A list of the references which will help you become better faster.

Inspiring books and references.

We all learn through example and books and websites provide one with many avenues for inspiring creativity, new ideas or refining our skills. At CarolMel we have a carefully curated selection of references and reviews which we hope will inspire you and help to unlock your creativity.

Unicorns, Dragons and More Fantasy Amigurumi

14 Magical Characters to Life! (Unicorns, Dragons and More Amigurumi) Paperback – 25 Oct. 2018 by Amigurumipatterns Net (Author), Joke Vermeiren (Editor)

Whip out your crochet hook and summon your coziest chair: the crochet spells in this brand-new collection will work their magic to bring 14 fantastical amigurumi to life! The cute creatures in this magical world will charm you all. Go for a swim with the mermaids and nymphs, go Nessie-spotting and dragon hunting and follow the fairies and unicorns on a walk through the forest. And there’s much more waiting for you at the end of the rainbow! Beginners as well as advanced crocheters can conjure up these adorable fantasy creatures with a flick of their hooks. 

Edward's Menagerie14​

Over 40 soft and snuggly toy animal crochet patterns Paperback – 8 Aug. 20​

With just two weeks to go before baby Edward’s due date, yarn enthusiast Kerry Lord picked up a crochet hook for the first time and a new obsession began. Over the next 12 months the collection of crochet animals expanded week on week until Edward’s Menagerie was complete with 40 unique patterns.

100 Snowflakes to Crochet​

Make Your Own Snowdrift: To Give or For Keeps Paperback – 2 Aug. 2012​


Bring the magic of a fresh snowfall into your home with the gorgeous, collection of crocheted snowflakes. With all the lacy beauty of the real thing, these make a lovely addition to any home and you can spend an hour making an ornament or two or take a whole weekend to crochet a blizzard! –Simply Homemade

About the Author

Caitlin Sainio has been crocheting for most of her life, and especially loves the delicate geometries of thread crochet. Trained as a mechanical engineer, she’s turned her engineering talents to freelance crochet design, concentrating particularly on snowflakes, flowers, and the other beautiful patterns found in nature. This is her first publication.

Vogue® Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book

Revised and Updated (Vogue Knitting) Hardcover – 7 Mar. 2018

With updated and revised material throughout, 65 additional pages and more than 1600 photos and hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations, ‘Vogue Knitting: The Essential Knitting Book’ is surprisingly easy to navigate, with thorough indexing and footnote cross-referencing. From beginners needing to learn the very basics to seasoned knitters wanting a refresher on a complex technique, every knitter will cherish this guide for years to come.

Custom Socks

Knit to Fit Your Feet Paperback – 25 Sept. 2015

Whether you knit them toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit on hand knit socks can be a major challenge! In “Custom Socks,” Kate Atherley sets out to teach knitters of all levels the skills and tools they need to understand sock fit, and to knit a pair of socks that fit properly. She calls on her years of experience as “Knitty”‘s Managing Technical Editor, where she has edited hundreds of sock patterns, to share this information in a way that is easy to understand with patterns that inspire.So go ahead and treat yourself to these 15 original sock patterns that are easily customizable and work with any needle configuration. Your feet will thank you!

Knitted Animal Friends

Over 40 knitting patterns for adorable animal dolls, their clothes and accessories Paperback – 4 Mar. 2019

Learn to make an adorable collection of knitted animal toys with these new patterns by the author of My Knitted Doll, Louise Crowther. Louise, brings her unique style of coordinated knitwear with cute colourwork details to this new collection of toy animal knitting patterns.

There are a total of 13 knitted animals each with their own unique personality and style. The animals all have the same basic body, with a few colour variations and tail additions, so the clothes can be mixed and matched between them to create endless outfit possibilities.