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Family Circle Easy Toys: 25 Delightful Creations to Knit and Crochet Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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I would have given it 5 starts. The knit projects are varied and cute. Unfortunately, I don't knit well enough to make any of them. If the patterns had included diagrams, or mid-step photos, I may have been able to adapt some of the knit projects to crochet (but no such luck).
The crochet patterns were hideous. I was never a fan of the stacked yoyo dolls, anyway (Popular in the 50's and 60's, usually made with fabric circles, strung together to make critters and people with arms and legs that look like a stack of pancakes), but these were the worst of the worst. Completely cliche - not even a touch of creativity or smidgen of originality. The ubiquitous yoyo clown - and (perhaps something original? Oh, no) a CATERPILLAR. Yep, just string together a couple dozen crochet disks and attack a round head!
If the two crochet patterns had been as "delightful" as the knit projects, I would have been merely disappointed. But I found the disparity between quality, variety, creativity, personality and creative pazazz of the knit projects, and the completely lackluster, unoriginal crochet projects - not just disappointing but offensive.
The two crochet patterns are so similar, they shouldn't even be considered two patterns. The caterpillar appears to be the clown without his hat and limbs. The pattern is so simple, that even many beginning crocheters wouldn't need a pattern. If you've ever made a flat circle or a round ball - you've got the pattern. Just make one ball, and lots of circles - string them together.
If you knit, you may enjoy this book. But if you crochet, don't bother. Even if you love yoyo dolls, you can find much more unique examples free online.
What a fun book! And I felt such a sense of accomplishment when they were completed.
All the patterns look fun to make. And each pattern recommends the type and color of yarn to use.
I can't wait to start my next project. Those penguins look awfully cute.
That said, there are some very cute and fun patterns. While the fair isle for the ears is a bit complicated (and not at all easy) for the newish knitter, the pig on the cover of the book is a fast project and worth the effort! I am in the middle of the dinosaur for my daughter and am looking forward to making the adorable penguins and polar bear.
If you are an experienced knitter, this is a nice book for making special and unique gifts. If you are looking for crochet patterns, keep looking.
The hand puppets shown in the back have been a big hit with everyone, and I have made 6 of them. I also figured out how to make them with circular needles so I could avoid seaming.
The pig was fun to do. The instartia is challenging, especially since the needle size is so small.