian Womens Weekly


  1. Hi Jen I have just stumbled across your page by accident and have fallen in love with the pink castle tea cosy. Is the pattern available please? My niece would just love it for Christmas

  2. Hi Rachel, I'm so sorry, I haven't published the pattern for that one as yet - Jenny.

  3. Hi Jen, I happened to fin you, because your Tin Soldier was on AllFree Knitting Patterns. Love him and the Tea Cozy patterns. My local library has a tea every spring where they have a silent auction with about 20 baskets of various things. The money raised goes to new programs they want to try out but cannot afford with the current budget. Could things from the tea cozy patterns be useable for the tea? I noticed that a couple of the patterns said they could be used for charity, but not all.

  4. Yes if you'd like to make a couple for your auction that's not a problem. In return if you could mention my blog somewhere in the process that would be great, thanks. Good luck with the auction :-).

  5. Browsing aimlessly on a Sunday afternoon and I found you! Love your ripple project, lovely colours. Xx Gigi Loop

    1. Thanks so much Gigi, hope you have a go at making it one day :-).

  6. Hi love all your patterns. I make and fill bags for children taken into emergency foster care. Each child is given a bag which has clean undies, pyjamas, clean clothes, school supplies, a teddy/ knitted toy, blanket, toys, books and toiletries.These bags then become the childs and stay with them wherever they go, these are often their only thing they own. I would love to make and sell 2-3 tea cosies a year to fund the buying of the material for the bags and all the items that go into them. I love the flower garden tea cosy because it seems to epitomises what we are trying to do, make these children grow strong and healthy


I love reading your comments, and I'm very happy to help you with any questions about my patterns. The comments are moderated only to stop spam mail coming through, so your comment will be published as soon as I get a chance to check them - thanks Jen.