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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (July 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Narumi Ogawa, has been selling her crochet animals and accessories to hip, downtown Los Angeles boutiques since 1993. She started an online shop, called Mister Funky (www.misterfunky.com), in 2003. Her designs have been featured on pop princesses (Christine Aguilera), in hip, indie culture magazines such as Bust and The Face, on fashion/culture websites such as Daily Candy and Style Bakery, and featured on the CBS Morning News. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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I would recommend this book to any crocheter, even a beginner.
Miranda
Mostly the book contains patterns for adorable crocheted animals and their wee accessories (the boy elephant has a man-purse.
Sarah Panda
I've finished two projects from this book and the patterns are nice and esy to follow, as well as being very cute.
Yankee2NY

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Miranda VINE VOICE on July 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a really cute, fun book. It's half amigurumi patterns, and half wearables like hats, scarves, etc. I just finished making a water bottle holder from one of the patterns in the book, and the pattern was very easy to follow, and the item came out well.

I would recommend this book to any crocheter, even a beginner.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Loves dogs on August 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
After looking at the cover I really expected a lot of amigurumi patterns, but what you really get are a few basic amigurumi patterns of typical amigurumi animals that you can find elsewhere: bear, rabbit, cat, monkey and elephant and there's a whole part dedicated to accesories: scarves, hats, mittens. So if what you really want is to enlarge your collection of amigurumi patterns this is not the right book for you!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amelia on October 13, 2007
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I agree with other reviewers who say they wish this book included more amigurumi patterns, but I don't consider that a major flaw; the ones that are provided make great taking-off points for adapting.

For me, what makes this book great is all the charts. I have a really hard time visualizing a project from written instructions. I have to read through written instructions slowly and really concentrate to get an idea of what the project entails. With charts, I can tell at a quick glance what different stitches are used, and get a good idea of the difficulty level. Charts are not so essential for projects using only single crochet, but for doing things involving single, double and triple crochet, like flowers, charts make the explanation so much clearer. It's too bad such charts don't seem to be very popular...

It's important to point out, for people like me who are drawn to crochet because of amigurumi and therefore may not have much experience with crochet, this book does assume that you already know how to crochet; it doesn't spend any time teaching you how to do the various stitches.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lucie Peek on October 19, 2007
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OMG this book is so cute. Even the author's picture in the back is adorable. The projects are so much fun to put together and so easy. The descriptions are great and here's an exciting concept for those of us who knit and crochet - the yarn used in the projects is actually available without taking out a second mortgage on your house or driving 30 miles to the nearest specialty store!! I was able to drive to my local craft store and pick up four skeins of Red Heart yarn, for $1.99/skein and go home and stitch up my projects. Yay!! This is something that all crochet designers should take into consideration - not everyone wants to stitch up their cute little stuffed amigurumis with $20/ball alpaca yarn! But anyway, I digress. I've stitched two little Sebastien le Hamsters in two days and they're just so cute I hate to give them away, even though they're for my friend's daughter and I know she'll love them.
I'd also like to point out that no where on the cover of this book does it say that it is patterns of amigurumi only. So if you buy it thinking such, you will be happy, or disappointed, to find out that only half is composed of darling stuffed softies patterns. The rest is great ideas for accenssories, and they're sure to please. This book is another really excellent addition to my piles of crochet books. I'm actually USING this book, that's how I know it was worth every penny!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keith on July 22, 2007
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This book is great for a beginner. The patterns are pretty simple and much of it is a repeat of the last pattern with just a little bit added. The hats and such in the back are cool but you could find these in most any crochet book or online.

The book is good but I was wishing it had a bit more in it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Hayes on January 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
The first thing I'll say about Mr Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful is that the toys in it are super cute. This book includes patterns for 8 toys: an elephant, a French hamster (he has a beret), a monkey (or a kitten, if you make different ears), a panda keychain, Mr Funky himself (a bear), a hare (which becomes a bear with different ears), and a bunny, as well as a bear water-bottle holder. These are Japanese-style characters (the author spent her childhood in Japan, before moving to America) and are relatively simple to make. They are all made of simple shapes (mostly balls and cylinders), with no color changes, so are ideally suited to a beginner. After such a great beginning, however, it is a shame that this book is let down by its second half.

The second half of this book comprises a series of patterns for very similar-looking accessories, mostly hats and scarves. These are very ordinary looking accessories, with nothing cute about them at all. It is for this reason that I only gave this book 3 stars. I still consider this book worth buying, if just for the toy patterns, but I wish that the author had included more toy patterns and not bothered about the accessories.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
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I've started crocheting toys because it's much easier than knitting them and have several Amigurumi books in Japanese. I needed help in figuring them out and this book does exactly that. Her patterns are written Japanese style with helpful chart and list of rows with number of stitches. Also everything is written out in English for those who prefer it t hat way. Of the accessories, I do need a water bottle holder and might go on to her scarves and hats too. Highly recommended and I hope she comes up with another book.
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