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My Crochet Animals: Crochet 12 Furry Animal Friends plus 35 Stylish Clothes and Accessories Paperback – Illustrated, April 10, 2015
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1446305929
- ISBN-13 : 978-1446305928
- Product Dimensions : 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
- Publisher : David & Charles; Illustrated Edition (April 10, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is important to note that the instructions are given in UK standards, so those who follow US standards will need to keep track of the changes that they need to make (notably, the UK double crochet is the US single crochet and that difference changes all the follow-on terms, too.) The author has included a very usable conversion chart in the book. I find keeping a conversion chart at hand and checking it every time I change stitch makes a world of difference.
The animals included are: bear, raccoon, fox, deer, wolf (this is really cute and has a zipper in it), koala, panda, three little pigs (chef, butcher, and junior chef), and Mummy rabbit and baby rabbit.
The accessories include many items, such as hat, shoes, sweater, pants, scarf and many more.
The directions and suggestions in the book are extremely well done, even to the point of explaining felting (this is done to the wolf to give it that lovely fuzzy look.) The author gives great written instructions and gives visual ones for certain items. I don't think that the book is written for the absolute beginner and I would not suggest it to anyone as their very first crochet project. It would help to make a scarf and a hat first so that you can get some of the basic stitches in your head before tackling this book. I don't think you will need to have advanced crochet skills but try something easy first and then move on to these.
I am looking forward to stitching each and every one of these adorable animals. This publishing company (David and Charles) puts out some of the most innovative craft titles I have come across in years. I just wish that they might consider putting the US terms in, too, alongside the UK terms.
The pictures are so cute and I love all the patterns in the book. A lot of bang for your buck, I’ll be ordering anything this author has for my collection!
Attached is a photo of some of the cute animal toys she made with it - the fox, mother bunny & baby, and the panda & koala couple. :]
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You know it's cute, you can see the animals in View inside. Some animals are cuter than the others (personal preference). So far I have made 7 bunnies, 1 bear and 1 Mr. Fox. I doubt I will crochet the pigs, but the wolf's body shape looks super interesting!
The instructions of the book are not for a novice. This remains a problem as it was also an issue with "My crochet doll". You have to rely on the pictures a lot to try to assemble the parts.
So far the Mr. Fox' pattern has been the most confusing. First there should be a color change with the nose - this is not mentioned anywhere. It says start with black and it never mentions when to switch - so if you don't think of changing the color yourself, you will end up crocheting the whole head in black color. Obvious, right? But still.. I expect every good pattern to do that. Then no instructions where to attach the ears or how to attach the head and between what rows. Easier if you have experience, for a novice might be difficult.
There are a little things like that which annoy me, I don't want to sound picky, but 4 out of 5 stars is realistic for me regarding the quality of instructions - no matter how cute I think the animals are.
I have NOT crocheted any clothes so far and if needed I will update my feedback.