My Mum gave me these books the other day, she saved them from my Granny's house for me.
It's a set of three books with everything you could need to know about sewing, knitting and crochet. With really well illustrated instructions and patterns. As well as information about altering patterns to suit your bust or bottom etc.
I'm keen to look at the crochet instructions because they look to be amongst the clearest and most straightforward that I've found.
And I just love the totally retro patterns, although quite a few could be adapted to more modern looks.
There are 3 books in the set and they are called "Stitch by Stitch; the illustrated encyclopedia of sewing, knitting and crochet". I've just had a quick look online and it looks like there were a whole series of the books put out by a magazine, they are available at various sites second hand.