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Toys to Crochet: Dozens of Patterns for Dolls, Animals, Doll Clothes, and Accessories Paperback – November 13, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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About the Author

CLAIRE GARLAND is a respected designer whose sewn items for children appear in magazines worldwide. She is an embroidery and sewing expert, with degrees in both art and design. Claire is the author of Toys to Sew and lives in Cardiff, Wales, with her three young children, who inspired many of the projects featured in this book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307383067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307383068
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The piggie on the cover is adorable, and is child-safe; many of the toys in the book are not, because they have seed bead eyes and other small sewn-on bits. The pig has embroidered eyes. Even the pig is a bit impractical as written, though - it calls for cashmere blend and alpaca blend yarns. For a children's toy?? I don't think so.

And therein lies one of the two big problems I have with the patterns in this book. Problem 1 is the yarns - many of the ones the author uses are exotic blends that are not a great idea for a children's toy that would need to be washed, and they are expensive for use in a toy; also, many of the yarns are ones that are commonly available in the UK but not so easy to find in the US, and it would be tough for US crocheters to get some of them at all. But the book doesn't give pictures of the individual yarns, and it doesn't give complete fiber content, so it would also take considerable effort to find yarns here that were a reasonable equivalent. Contrast this with another book of crochet toys that I received as a gift, which suggests the sturdiest worsted weight acrylic one can find, for the bright colors and washability.

Problem 2 with this book is that many of the toys made following the patterns will not come out the way the pictures look. Consider the mermaid, for example - nothing in the pattern tells you how to get her arms to pose the way the photo has them, and they definitely wouldn't pose that way if you didn't do something additional - pipe cleaners? Wire twist ties inserted in them? Something! The doll arms would all be floppy and hanging down, without some additional support, and the book doesn't describe any such support.
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I bought this book pretty much on the basis of the pigs on the front cover. Why is it that the best item is always the one shown on the cover? Indeed, as a toy for my little girl, I think the pigs are the only ones I'll really make. Possibly make the shark and lobster for our beach house but the long dangly bits of the lobster don't make it a toy for a small child. I can't comment on the yarns because we certainly can't get them easily in Australia, but it seems to me that a cheap, probably synthetic yarn that washes easily will be appropriate for toys for use by children. A bit disappointing, and I certainly agree with the previous review about the lack of instruction on how to make things stay in shape - how does the bear stand? Overall, probably a book to give to someone who likes collecting toy pattern books.
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These are some of the prettiest crocheted toys I've seen--very cute and clever. The directions are very clear and easy to follow, even for someone who's never tried crocheting a toy before (like me). So far, I've made the basic bear, the mermaid, and the foal.

Of course, if any of these toys are to be created for use by babies, some modifications are necessary--no beads or other small, detachable items should be used. Also, no instructions are given for stiffening some slender areas of the toys, like the arms and legs of the dolls, and the legs of the foal.

Still, a lovely book with plenty of good ideas. Not for beginners, but confident crafters will enjoy it.
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These little crocheted toys are sooo cute! They have whimsy in their design that makes them unique and adorable. There are so many possibilities to "dress" them, too - with all the fun patterns for clothes. This book is a winner if you like to create soft, stuffed animals with unique personalities!
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I bought three different crochet books for my sister the new grandma. She loved every single one of them. She said this one had especially cute toys to make and a good variety of choices. I was having a hard time finding books with toy patterns but Amazon showed me many sites that were great.
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I like the book and think it is well worth the money, although I found typographical errors which made some instructions a little puzzling. Needed a better proofreader I think.
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These toy crochet patterns are simply beautiful! The book contains several animal patterns, doll & doll clothes patterns, and includes patterns for a crocheted bag, blocks, and cars to name a few others. The instructions for the patterns are clearly presented and easily understood and followed. One can easily make an adorable set of treasured toys with these patterns. If you like this book, you'll also like this book about how to crochet with fabric:Crochet Rag Rugs Basic Pattern Collection
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