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Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from around the World Paperback – November 15, 2011
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Stacey Trock, author of the popular Cuddly Crochet book, presents a terrific new collection of cuddly stuffed animals from around the world, all made with earth-friendly yarns. Discover fun facts about the yarns and regions while creating a moose, panda, penguin, alpaca, snake, fish and a few surprises. You can learn the basics of crochet, as well as stuffed animal assembly, all while turning fibers such as soy, bamboo, organic cotton and undyed wool into child-friendly toys. --Crochet 1-2-3 Magazine
Crocheted Softies is Stacey Trock's latest book. She has designed 18 adorable animals from around and out of this world. Cuddly Crochet was her last book that covered 10 stuffed animals and baby items that matched.
The book opens with "Give a crocheter a pattern and she'll make an exact copy of the sample in the pattern. But teach a crocheter how to use a pattern and there is no stopping her!" So true.
Stacey will show you how to work the stitches through step by step photographs. You will also learn about fibers and yarn substitution. The fibers used in the stuffed animals are "slightly outside the box". They include yarns that are organic, undyed, banana silk and from yarn companies that give back to communities that are in need.
The results of this book are bright, fun loving stuffed animals. You will create your own menagerie from start to finish with Stacy's help. Which one will you crochet first? --Paula Moliver for the Hartford Knitting Examiner
About the Author
Stacey Trock is the designer for FreshStitches Amigurumi, an exciting place where her stuffed animal creations live very happy and fulfilling lives. You can read all about them on her entertaining blog (see link below). Although she has an affinity for stuffed animals, she occasionally gets involved in other fiber projects, including knitwear design.
Aside from designing, Stacey is a blogger, knit/crochet teacher, and yarn-store employee. She enjoys baking, practicing yoga, watching sports, and traveling.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've bought patterns from this author's website, and am taking her 'design your own amigurumi' course on craftsy.com. She consistently puts out patterns that are easy to follow and I always end up with cute finished objects that are adored by the receiver (even if it's for me).
I confess that I was really looking forward to receiving my review copy of Crocheted Softies from Martingale & Company for several weeks before it arrived. I really like the look of Stacey Trock (FreshStitches)'s work, and especially enjoy the larger sizes of most of her amigurumi patterns. I grew up receiving awesome crocheted bears from my grandmother, years before I ever heard the term amigurumi. These bears were some of my favorite playthings as a kid, and I love how Stacey merges the coziness of an old fashioned teddy bear with a contemporary look. I was also really intrigued by the the book's concept of making amigurumi with earth-friendly yarns. In my mind, amigurumi has always been associated with acrylic yarn, but in the past year, I've been looking at my yarn stash and trying to replace my petroleum based yarns with natural fibers.
I'm going to come right out and say that I love this book, and definitely will recommend it far and wide. The book starts with a several concise but detailed sections: Getting Started, Crochet Stitches, and Additional Techniques. Stacey's writing style is really conversational, and she gives some wonderful tips on substituting yarns, informal gauge, assembly and stuffing, and caring for your softies. She also provides patterns for "basic animal shapes" which are used throughout the book. Once you are familiar with the basic head, for example, you can use it to make many of the softies.
The book then introduces 18 softies, sorted by region. Most of the critters are made with one skein of yarn in the main color and then smaller bits of other colors.Read more ›
Mrs. Phyllis VanNostrand
I suggest interested people checkout her website - information is in the book. She is quite talented and knows how to put her books together! Keep these cute animals in mind for charities that cater to sick kids. That's what I did with my animal friends!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stacey Trock's designs are so easy to follow and build off of if you want to venture into your own designs. Love her patterns. I also took her craftsy.com class Woodland Amigurumi.Published 4 months ago by Skye Wathen
Love this book! Very clear instructions, and very nice designs.Published 6 months ago by T. Morriss
Love the patterns but still haven't had a chance to crochet any yet due to working 75 hrs a week but I will get to this winter.Published 10 months ago by catfish63
I LOVE Stacey and have two of her books and have made several of her amigurumis as well as taking a class on Craftsy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paula
Product arrived within two days and was exactly as stated in ad.Published 12 months ago by Teresa S.
I truly think this book may be my most favorite crochet book I have ever bought! It has everything you need to make and 'borrow' shapes from to make other things, just... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patty