Stitch’N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker
I learned to crochet from this book. It has a good overview of the basics and some cute patterns. It is also a sentimental favorite because the author’s first book Stitch’N Bitch is a big reason I wanted to learn to knit or crochet in the first place.
Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet
If I am not sure how to do a technique this book is the first place I look. It is a comprehensive guide of the basics and beyond. The second part of the book has a stitch dictionary that I use often.
Crochet Master Class
This is a great book if you want to go beyond the basics. It gives projects, instructions and background on several techniques including freeform crochet, irish crochet and hairpin lace.
200 Crochet Blocks
If you like to make blankets, I highly recommend this book. It has a lot of motif designs and it also has a section on how to design blankets.
The Finer Edge
The author of this book is Kristin Omdahl and I am a big fan of her designs. I think any serious crocheter should have a book of edgings. The edging in this book are lovely. The book also has a list of projects.
Crocheting School a Complete Course
This is another good book to have if you want to get beyond the basics. It gives instructions on several techniques including broomstick lace and Irish lace.