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Amigurumi Toy Box: Cute Crocheted Friends Paperback – April 19, 2011
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Ana Paula Rimoli is synonymous with amigurumi. Amigurumi Toy Box is her third book of cute crocheted friends. She has also published Amigurumi World and Amigurumi Two! For those of you who don't know what amigurumi is; it is the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed toys, animals and inanimate objects with facial features. In Japanese "ami" means crocheted and "nuigurumi" means a stuffed doll.
Ana Paula first started crocheting as a child. With two children of her own, she was inspired to create these toys. In this
book there are 25 adorable toys to crochet and fill up a child's toy box.
The book is filled with clear vignettes of toys posed in artful surroundings. Simple crochet skills are required to complete the projects. Illustrations are included to teach yourself the required crochet stitches. Finishing techniques of stuffing, adding extremities and weaving in the ends etc. are included.
Flan, hot cocoa, cake and a hot dog set are perfect for the child who likes to play house. I especially liked the Little Bunny in the Carrot home. Santiago (my little Boston Terrier) and Little Kitten are perfect for imagine play and they each have a bed. If you love Unicorns, Shy Little Unicorn is pretty with her rainbow mane. Mom koala has a detachable baby on her back and there is also a Mom and baby polar bear with a fishing rod and hat.
This may be just the book to start getting a child interested in learning to crochet. Amigurumi is popular and getting more so. Ravelry has several amigurumi groups you can join. Joining a group is always a fun way to show what you have created. --Paula Moliver, Hartford Knitting Examiner
About the Author
Ana Paula Rímoli was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and learned to crochet as a child. She began crocheting toys when her own children were born and now hosts her own popular website featuring her crocheted designs. The toy collection is growing and growing, slowly taking over the whole house!
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This book (like the previous ones) has a helpful, easy-to-follow "Guidelines" section that shows how to complete the stitches required in the patterns. Most of them require little beyond chain and single crochet stitches as well as the ability to crochet in the round, and most are designed to be quick projects of a couple hours or less. Each one requires only small amounts of yarn and other supplies, so they can often be made with leftovers from previous crafting projects. In addition to yarn, you'll need crochet hooks (patterns use G/6, F/5 and E/4 hooks), scraps of felt, a yarn needle, and either plastic safety eyes or bits of felt to sew on for eyes. These little yarn characters make great (and inexpensive) little homemade gifts; they are so cute and they will be enthusiastically received by anybody you give one to!
The patterns are easy to follow and list all steps clearly. Each pattern is accompanied by lovely color photos (often several, showing the completed item from different vantage points) that are super helpful to look at as you make your toys. The patterns all have assembly instructions for joining together the individually crocheted pieces to make the finished project.
This book has patterns for the following-
Hot Dog Set (a hot dog, bun, ketchup & mustard bottles)
Mom & Baby Polar Bear (with hat and fishing pole!)
Garden Friends- snake, mouse and bird
Little Bunny & her carrot home
Sea Friends- jellyfish, cuttlefish, dolphin, and little narwhal
Santiago- a little Boston Terrier (he fits in a crocheted food dish!)
Mom & Baby Duck- they even have apple & bear hats
Little Pig & Mom
Tree Love (a smiley tree with crocheted leaves)
Mom & Baby Koala
Little Strawberry plant
Little kitten & bed
Princess Frog & her water-lily throne (adorable!)
Happy Little Sweet Snacks- flan, hot cocoa, and cake
Little babies- tiger, lion, bear and elephant (each about 3" tall)
Mom & Baby Fox
Shy Little Unicorn (so cute!)
If you already like to crochet and make amigurumi, or if you want to give it a try, this is a great book for you!
The lay out is neatly organized - just perfect.
Patterns and instructions are very well explained and detailed.
You don't need to flip back and forth between pages to work on any required parts for your toy.
Per project, a colored picture of the finished product is shown on the front of every page.
I find this very helpful because, as a beginner, it gives you a visual idea of how and where to sew the parts together.
The smallest toys measures about 3.5-4". On average, most toys are anywhere between 5-7".
I, a starter myself, love this book. Love it!
It's a lot of fun! There are over 30 cute little toys!!!
This is the first Amigurumi book I own.
First, I was bit hesitant and almost didn't buy it. (Would have made huge mistake and regret)
Because it's an online purchase, I couldn't flip through the book then make my decision.
I'm the type that likes to physically see,feel and touch whatever it is that I'm spending my hard earned money on. HAHA
Anyway, if you are looking to start somewhere in the amigurumi world, I highly recommend this book.
It's a great investment. You'll have NO regrets.