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What an amazing birthday present – look what just arrived!

June Gilbank holding her new book, 'Everyday Crochet'

I’m delighted to announce that my new crochet book, Everyday Crochet, will be published on November 1st 2022 and is now available to preorder from Amazon and all good bookshops.

Preorders make a world of difference to how well a book does long-term, as the preorder numbers send a signal to booksellers, libraries and reviewers that the book is valuable and worth stocking, so if you’re thinking about buying Everyday Crochet, please place your pre-order right now (that’s an amazon link, but you should be able to preorder from your local bookstores too), before the November 1 publication date! Thank you so much 🙂

The Path to ‘Everyday Crochet’

When I wrote my 2015 book Idiot’s Guides: Crochet, I didn’t set out to write an ‘Idiot’s Guide’ – I wanted to write the definitive crochet reference book that I wished I’d had when I was learning to crochet, with projects to practice what you’ve learnt along the way, simple instructions with clear close-up photos for every technique, beautiful photographs, and a wide variety of patterns, stitch patterns, and motifs.

I’m happy to say that my publisher, DK, agreed with my assessment that the book I wrote for them transcended the unfortunately-named Idiot’s Guides brand, and now that IG: Crochet has sold out, we’re republishing it as a revised version with a new idiot-free name. (Thank goodness!)

Introducing: Everyday Crochet!

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June Gilbank

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June Gilbank

Fully Updated and Revised

I completely revised the old book to create Everyday Crochet, and we’ve given it a new clean easy-to-read format. I’ve combed through it page by page and added lots of little touches, such as:

Page references for all the new techniques you’ll need for each practice project:

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June Gilbank

A gorgeous visual table of contents so you can see the projects you can make as soon as you open the book:

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June Gilbank

A left-handed reference section at the end of the book that shows you all the basics. Lefties now get step-by-step left-handed photos for every step from learning how to hold a hook and yarn through to completing their first project.

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June Gilbank

I’m most excited about this last point – I campaigned hard for this, and I think it may be a first for a craft book! (I had to fight to even get one page for left-handers in IG: Crochet, and I know that wasn’t enough.) As a lefty myself, I understand the struggle of trying to learn everything from a right-hander’s perspective, so it was important for me to have this available for others like me – we lefties make up 10% of the population, but are rarely catered for.

With my 16-page left-handed reference section, you, a fellow left-hander, can go from picking up a hook for the first time to completing your first crochet project (a single crocheted dishcloth) without ever having to consult a right-handed photo and trying to mirror it so you can figure out what you need to do. Once you’ve got those basic crochet skills down, adding on new stitches and techniques will be much easier, even in this world of right-handed instruction. (And you can always come back to PlanetJune too, where I always provide additional instruction to lefties where it’s needed!)

What’s New (and What’s Not)

I should make it clear: although it has a new name and has been fully revised, Everyday Crochet is not a substantively different book from IG: Crochet – all the patterns, projects and tutorials are the same. If you’ve bought IG: Crochet, you already know that it’s a high-quality book packed full of useful tips, beautiful photos and my original patterns, and nothing has changed there.

There were only a few tiny errata in IG: Crochet that have now been corrected. Other than that, and a couple of errant arrows that had previously turned up in the wrong place, the changes are in clarity and clarification only.

But wow, it is so much clearer now!

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June GilbankOld (left) vs new (right) – see how much clearer it is to read now?

Design: You may have noticed that the old font was very thin and pale and not the easiest thing to read. The new text design is modern, clean and super-clear – it’s so much easier on the eyes! And I’ve replaced all the arrows that point to specific stitches in the tutorial photos to make them clearer – the old coloured arrows were pretty, but clean black arrows are much easier to see.

Content: I’ve made little tweaks and improvements throughout the entire book that make it a better experience to use. I’ve fully edited the content, breaking up long paragraphs into lists, highlighting keywords, and clarifying anything that wasn’t phrased exactly how I wanted it to be in the previous book.

Do I Need This Book? (Yes!)

I had three goals for (both versions of) 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.

And that’s what you’ll get in Everyday Crochet! 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.

(Want to know more about the content? The patterns, tutorials etc are all the same as in the previous version of the book (IG: Crochet), and you can read my posts about the old version where I talk about everything that’s in the book!)

  • If you never got around to buying IG: Crochet or were put off by the name, this is the perfect time to pick up my refreshed and revised book, Everyday Crochet!
  • While you don’t need to buy Everyday Crochet if you already have IG: Crochet, it’s a lovely update if you’d like to treat yourself (or put it on your Christmas list).
  • And I hope that, even if you don’t buy it for yourself, you’ll buy a copy of Everyday Crochet as a gift for every beginner or intermediate crocheter you know!

'Everyday Crochet', a book by June Gilbank

I’m so proud of this book. Everyday Crochet truly is the crochet reference book I always wished existed, and I hope it’ll earn a permanent place on your bookshelf.

Everyday Crochet will be published on November 1st 2022 and is now available to preorder from Amazon and all good bookshops.

14 Comments »

  1. Kathy said

    Congratulations, June! The first pattern of yours that I made was the heart. A friend of mine had heart surgery, and she gave a heart to everyone on her heart team. I was delighted to make them for her, she was delighted to hand them out, and her team was tickled to receive their heart. I am excited to get your book, especially to be able to teach my new left handed grand-daughterlaw to crochet. I am right handed and, well, you know! Thank you for sharing your gifts! 💗

  2. Liisa Martin said

    Thank you for publishing this book. Will go to Amazon and check it out ASAP.
    Now if someone would write/create one for knitting.
    Might be teaching a friend soon to either knit or crochet. Mr grandmother taught me while I was in grade school.

  3. Lindy said

    Happy publication day, Tuesday 1st November! Many congratulations once again.
    I can’t wait to receive my copy in the post.
    Love and best wishes, Lindy xxxx

  4. Jacqueline said

    Congratulations June!! What an unforgettable birthday gift!

  5. Lindy said

    Many congratulations, June, on your wonderful new book. It looks lovely. Great news on your birthday! I have pre-ordered your book and can’t wait to receive it.
    Wishing you every success. Love, Lindy xxxx

  6. Susan said

    Hi June, I just received the email about your new book and immediately preordered it – I’m really excited about it because I have already picked up some great tips and patterns online from you. Happy Birthday to you – it is also my granddaughter’s birthday today – she is 9. My birthday is November 5th and I’m looking so forward to having your new book just in time – what a great gift to myself!

  7. I still recommend the original book to people so really excited to see that there is an updated version.

  8. Corine Schramke said

    I’ve given IG: Crochet to everyone who has asked me about crochet, or expressed an interest in learning. How exciting to have a new and improved, Idiot free version! Congrats!

  9. Cheryl said

    Happy Birthday, June! I am so looking forward to your book and it has been pre-ordered since your first mention of it. It is my personal November book purchase. Your amigurumi book taught me the basics of crocheting after many not so great attempts. I look forward to correcting some bad habits and not needing to crochet some weird fixes on my non amigurumi projects. My eyes thank you for the bolder text printing. P.S. I am glad you were able to dispense with IG. Enjoy your birthday cake!

  10. Sue Wade said

    Congratulations, June! How exciting for you. I’m going to pre-order today!

  11. Karey Solomon said

    Congratulations! I plan on buying this book. Not because I need a beginner’s guide, but because I’ve quietly followed and admired your work for years and I’d like that connection! Wishing you much success!
    Best,
    Karey Solomon

  12. Lora Ford said

    It’s a beautiful book! I know you must be so excited! Congratulations!

  13. Katy K. said

    I pre-ordered this as soon as heard about it (Discord)! I had both your IG books and loaned them to an acquaintance in my yarn group. Sadly, I never got them back. I’m excited to read this new book!

  14. SandyG said

    June, yet again you have outdone yourself! As an experienced crochet crafter, including with many, many of your patterns, I find your creation beautiful to behold. I had owned IG: Crochet (and I love how you write it like that!), but when we moved last year I gifted it to an aspiring eight-year-old beginning crochet crafter, the daughter of my physician. I have had Everyday Crochet on pre-order since you announced it, and I look forward to perusing every page! Well done!

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