The first book to arrive on my doorstep was this one by Melody Griffiths. It is full of really beautiful motif ideas, flowers, squares..the images are lovely, and each project has a written pattern as well as a chart.
What really excited me about this book was the section on crochet letters. I have a particular project in mind that requires letters, so I'm determined to master them. My first efforts have failed miserably, and I have very much a love/hate relationship with this book, but I know I'll crack it in the end.
For ages I've been trying to master the magic ring/sliding loop technique to get started, and this book is the first one that demonstrated it in a way I could understand.
The flower motif below was started off with the magic ring technique, so now I think it's safe to say I've mastered it, so even for that reason alone, I love this book!