Crochet with Peter Pan!

Dover’s latest provides hours of crafting fun.

Crochet Stories: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

Imagine that you could create your own playset of your favorite characters from the classic tale of Peter Pan.

Well you can stop imagining: grab your crochet hook and your yarn and get to work with the newest book in the Crochet Stories series: Crochet Stories: J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The Peter Pan book was created by Sarah Sloyer, who also wrote the totally adorable Dumpling Cat book for Dover.

The most recent book in Dover’s Crochet Stories series is the magical tale of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The book provides instructions as well as inspiration to make the main characters and accessories. But the book is more than how-to: The Crochet Stories combine storytelling with craft to bring the story to life. The pages have clear instructions and illustrations for a fun narrative-style project. Start with crafting Peter, Wendy, her brothers, and Nana the dog. Then, as the Darlings journey to Neverland and have more adventures, you can add to the collection with Captain Hook, his helper Smee, the crocodile and even a pirate ship!

Crochet Stories: L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz

There are two other recent additions to the series: Crochet Stories: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Crochet Stories: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Both books are by artist Pat Olski who also created the Yarn Whirled dolls.

Dorothy’s adventures in Oz include instructions for flying monkeys (and honestly, isn’t just the thought of creating flying monkeys enough to make any crochet lover eager to buy the book?) as well as the pail to hold the fatal water, poppies, the magic cap from the original story, and Toto! There’s even a stretch of the Yellow Brick Road.

Crochet Stories: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

You can also dive down the rabbit hole with Alice and even create two versions of her: one is normal size and the other is very small (remember when Alice had to shrink to get through little door and follow the White Rabbit into the garden?) There’s a mushroom-and-caterpillar figure in addition to the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.

Crochet Stories: E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker

We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that CHRISTMAS IS COMING. Fortunately, there’s a Crochet Stories book for that too: Crochet Stories: E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker. Twelve easy-to-follow patterns can be worked quite nicely into an Advent calendar type of project: create one figure every other day starting December 1 for a countdown to Christmas.