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Product Details

  • Series: Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (December 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811860825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811860826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After learning the symbols the patterns are very simple and easy to follow.
Callie
I think she hasn't made enough rounds to make the heads like balls, but I can't figure out how to fix it.
I. Breese
I was a beginner when I started making animals from this book, and I was able to follow it fine.
Stephanie S.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jenny King on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have not tried this type of crochet before and I have been crocheting for over 40 years. But I picked up my hook and some scarp yarn and had 2 animals created in a flash. The animals got 2 thumbs up from my 18 and 21 year old daugthers with them begging me to make them for friends with new bubs on the way. I love the no written instruction type instructions as I believe that any young crocheter will just look at the simple pictures for each round and power on ahead. No deciphering long wordy explainations that bog most new crocheters down.Each round has a stitch count, a diagram of what to do in a round and detailed and consise instructions at the beginning of the book. I think that we may see a whole new generation of crocheters who started with these animals. I have been making stuffed toys from many books on the market recently, even translating knit ones to crochet, but the ones the kids like to pick up and cuddle are the Amigurumi from this book. I can't wait to try them all.... and it is a great way to use up the stash.I think IMO that these are for the young and Funky(but apparently if you still use the word Funky you are dating yourself) They have proved very very popular here!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Knitfan on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I, unlike the other 2 reviewers, have a high opinion of this book. If you can crochet in the round, you will find this book easy to follow. If you can't: take a lesson then try again. One reviewer mentioned the symbols used. Although the symbols are not commonly used in a lot of crochet books, the symbols are clearly defined on page 5 of the book and are easy to understand. There are only 4 symbols to learn. It isn't that hard! So if you want to create cute crochet animals, give this book a try. It's a lot of fun.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By fiber farmer VINE VOICE on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first amigurumi book I purchased. I like the look of the toys and I like the simplicity of the charts that are used. I've made several of the toys and have adapted some patterns to make my own patterns. My 11 year old daughter, who has never crocheted before, finished the duck (with prompting) in a very short time and is excited for the next one. She's making the tiny bear now.

On the down side, I've found that some of the directions are difficult to understand. I'm a long time knitter, so I understand shaping and such, but I've only just started crochet. The butterfly wings completely stumped me. I thought I understood what was being illustrated in the charts, but it didn't look at all like the finished product in the picture. I kept expecting to have an "aha" moment, but I finally just "did my own thing", based on previous knowledge, and finished the pattern--not rocket science, and maybe I'm just thick or something.

The pictures are nice and they're great idea starters. I would prefer that the patterns be put alongside the color pictures, rather than the pictures grouped at the beginning and the patterns at the back of the book. However, this isn't enough of a distraction to downgrade an excellent volume of creativity.

I'm very glad to have this book as my introduction to amigurumi. It's a great medium and I'm enjoying it, thanks to this author's introduction.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By XOSonja on April 5, 2008
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This book itself is darling with photos that will amuse and inspire, yet the instructions would be difficult for a beginner. If you are a crocheter already, you can figure things out on your own, but several things were left out that are needed if you are just starting to create Amigurumi. Perhaps there were elements lost in the translation, so be prepared to just go from the photos. I bought Amigurimi World right after this one and would have to recommend the latter much more for it's simple, complete directions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie S. on March 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is written a little differently from other crochet books, but I think that actually makes it easier to follow. I wish more books were written using the same symbols used here. As other reviews mention, there are post type drawings used to represent stitches. You can glance at the book and see very easily if you are increasing or decreasing stitches. I was a beginner when I started making animals from this book, and I was able to follow it fine. I have not found any problems in the patterns in my book, so perhaps this was a problem with older editions? My book also has color pictures in it. The selection of animals in the book is very cute and covers a wide range of animals, including those sometimes not seen in other books like the donkey. My favorite so far is the butterfly. A few small complaints: I don't like how the pictures are separate from the patterns. I also don't like the way the yarn used is listed (it is a bit confusing about what weight yarn to use). These are minor complaints though, and overall I highly recommend this book.
Patterns included in this book are: 4 different bears, 2 Rabbits, Dog, Butterfly, puppy, kitten, frog, duckling, sheep, elephant, lion, pig, tiger/cat, donkey, boy and girl, and seal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cspera02 on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I like the way the patterns are written in a symbolic fashion. A quick glance at the book and you know what to do. I found myself wishing for more crochet books written like this and have translated a couple of other patterns into this style. The straight forward directions made me realize how easy it can be and how needlessly complicated other pattern books are. The book is full of full color photos of each pattern taken from multiple angles and the patterns come later with a small b&w photo for reference. I would buy any book from this author (Tamoko Takamori).
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