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Vanna's Choice: Easy Crochet Critters (Leisure Arts #75266) Paperback – December 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Vanna's Choice
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc.; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601404956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601404954
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leisure Arts is a leading publisher and distributor of how-to and lifestyle publications with emphasis on creative crafts, needlework, decorating, and entertaining.  Leisure Arts is located in Little Rock, AR.

Customer Reviews

The instructions are easy to follow and understand.
M. Reynolds
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my mother, and she LOVES it!
Marianne
I think this is a very good book for beginner crocheters!
Diane Sullivan

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Sewing Honeybee on November 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
_Easy Crochet Critters_ contains 10 patterns; an elephant, hippopotamus, monkey, giraffe, alligator, lion, seal, walrus, snowy owl, and penguin (I would contend that there are actually only nine distinct patterns. The snowy owl and penguin are the same pattern replicated, with beak and color changes). The finished animals range in size from four to eight inches.

While Lion Brand Yarn's website contains countless free amigurumi patterns, there's something extra special about owning a book of patterns with glossy color photos, and not having to print patterns out! This book even features cute extra photos of the animals doing such things as fishing and housework.

Probably my favorite thing about them is that, for all but one pattern, the head and neck are one piece. This cuts out the step of sewing the head to the torso piece.

There are a lot of things you can do to personalize or adapt the patterns. For example, I made the Emperor penguin in wools, adding an orange band on the chest for a little more resemblance to its genuine counterpart, and felted it.

They're tiny enough to create and own the whole zoo!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne Beltran on July 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
My daughter wanted to learn how to crochet little animals, so she did a bit of searching on amazon and this was her first choice.
Upon the book's arrival, she immideately got to work and made a lion for me- I thought it was pretty cute even if it didn't turn out like the picture (how she wanted it to look)! She told me that it was hard to understand at first but then once she followed the instructions of 'what 2sctog means' in the back of the book she was able to understand it easily. Her second animal was a giraffe and it more like the picture.

Daughter's testamony:
being a beginner your animal will probably not be perfect the first time around. i chose to start making amigurumi with the animal that was a little more tougher than the others, the loin, and the end result of mine was pretty horrible. my mom doesn't think so (being my mom and all).
id recommend trying out the hippo or seal first. but be sure to read the tutorial in the back when you don't understand something.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marixstitch on May 20, 2009
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If you are looking for quick, easy to make gifts -- this book is for you! Easy to find materials (Lion Brand - Vanna's Choice) - adorable animals include: Walrus, Lion, Elephant, Seal, Hippo, Snowy Owl (love it!) Penguin, Monkey, Alligator and Giraffe - ALL simple and fun to crochet! Good price for the book too! I definitely recommend this 'little' book (In addition, it's easy to carry with you)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L on November 11, 2009
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I looked at this book and assumed it must be some sort of cheap pamphlet, but the pictures say it all -- the patterns inside are one-of-a-kind and absolutely adorable.

As an amigurumi book, it provides a great variety of shapes and styles which you can either craft from directly or use as a basis for your own personal creations. Once you've created each of these creatures you'll have a understanding of how to create various shapes, cylinders, curves, horns, wings, frills...

The price is absolutely stunning for the patterns in this book. Most larger amigurumi books take a single pattern and use slight modifications to that same pattern just to beef up the book size. This book has unique patterns that can be adapted by the user without bloating the book just to increase its sale price.

Summary: great, unique, and absolutely adorable patterns with a value price
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Morales on September 14, 2009
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Not having crocheted for about 30 years, it took me a little research to figure out all of the stitches, but most of the directions at the back of the book were clear. The animals are very cute!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Reynolds on June 16, 2009
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The designs in this book are too cute and so easy. The instructions are easy to follow and understand. Would be a good book for a beginner ready to advance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R.M. Miller on April 9, 2011
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Was browsing and ran across this book. The lion on the cover was so cute, the instructions easy to follow. Went home after buying enough yarn for all the critters and made the lion. Now all my nephews want one, and the eldest is thirteen. While the book is an easy pattern book, you do need to know how to crochet first. But I believe that anyone with basic crochet skills should have no problems with these animals.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MamaGirl123 on March 3, 2011
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I have made the seal, alligator, and walrus, and I have started the giraffe. These are very quick and fun to make, and the directions are simple and clear. That said, I am somewhat experienced with crochet, though I had only previously ever tried crochet amigurumi one time. Considering the number of patterns included (10-and they are all adorable), the value is excellent. I have already received a number of complements on my cute little creations, and my kids want multiple collections! I am considering buying a second copy as a gift for a friend who is relatively new to crochet. Great Buy!
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