Heading into the second half of National Crochet Month (NaCroMo), I thought I'd share my favorite crochet reference books. These are the ones I turn to again and again for inspiration, techniques, stitch patterns, motifs, etc., as you can probably tell from all the place markers (and yarn!) hanging from the insides. I recommend them all highly!
Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler (Leisure Arts)
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda P. Schapper (Lark)
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects, and Ideas by Jan Eaton (Cico Books)
Crocheting School: A Complete Course (Sterling)
200 Crochet Tips, Techniques, & Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton (St. Martin's Press)
200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton (Interweave)
The Harmony Guides Crochet Stitch Motifs Erika Knight, ed (Interweave)
The Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches Erika Knight, ed (Interweave)
150 Crochet Trims Susan Smith (St. Martin's)
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman (Storey)
Super Stitches Crochet by Jennifer Campbell & Ann-Marie Bakewell (Watson-Guptill)
Crocheter's Companion by Nancy Brown (Interweave)
The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman (Storey)
Try them yourself!