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Edward's Menagerie: Over 40 Soft and Snuggly Toy Animal Crochet Patterns Paperback – July 25, 2014
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About the Author
Kerry Lord is the designer and founder of the TOFT Alpaca Shop, a modern British knitwear company offering exclusive knitting and crochet patterns, alpaca yarns and workshops. TOFT takes British alpaca fleece from their own Alpaca flock and from elsewhere in the UK. Their fashion-led designs are available as both 'ready to wear' and 'ready to knit'. TOFT studio also hosts a full programme of knitting workshops and other textile courses for people to learn to knit from scratch, but also to develop advanced techniques. www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk
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The only tricky part is that it is British crochet. The double crochet that is required to complete all the projects is actually a US single crochet. The projects are three different levels with color changes, and special stitch patterns differentiating levels 1, 2 & 3. All projects are done with undyed Alpaca resulting in a all natural tone color palette. The yarn and color choice is completly up to you as long as you maintain the correct gauge.
Lastly, I recommend that all owners of this book whether print or electronic refer to the tutorials that Kerry Lord has posted at thetoftalpacashop.co.uk. and Crochet in the Round using the single crochet (Crochet Guru). Enjoy.
However, there are several negatives that kept this from being one of my favorite books. The necessity of flipping back and forth from the basic body to the one you have chosen to work can be very frustrating. You work certain rounds from the basic and certain rounds for a particular animal. You must also realize that a lot of the appeal comes from the yarn used. The author happens to be fortunate enough to have grown up on an Alpaca farm and be an owner of a luxury yarn co. All the animals derive their wooly huggable appearance from the texture of alpaca yarn, which is not available to everyone and is not especially practical for children's toys. Also, there are not really clear instructions as to how to achieve the individual animal faces. For instance the nose directions on p.117. Even with the photos. I was hard put to make the nose as described, and I'm no amateur to crochet or animal-making. A beginner would truly have difficulty.
I was very disappointed in the book. I thought I might use the patterns to create my own versions, but it is simply too much frustration and there are many other books and patterns available that are much easier to use. My book is being donated to our local Friends of the Library used book store.
I have crocheted several animals from this book, and my grandchildren love them all!
There are some mistakes in the patterns. Nothing huge, but mostly little things left out.
I've made about 10-12 of these animals now. They sure are cute!