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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234352
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hansi Singh (Seattle, WA) began designing knit amigurumi creatures as playmates for her infant son. Hansigurumi, a shop she opened on Etsy for selling her amigurumi patterns, caught the attention (and needles!) of knitters in the US and abroad, and became an overnight success. Hailed "an amazing up and coming crafter" by CRAFT magazine.


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Customer Reviews

These instructions are so easy to follow.
J. Henderson
I've made the starfish, octopus, deep sea angler, jellyfish, nudibranch (from ravelry) and most of a praying mantis- awesome!
LEG
This book is great if you are a very advanced/experienced knitter, or if you really want a challenge!
Becky

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Hravnulf on May 8, 2009
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An amazing book of very complicated knitting patterns that use advanced techniques like short-rows. I can't imagine how a designer can visualize the complex 3 dimensional shaping done here via the short rows!

I am an advanced knitter and decided to take on the Jackalope pattern which has this complicated body shaping. I knit stuffed critters all the time including comparable patterns which also use short row shaping. The directions here were unclear in several places. First a note prior to row 35 that indicates that the openings for the legs will be knitted holes done by a series of bind offs followed by a series of cast ons. However, the actual directions for these pattern rows (35, 36) do not contain any bind offs. Instead, the stiches are left live on a holder and picked up later when you knit the leg separately. As written the directions for creating these openings seems to be in error with very comfusing turns for the cast on rows for the upper side of the openings.

This is a shame because if anything, this book has more detailed directions than most do with almost every individual row explicitly written out. (Which I really appreciate.) The directions for casting on and turning in the rows for these openings just doesn't make any sense to me. I did figure out how to get the openings correctly in place by using the loop cast on and knitting straight accross the row without the turning.

Later, when I finally got to the end of the first leg after picking up on the opening it was upside down with the pad for the foot ending up on the top instead of the bottom. Very explicit comments for these areas of the pattern would really improve it.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 30, 2009
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This book has incredible, detailed patterns. As others have said, it is not for the uninitiated, but is wonderfully challenging for those who are beyond scarves & hats.

If you want a quick gauge as to whether or not this is the book for you, the author has a free jellyfish pattern available on Craftzine (Hansigurumi Juvenile Sea Nettle).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Staff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2009
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I've knitted for years, but I've never knitted anything quite as unusual as these imaginative critters. Here's my take on this book:

PROS:

1. I have never seen such imagination at work. And when I think of the difficulty of putting these imaginative designs into patterns that ordinary knitters can follow, I am truly in awe of Hansi's skills.

2. There's plenty to learn in these patterns that even an experienced knitter will find helpful and challenging as well.

3. Hansi has included an excellent explanation of stitches and techniques in the front of the book. By all means, read this part before you begin.

CONS:
1. Hansi knits Continental style, so not all stitches will work for American style knitters. Because I'm not going to learn another style of knitting, I had to adjust certain increases to suit my knitting style.

2. Although these are marvelously detailed patterns, certain instructions are a bit too brief. I've had to learn to decode her particular style of instructions.

In all, a terrific book! These knit animals are suitable for a variety of ages and will entertain the knitter while producing adorable results (see my red anglerfish in images).

By the way, Hansi has a new pattern for chameleons. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks challenging.

Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kfuji on April 26, 2009
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These are a collection of some of Hansi Singh's popular patterns. You can see many pictures of her patterns or buy these patterns individually on etsy.com or ravelry.com. She uses a lot of short row shaping. Excellent patterns that are very true to life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Trevaskis-Owen on June 20, 2009
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Hansi Singh has produced a remarkable book with wonderful, innovative patterns. The finished projects are delightfully unusual: a Loch Ness monster, starfish, clove of garlic, peas in a pod, and a kraken, to name a few.

Unfortunately, it appears this book did not go through a sufficient test knitting/editing process. I have made the Loch Ness monster and the angler fish; both have contained errors. Postings on an online knitting group I belong to list errors in other patterns as well. An experienced knitter will be able to spot & correct the mistakes while a beginner might run into trouble.

All in all, I am very happy that I bought the book & plan on making more of the projects.
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Amigurumi are Japanese knitted novelties or toys; the name is a combination of "ami" meaning knitted or crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, which means a little stuffed toy. The toy can be a bear or doll, or even a crab, shrimp, lobster (lobstah to my friends in New England), or even a vegetable. (Hey, hey, vegan stuffed animals!)

The patterns in this book include a bouquet garni of vegetables, including a very cute peas-in-pod, some sea creatures including jellyfish and a totally adorable hermit crab in a shell, a snail, a redoubtable lady angler fish with optional parasite male attached, and a beautiful praying mantis. I love praying mantis, and it's always a good day when I see one in my garden. The knitted one is pretty enough to be worn as an ornament.

That's the fun of these--yes, kids love them and Grammy can be making toys for her grandkids, but the avid knitter could also use them for package ornaments, Christmas tree ornaments, put them in wreaths, make hangings, put them on plain sweaters, you name it.

The only issue I have with knitting these is that the scale is small, and if you start the pattern in the round, it is very tough going until there is some fabric to grab onto. If you are slightly (or very) klutzy, this is probably enough to send you over the cliff. The instructions are not particularly clear if you don't "get" what is being done; a lot of the patterns have you draw up loops from knitted fabric and start knitting dimensional portions on top, for example, picking up loops from inside the peapod, a sort of flattish canoe shape, and making the peas rise up from loops you pick up inside the pod.

In short, not for the knit-neophyte, probably. If you are adventuresome and don't mind banging your head against the desk and ripping out things until you get it the right way, go for it. A lot of fun, once the initial confusion is past.
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