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From the Back Cover

This Amigurumi handbook is filled with adorable photographs of puppies and easy-to-follow patterns to help you create them. Treat yourself to a darling friend to cuddle up with, make an entire family of puppies, or gift one to a loved one.

The world needs more Ami Ami Dogs

About the Author

Mitsuki Hoshi started her journey as a self-taught amigurumi maker when she purchased her first Mickey Mouse amigurumi kit. In 2002, she launched a website dedicated exclusively to amigurumi dogs. The site caught the attention of several dog magazines and became a huge hit. Today, as an accomplished amigurumi artist, her goal is to crochet everything from foods to animals. In her spare time, she works as an instructor, teaching students how to make amigurumi.

Her published works include Life of an Amigurumi Dog, Life of an Amigurumi Dog 2, Life of an Amigurumi Dog 3, Ami Ami Restaurant, Mitsuki Hoshi's Amigurumi Zoo, Amigurumi Cats and Friends, Mitsuki Hoshi's Traveling Amigurumi, and Adorable Amigurumi with Giant Heads.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Donna C. on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, let me say there are many positives to this book. These are absolutely the cutest little amigurumi dogs that I've ever seen (and I own several amigurumi books). They are beyond adorable and the dog breeds are very true to reality; the photographs of the completed projects are beautifully styled as well. This author is obviously a very talented crochet artist. The book includes a 10-page section which shows, in clear step-by-step photographs, how to create one of the dogs in the book; this is definitely a positive. Plus, the book is priced very reasonably. I would not, however, recommend this particular Amigurumi book for a beginner, and here's why.

The book might be confusing to beginners because the terms sew, knit and crochet are used pretty much interchangeably throughout. I did some research and found that in the original Japanese, the word for knit is the same as the word for crochet. So that would certainly explain why a crochet book has a chapter called "Basic Knitting Techniques" that includes the following sentence: "Basically the same sewing method is used for all the crocheted dogs in this book. If you can knit a Japanese Shiba, you can use the same technique for the other types of dogs....". Confusing sentence, isn't it? There's also another chapter titled "For beginners of sewing knitted dogs". Again, very confusing for a beginner to crochet or to Amigurumi, and probably the result of translation by a non-crafter who has little knowledge of crochet or knitting!

Another reviewer pointed out that there are no written instructions; this is true of most Japanese books, which present designs solely in symbol form.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jean Leinhauser VINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Yes, the individual pattern instructions are given in Japanese symbols, but if you are a symbol reader (and if you crochet you should be learning these by now!) you'll have no trouble with these.
Excellent photo demonstration for making the Shiba, even including stuffing and sewing on parts.

One page shows photo of all the individual parts for the Shiba, which lets you see how much is involved in making these little cuties. The real trick is in joining the parts to give each
animal its own personality.

Patterns are for specific breeds:Chihuahua, Welsh Corgi, Shiba Inu, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Mini Dachshund, Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever (currently the most popular breed in the USA), Maltese, Mini Schnauzer, French Bulldog, Beagle and Pug.

Also tells how to adapt each pattern into an attachment for a cell phone or a key ring.

If you want to learn how to make amigrumi, this is a great how-to book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By 3dogs1cat on March 18, 2011
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First and foremost the directions in this book are horrible. The words sewing and knitting are interchanged for the word crochet. All of the patterns are charted. There are mistakes within the charted designs. There is a numerical list starting in reverse but it is not complete. The directions want you to start on round 5 and crochet down to round 1. At the end of the numerical list there is a total stitch count. The few dogs that I have attempted to crochet have been extremely difficult. I have been crocheting for 10 years and doing Amigurumi for 5 years. The author is extremely talented. The directions in this book need to fixed. The crochet dogs are cute but you need to have patience and dedication to finish crocheting. I can only give it 1 star because of the bad directions. If you are new to Amigurumi and crocheting this book it not for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cosmic Bob on May 10, 2011
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I didn't know if I'd be able to make the dogs in this book. I am a beginner crocheter so didn't think I could read the patterns. But the pictures were so cute I thought it would be fun to buy the book just for the dog pics. I also bought The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi so I'd have some backup directions.

I was able to read and follow the directions simply from this book. Made the Pug dog but in different colors so it looks like a different breed.

Just to let you know that a complete idiot crochet-er like me could follow the directions. Hint - start with the Shiba Inu for the most complete directions and photos.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Legrand on February 26, 2011
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If you are good with reading diagrams than this book is for you. The book does provide explanations of the symbols. I found a mistake in the photo description of how to do a sl st and there seems to be an issue with the instructions for make the "mouth" on the Daschund.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MB79 on August 21, 2012
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Although there are a couple of flaws, I love this book. There seem to be some translation issues that better editing could have fixed (I thought it was funny, though, that eye and nose sizes were given in inches instead of milimeters [0.31in instead of 8mm]), but I didn't have a problem following the patterns and creating some really beautiful ami dogs! I am especially proud of the Chihuahua I made as a gift for a Girl Scout leader.

Instead of typical written patterns, this book uses charts and diagrams. I am a self-taught crocheter; I taught myself how to crochet using library books and YouTube videos. I have been crocheting for less than a year, and making amigurumi for about 5 months. Nevertheless, I was able to follow the diagrams and charts in this book with very little difficulty (the hardest part for me was the muzzle).

A basic knowledge of how to crochet in the round (with a sl st at the end of the rnd instead of continuous spirals) and how to sew together amigurumi parts is really all you need here. The charts used will give you the row number, the corresponding number of stitches, and how many increases/decreases are needed. For example, Row 1 will have 6 sts. Row 2, with 6 increases, will have 12 sts. Row 3 will have 4 increases and will leave you with 16 sts at the end. The diagrams show where the increases and decreases go.

I personally prefer a combination of diagram and written instructions, especially with bigger projects that require a lot of counting, but the shapes used in this book are so small and so simple that written instructions aren't really necessary. If you havn't tried crocheting via diagram, I'd encourage you to give it a try! I have found that it eliminates that whole, "Now where in the world is this stitch supposed to go?
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