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Star Wars Crochet (Crochet Kits) Hardcover – May 1, 2015
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Lucy Collin learned to crochet as a child, taught by her grandmother. But it wasn’t until she had children of her own and discovered she could use her slightly rusty crochet skills to create amigurumi characters and cute toys that her obsession was born. Nine years later, Lucy has combined her passion for designing creatures and characters with her love of science fiction and fantasy. She has published patterns in magazines such as Inside Crochet and Crochet Gifts and created the patterns for the book Hollywood Crochet. Lucy Collin lives in West Sussex, England.
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The colors of yarn included are: white, black, pale green, beige, and brown. Also included is a tapestry needle for seaming the figures and adding features with yarn, an inexpensive crochet hook in size 3.50 (US E/4), four plastic safety eyes and fiberfill. There are also fairly detailed instructions including many diagrams. Unfortunately, there are no directions included for how to place the safety eyes. I am sure that this information can be found on the internet with a simple search. The directions do tell you exactly where to place the eyes. I must admit that I won't be using these eyes but will instead find ones that I can purchase so all of my figures will be consistent. Either that or I will embroider eyes on using basic satin stitches.
While the yarn in this kit is very nice, I will be using my own stash to be sure that the sizes, colors, look, and feel of my characters are consistent. The instructions are detailed but I don't think that this is a project for most beginners. It uses techniques that crocheters with a bit more experience would feel comfortable with. If you are a beginner, just be sure you have access to someone or a website that can give you answers if you have any questions about the instructions.
The book includes instructions for 12 Star Wars figures: Yoda, Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Princess Leia, Wicket the Ewok, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Jabba the Hutt. In addition to the patterns, there are many pictures of scenes of the characters from the actual movies - really fun for any Star Wars fan to have included.
The hook is okay but I prefer to use my own for ergonomic reasons. The characters look to be fairly small - if you want to make them larger, use thicker yarn and larger hooks. The instructions should work well no matter the size. The tapestry needle is decent and works well for its purpose.
I have purchased and crocheted other kits from this company (the Peanuts and Classic Disney) as well as one distributed by another company but which looks exactly like this brand with a slightly different box (Disney Winnie the Pooh). The instructions in the kits are all very similar as are the materials. I have been very impressed with the previous kits and believe this one will be just as good.
On the whole, I really like the kit and the instructions and recommend it to an intermediate or above crocheter without hesitation.
The instructions aren't presented with a beginner in mind. Not sure this is entirely the fault of Lucy Collin's the author. If you are a beginner, and ambitious, you can you-tube plenty of tutorials to help you through. As an intermediate to advanced crocheter myself, I find these instructions fair. I'm not familiar with needlepoint and the explanations in this book are very vague when it comes to the finishing touches that require the needlepoint skill set (you-tube helps in this area). Also stuffing is a big part of shaping the dolls and the book does not do a good job of offering tips in that department. I found while making Yoda it was better to stuff him at different intervals than what was suggested. My last gripe regarding the instruction book itself is that it is soft-covered and glue bound in a way that does not stay open to the page you are working on.
Materials: As one reviewer pointed out, the washers for the safety eyes are almost useless. I had to figure out a way to stretch them out to get them to work. Very frustrating. The yarn it comes with frays really easily so you have to be extra careful.
Personally, I would prefer to pay a bit more and have the kit come with more of the materials needed to make at least most of the projects. Finding the correct size and color of eyes is not always easy and color matching the yarn is a challenge to get an authentic look.
Overall: If you love Star Wars and crochet and are looking for inspiration I recommend this kit. Just be aware there may be some researching of online tutorials needed. You'll also need access to a well stocked specialty yarn store. Michael's and JoAnn's Fabrics don't carry the safety eyes and color matching yarn is challenging. There is no listing with this kit of brands that carry the yarns used to make the rest of the dolls so you are on your own. Despite the negatives I'm excited to try and make as many of these as I can!
Update: There is an error on page 19 of Yoda's robe section. Row 6 should end with a ch 1 turn. Also on page 18 at the top Round 20 I only did BLO (back loops only) for the regular stitches. I went in both loops for the 3dc pop stitches to make the toes stand out more and I think it helps him balance better.
And a note for beginners: when the instructions say 'x' in next st (at the beginning of a row when not working in the round) they mean not the chain but into the last single crochet you made from the previous round. Things like this are not explained in the book.