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About the Author

Hisako is a crochet enthusiast and grandmother from Japan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449417515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449417512
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm familiar with the Japanese craft of crocheting cute animals, which is known as amigurumi, and in Long-Legged Friends, the mother and daughter team take it in a new direction. They designed a darling poodle, bird, pig, rabbit and others and I loved how, in addition to the eight animals, there are mini versions of each, appropriately called "little ones". There are hand drawn instructions and diagrams, and basic crochet techniques. If you find it easier to learn by watching, then I found youtube has a lot of helpful crochet tutorials that are easy to follow.

The creatures are all completely adorable and are the perfect size for a child to cuddle and carry around with them and their long arms are ideal for giving kids a big hug! There's even extra patterns in the back of Long-Legged Friends for traveling clothes to dress up the furry friends, including a scarf, hat and bag and adorable shoes!
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This is a fun, concept book that also turns out some very cute projects. Shizue, an illustrator, drew adorable little animals, and her mother, Hisako, crocheted them based on the pictures. As in any true artistic collaboration, Hisako doesn't simply reproduce Shizue's drawings in 3D crochet, but alters them based on her own creative vision. The resulting projects are these whimsical creatures, most of whom are slender with very long legs.

The book opens with a delightful 36-page photo gallery of each project. (Most are shown in at least two different variations.) The projects are crocheted in white, black, and browns, which creates a very uniform and artsy look to the book.

The next section includes an overview of materials (most projects use #1 sock/fingering/baby weight yarn and a US size C/2.75 mm crochet hook), a primer on reading the stitch symbol charts used for the patterns, and an illustrated review of the stitches used in this book along with the associated stitch symbol. Like most amigurumi projects, these are made primarily with single crochet (UK double crochet) stitches. The authors include some general information about assembly and finishing (e.g., how to attach safety eyes and embroider facial features), and remind the reader that customization is great and it isn't necessary to exactly follow the patterns.

The last section includes the patterns for 12 creatures (including 5 little versions). Each pattern includes a materials list, a numbered list of instructions ("Make the Fuzzy Bear"), an illustration with assembly and finishing notes (e.g., "Do not stuff ears"), and charted instructions for crocheting in spirals. There are also instructions for traveling clothes - a scarf, hat, and bag that can be made to accessorize your creatures.
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I bought this because the dolls in the pictures are so cute but was very disappointed. The pattern is hard to follow, yes, but worse it is full of mistakes. Throughout a size c hook is used, regardless of whether very fine or very thick yarn is used. There is no way to use such a small hook on such thick yarn. I found similar problems in other places. I have a decent ammount of experience following patterns, and for me this book is useless. Too bad, because as I said, they are really cute in the photos.
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I love this book, it is easy to follow!! Nice photos, a lot of patterns. I recomend it. The patterns are draw in chinese technique.
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i love having this book in my collection, however, i find it difficult to read charts in crochet myself, but i just adore all the patterns, and this is so unique.
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I made one of these special long-legged friends for my grandson that was born just last week. He hasn't gotten to play with it yet, but I can see it being one of his favorite toys in the years to come...
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The one star is for the pictures to be used as inspiration. The instructions are not written in verbiage. All of the patterns are in symbols and charts. If you don't read charts and symbols, you are out of luck with this book. It should have been stated in the description, or on the cover of the book that all of the instructions were in charts and symbols, had that been the case, I would have never bought the book.
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The animals are really cute, but the directions are very difficult to understand. It would great if the author could translate the directions into commonly used crochet terms and then post them on line
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