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Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute Paperback – September 1, 2007
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"Amigurumi!" contains 14 patterns divided into three sections: crocheted food (including a hamburger, cupcakes, cookies and a fish bone), crocheted animals (including a weiner dog, a fawn, a piglet and a mouse), and those four humanoid animals that you can see on the cover of the book. Unlike some of the other amigurumi books that I have seen, where the patterns are incredibly amateurish, made up of a series of balls sewn together, the patterns in this book are well thought-out works of art which would hold their own in a boutique toy store.
Although, I would not recommend that a beginner make one of the humanoid animals as a first project, many of the patterns in this book would be appropriate for beginners (especially the food patterns) and all of the basic stitch techniques are explained in detail at the front of the book. The patterns are all designed to be made with the brightly colored acrylic yarn, which is cheaper than wool and which I have never had any difficulties in obtaining (I buy mine from my local department store).
To use the cliche, if you only buy one amigurumi book, this is the one to buy.
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.
HOWEVER. In this book it's written as " inc 6 sc evenly space(18 sc)...
which isn't nearly as clear... (another example here)
Rounds 8-13 of the pig are written " inc 3 sc evenly spaced(42 sc at the end of rnd 13)" NOT VERY CLEAR!.
In buying a pattern book, I expect patterns to be written out completely! Not done halfway!. Had I bought this in a book store I would return it. But sense I got it off of amazon. It'll collect dust. I want a pattern book I don't have to do much thinking with... Just look at the pattern and go... Now if your good at breaking down patterns, than you'll be just fine. I'll stick to internet patterns sense those seem to be written a lot clearer!
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!