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Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet Paperback – February 12, 2008
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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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The patterns are very simple and that's the strength of this book, in my opinion. After making several toys from this book, I was able to make my own "freestyle" patterns. I adapted her hedgehog pattern, along with the donkey pattern from the Kyuuto book (another excellent resource) and made an amigurumi alpaca. Go figure.
Although all of the patterns have the same basic look, this book, more than the others, has gotten me to experiment and create my own little beasts without written directions. That's a huge step for a beginner at crochet and quite an accomplishment for an author. I highly recommend this book as the first book you purchase on amigurumi. It will give you a good start, use up your yarn stash, and move you towards creating your own designs.
As mentioned already, the author has a lovely blog where she shares a few free patterns with her readers and shows off her latest creations. [...]
The only reason I give it 4-stars instead of 5, is that the instructions are a little lacking when it comes to face placement. The face elements (eyes, noses, mouths and other details) are added before the head is finished. It's done this way because it would be too difficult to embroider or stitch the parts in place at the end. However, it's a little difficult to position the face when you aren't sure how much larger the head will be when finished. (The shape changes a bit after stuffing, too.)
The book simply tells you to attach the face pieces and leaves you to figure out exactly where through trial and error. It's not a big problem, but be aware that your first few might have faces that are a smidge too high or too low, or have somewhat oddly spaced eyes once they are finished and stuffed.
I'd recommend this to anyone starting out- it's ease of use is perfect. While her ami's aren't heavy on the details, I prefer the simple adorable nature of each pattern. You don't get bogged down in creating tiny little accessories for each ami, which makes them kid friendly without tons of little parts- and just overall delicious! The simple nature of each pattern also gives you the opportunity to change and add as you please.
Overall one of the best amigurumi books available! I can't wait for her next book to be released.