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About the Author

Elisabeth Doherty received her B.A. In Fine Art from Columbia College and has been at the forefront of developing amigurumi into a fine art form. Her dolls and soft sculptures have been featured in CRAFT magazine and numerous art shows across the United States.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600590179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600590177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amigurumi, the Japanese art of making cute crochet animals, has been popular in Asian countries for years and in the past, it has amazed me that there weren't more books containing this style of crochet available in English. However, it seems that the Western countries have finally caught on to this craze and "Amigurumi!" is one of the books on this topic. In fact, "Amigurumi!" is, without a doubt, my favourite of the amigurumi books that have surfaced in the last year or so.

"Amigurumi!" contains 14 patterns divided into three sections: crocheted food (including a hamburger, cupcakes, cookies and a fish bone), crocheted animals (including a weiner dog, a fawn, a piglet and a mouse), and those four humanoid animals that you can see on the cover of the book. Unlike some of the other amigurumi books that I have seen, where the patterns are incredibly amateurish, made up of a series of balls sewn together, the patterns in this book are well thought-out works of art which would hold their own in a boutique toy store.

Although, I would not recommend that a beginner make one of the humanoid animals as a first project, many of the patterns in this book would be appropriate for beginners (especially the food patterns) and all of the basic stitch techniques are explained in detail at the front of the book. The patterns are all designed to be made with the brightly colored acrylic yarn, which is cheaper than wool and which I have never had any difficulties in obtaining (I buy mine from my local department store).

To use the cliche, if you only buy one amigurumi book, this is the one to buy.
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I got this book for my 14 year old daughter who has already made lots of amigurumi from Japanese books. She found it too simplified for HER (oh the teenagerness of it all!) but to ME it is perfect! The only thing we cringed over is the originality of a crochet cheeseburger - as we have seen it done many times in the Japanese books, as purses and tawashi and yes, stuffed toys! This book does a great job of enlightening people about this fantastic craft - new to many, but not to the Japanese!
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I have a few Japanese Amigurumi books and was hoping this book will help me decipher those but it is written only in words and not in the Japanese style of a chart with long list of rows with number of stitches. But as a crochet doll book, it is a winner and probably a lot easier to use too. I'm not excited about doing carrots
and not even the cookies thrill me, but the 8 animals and humanoid dolls are terrific. Since I'm doing this for a little child, I have to change certain things like the eyes. Personally, I prefer crocheting dolls to knitting them and there are a lot less crochet toy books than knitting ones. The difference is that knitting makes a flat piece you have to sew up but with this crochet you work around and get body forms and this type of crochet is meant to make oval shapes which can be easily joined to each other. I'm very happy with this book and plan on making several and then hopefully figuring out my own Amigurumi dolls.
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The cuteness of this book is what gave it 3 stars. The instructions however would have given it a 1 or 2.... In a well written book a pattern would be completely written out such as "increase 6 times evenly by working *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around - 18 sc."

HOWEVER. In this book it's written as " inc 6 sc evenly space(18 sc)...

which isn't nearly as clear... (another example here)

Rounds 8-13 of the pig are written " inc 3 sc evenly spaced(42 sc at the end of rnd 13)" NOT VERY CLEAR!.

In buying a pattern book, I expect patterns to be written out completely! Not done halfway!. Had I bought this in a book store I would return it. But sense I got it off of amazon. It'll collect dust. I want a pattern book I don't have to do much thinking with... Just look at the pattern and go... Now if your good at breaking down patterns, than you'll be just fine. I'll stick to internet patterns sense those seem to be written a lot clearer!
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This is a great first book for amigurumi in America, but gives plenty of information to help you take it to the next level. Yes, amigurumi has been in Japan forever, but most people need a little introduction to it here. So of course the book needs to have some beginner projects. There are 14 projects in this book. It is broken into smallish food type projects, medium animals, and then the larger Humaniods. While the food may be the sort of thing that is seen in Japanese amigurumi books, the other projects have a little more care and detail put into them to make them several steps above the rest.
Once you learn how to construct the body of the humaniods by following her great directions, she encourages you to use your imagination to come up with your own details ( while providing some great ones if you don't feel creative) to make your creation one of a kind. While this book is about crochet, if you look on her website, you can see that she is using knitting to make many parts of her creations now like clothes and hair. So there is lots of inspiration there. This book seems well written and I can't wait to see what comes next from this wonderfully talented artist!
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