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Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits Paperback – April 1, 2009
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About the Author
Hansi Singh began designing knit amigurumi creatures as playmates for her infant son. Hansigurumi, a shop she opened on Etsy for selling her amigurumi patterns, caught the attention (and needles!) of knitters in the US and abroad, and became an overnight success. Hailed "an amazing up and coming crafter" by CRAFT magazine.
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Some seem very straightforward, like the vegetables, the earthworm, and the simple starfish- while others are more elaborate, like the above, the spider, and the hermit crab. All of them, though look like a lot of fun to make, and can mostly use leftover yarns from other projects.
While I have not knitted any to completion thus far, the directions are very clear and easy to understand, and they range from projects suitable for beginners to ones that would best be done by those of us with more experience.
This book IS usable, just don't follow the directions as written.
First off, get way more yarn than the book suggests, but this is the case with any knitting book. What sets this book apart is its call for circular needles. Forget about them. I went out an purchased a set especially for this book and have used them once to hold stiches for a pattern. Double pointed needles are the way to go. What Is nice about the book is that it uses the same size for every pattern and mainly worsted weight yarn.
The first pattern I followed was for the spider. You get some serious wrapping and turning practice on this one, especially the 8 legs (which are impossible to shove pipecleaners into once sewn up and I reccomend sewing the legs around the pipecleaners). However, when it came to knitting the cephlathorax, the wrapping and turning fell apart and one half was wider than the other. It had it's round shape, but I had some large holes to sew up afterwards. I still haven't figured how to alter the pattern yet so the wrapping and turning rows are balanced.
On the book's color knitting patterns, I'll talk about the jellyfish. The stripes on the side are meant to swirl upwards, however the color chart sometimes wants you to knit stiches that aren't there. The key should've changed halfway up to simply m1, not k1m1.
Problems like this are to be expected with such intricate knits, however they could've been easily rectified with a little more review before publishing. It's kind of fun to problem solve though, and aren't crooked spiders just as cute as normal ones?