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announcing my new Crochet book!

I’m very excited to announce that my new book will be released on August 5th, 2014, and it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon! With my last book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, I created the ultimate reference book on amigurumi, and now I’ve turned my attention to all of crochet for my new book, Idiot’s Guide: Crochet

Idiot's Guides: Crochet by June Gilbank

Amazon doesn’t have much info up yet, and what they do have makes it sound like this is just a beginner’s book, but it’s actually much, much more…

Let me tell you about my vision for Crochet: I had three goals for this book, because I wanted to make an ambitious 3 books in 1 volume:

  • The complete beginner’s guide: To create the clearest, most comprehensive learn-to-crochet tutorials, with ultra close-up photos of every single step, so people really can learn to crochet from my book.
  • The crochet tips guide: To distill all the knowledge and tips I’ve picked up over my crocheting life into clear, easy to follow instructions.
  • The beautiful pattern book: To create a collection of stylish original accessories and home decor patterns that would make perfect gifts, so you’ll want to make everything in the book! The patterns need to be simple to work (but not boring for experienced crocheters) and show some of the variety possible in crochet, so you’ll learn more as you make each pattern.

I was fortunate that my editors were happy to accommodate my vision, and I’ve crammed all of these goals into the 272 pages of this book! The Idiot’s Guides series has had a complete makeover and you’ll be very pleasantly surprised when you see the lovely design and hundreds of full-colour photos.

This book is different from every other crochet book on the market and excellent value for money, whatever your crochet skill, as it’s perfect for both beginners and more experienced crocheters. I hope you’ll find it a valuable resource, whether your goal is to learn to crochet, to improve your crochet skills and knowledge, to find a selection of clean, timeless designs to crochet, or all of the above πŸ™‚

The tutorials have all the detail and clear step-by-step photos you’d expect from me, and the patterns include stitch diagrams and all the added tips and extras you find in my PlanetJune Accessories patterns. I’m so excited about this book, and I hope you will be too!

I’ll be revealing more details about the book and the patterns over the coming months, but if you’re already chomping at the bit, here are the Amazon pre-order links (US, CA, UK and DE):

And for Kindle (and other ebook readers and Kindle apps):


  1. Cheryl said

    I am really looking forward to your new book! I was pleasantly surprised that many techniques you taught in your amigurumi were very applicable to crocheting other things. Your instructions are the clearest I’ve seen. Thanks, June!

  2. pam said

    I am soooooo excited about this book! You made Amigurumi attainable for me and come August there is hope that this other side of crochet which I am so far not enjoying will make more sense.

    And, I just had to stop by and thank you for all the hours and hours and hours you have put into finding ways to put crochet into the hands of everyone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Carmen said

    Hi June,
    I am looking forward to your book release in August 2014.
    I enjoyed your Amigurumi book so much as well as your Amigurumi patterns I have tried so far, so I am eager to learn more with the help of your new book!

    Best regards

  4. Judy Kelley said

    Hi June! Your new book looks great, so exciting! I taught myself to learn to crochet with an old Crochet / Knitting for Dummies. I am looking forward to your new book! I always recommend your website to friends that need help or want to learn crochet.

  5. ellie said

    Your amigurumi book taught me to crochet, I love your clear cut none frou frou way of teaching. I cant wait for this one June!

  6. Chrisie (CrochetChrisie) said

    I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this book! I’m sure it will be all kinds of awesome!

  7. Judy Carlson said

    I am really excited about your new book! We can rely on you to have perfect patterns with no errors! Whenever I step off PlanetJune into another designer’s world I often encounter mistakes of all sorts. V frustrating. Please keep on spoiling us!

  8. Virginia said

    Congratulations! Your book on Amigurumi was one of the reasons I can crochet, so I am sure this book will be just as awesome! Thank you!

  9. Wow, congratulations! I’ve been crocheting for two years now but I’m sure I could still learn a lot from your book ~ I loved your amigurumi one so I would definitely want this one. Great job! I admire your work ethic! πŸ™‚

  10. Cherish said

    Wonderful news! You’re one of my very favorite designers and I just know this book will be terrific. I’ve placed a link on my FB site.

    • June said

      Thanks for sharing the link, Cherish – I appreciate you helping to spread the word πŸ™‚

  11. Erica said

    Yay! I’m so excited to get my hands on a copy. You rock, June!

  12. Congratulations, June! It looks like it is going to be a really wonderful book.

    • June said

      Thank you – I can’t wait to be able to show you more details πŸ˜‰

  13. Lisa Schwartz said

    I am greatly looking forward to this book. I just pre-ordered it and since it is from June, I know I will learn some cool tips/tricks.

    • June said

      Thank you, Lisa – I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  14. Merry Thornsburg said

    Can hardly wait for your new book, June! I’ve learned so many valuable tips from you to pass on to my crochet students! Thank You! I’ll be sure and ask my boss to order some for our Yarn Shop, Wooly Bully!

    • June said

      Yay, Merry – thank you! Getting stores to stock the book will be hugely helpful to me: marketing it to stores myself isn’t something I can do, so word of mouth recommendations are vital πŸ™‚

  15. Debbie Jacob said

    Your book sounds so interesting and spot on for what I need. I have started to do amigurumi animals and have been following your PlanetJune posts … at last someone who understands my small(ish) requirements!

    • June said

      Thank you, Debbie – I’m so happy to hear that!

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