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Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute Paperback – September 1, 2007
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Elisabeth Doherty received her B.A. In Fine Art from Columbia College and has been at the forefront of developing amigurumi into a fine art form. Her dolls and soft sculptures have been featured in CRAFT magazine and numerous art shows across the United States.
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I'm a long time knitter, but a very beginning crocheter, and contrary to some of the other reviews, I thought the directions were extremely clear. I learned quite a lot about crochet just from the text. The only thing I would add would be charts rather than strictly text directions, but that's a personal preference.
Have I said that the patterns are amazing? I went to Flickr and Etsy and looked at some of the pictures of what people have made by adapting the designs in this book and it's truly astounding what a single pattern can spark. I also looked at the author's own pictures on the internet and she is more brilliant than her pattern book. It looks as if her well of creativity is far from dry, so I'll be looking for another book from this author. I'll buy it!
Once you learn how to construct the body of the humaniods by following her great directions, she encourages you to use your imagination to come up with your own details ( while providing some great ones if you don't feel creative) to make your creation one of a kind. While this book is about crochet, if you look on her website, you can see that she is using knitting to make many parts of her creations now like clothes and hair. So there is lots of inspiration there. This book seems well written and I can't wait to see what comes next from this wonderfully talented artist!
All of these amigurumis use basic stitches with a lot of repetition, so these patterns are a great way to get comfortable with crochet. There are a variety of patterns for everything from fish bones and strawberries to pigs, deer and humanoids (animals in human form). I really appreciated that this book was broken into levels, so one can try a couple of fast easy projects before diving into a more elaborate craft commitment. Some of the patterns, such as the carrot can be done within an hour or less while the humanoids will likely take many novice crocheters weeks. I do doubt that the "advanced" patterns would really be considered advanced by anyone who has a lot of experience with crochet. I jumped right into them after making a carrot and a strawberry and did just fine.
Also, take time to read the text beyond the patterns in this book. It's funny.
and not even the cookies thrill me, but the 8 animals and humanoid dolls are terrific. Since I'm doing this for a little child, I have to change certain things like the eyes. Personally, I prefer crocheting dolls to knitting them and there are a lot less crochet toy books than knitting ones. The difference is that knitting makes a flat piece you have to sew up but with this crochet you work around and get body forms and this type of crochet is meant to make oval shapes which can be easily joined to each other. I'm very happy with this book and plan on making several and then hopefully figuring out my own Amigurumi dolls.