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25 Amigurumi Animals

Amigurumi is the hot new crochet/knitting craze from Japan that is taking the world by storm. Using the Japanese double ring technique, avid crocheters and knitters are producing these quirky, cuddly toys by the hundreds. The only rules are that they must be small, and they must be cute!

With this adorable collection of amigurumi designs you can create a unique menagerie of lovable knitted animals, ideal as gifts for your friends and family. The book includes the basic techniques for assembling your animals, step-by-step photographs, and a projects section with 25 imaginative designs to try.

The unique projects include:
  • Unbearably Cute Teddies
  • Puppies and Kittens
  • Pandas and Penguins
  • Bats and Things with Wings
  • Creepy Crawlies
  • Sea Creatures

    Annie Obaachan is passionate about amigurumi and all things crochet. She graduated from Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo in 2003. She has worked at several knitting companies and has contributed to many major craft books. Annie lives in Japan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
  • About the Author

    Annie Obaachan, a graduate of Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, has held design positions at several major knitting companies, and has written extensively for crochet and knitting enthusiasts. This is the fourth in her series of books that teach the art of amigurumi crocheting.
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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 144 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764142976
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764142970
    • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    I think I may own every amigurumi book available on today's market so when this one came today I thought it might give me one or two new ideas. Oh how wrong I was! This delightful book has variations that I have yet to see anywhere else. I am the type that needs a pattern. I can make a basic bunny, cat or bear without a pattern but since I make animals for children in hospitals, I try to find the most appealing patterns. This book not only contains very clear crocheting instructions, it also has a short section on how to design your own animals. The monkey in this book is the cutest I have ever seen. There are also two bears called Glum and Glummer which are perfect for sick children. There is a parrot that made me laugh out loud and the parakeets are too cute for words. The turtle? Best ever. In this book there is a puppy with floppy ears, puppy with fluffy fur, puppy with wagging tail, mini-kitten, crazy kitten, bad budgies, bouncing bunnies, rat attack (with a great long nose), the slow and steady turtle with a unique shell, hamster heroes, a beautiful horse, the particular parrot, floopy the fish (perhaps the only one I didn't care for), slither snake with a sweet beret, monkey mischief, glum and glummer bears, trunks and tusk elephant, baby panda, a very cute Mr. Octopus, dolphin days (not much different you can do with a dolphin; this is a typical one), little blue penguin, blind as a barn bat (uses felt for wings and ears), Slippy and Slimy snails with the best faces, Pond frog (finally! a frog that looks like a frog!) and finally, lazy ladybugs. Some of the patterns call for felt trim but I usually crochet circles or ovals and attach them.Read more ›
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    When I received this book I thought the projects were cute and inventive and couldn't wait to start on them, so far though I have been somewhat disappointed. Many of the pictures do not include all parts of the finished work, for example I made the fish and there are directions for the tail but no pictures of the fish with the tail showing (same with the budgie wings); there were also directions for making scales but I have no idea where they are supposed go from the pictures. So far I have also found a couple of mistakes in the directions. The bird pattern has several places where you need to repeat a series of crochets in order to complete the round but that instruction is left out. Also there are places where she neglects to mention you need to embroider the face, insert the eyes or change yarn color. I consider myself to be an intermediate crocheter and can usually figure it out ( I keep a pencil handy when working from this book so I can make revisions) but this is not a good book for beginners.
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    I collect quite a few amigurumi books for the patterns as well as the inspiration. Usually I find a book is one or the other, but Super Cute: 25 Amigurumi Animals is both.

    Some features used in this book that I haven't seen in others:
    - Adding felt/cloth features like stitched-on bellies and wings
    - Employing smaller-weight thread and smaller crochet hook to build small features like beaks
    - Additional embroidery-style stitching used to color-in features like facial stripes, the feet of the birds, etc
    - Applique'ing on seperately crocheted features (colored bear cheeks) similar to how we attach seperately crocheted limbs

    As for the patterns themselves, they range from "simple stuff" like the snake, to "ah, typical Japanese-style dog" (ala "Ami Dogs") to "whoa, budgies and an octopus?". There's a decent sampling of patterns, with both american style and Japanese "chart style" instructions -- being a visual person, I prefer the japanese charts with the american spelled-out stitches to fall back on.

    Most of the animals also come with optional accessories, which I'm not quite fond of but I can simply leave them off. Some might consider this a strong feature, particularly since things like hats, scarves, and those sorts of things can be used on other amigurumi's.

    The instructions at the beginning are very well written, so if you haven't yet gotten the courage to try crocheting, this would be an excellent book to start. If you're an american amigurumi crafter, you could also use this book as a reference for how to read Japanese amigurumi books, since you merely need to understand the circular-style diagrams.

    Overall, it's a great book. Some of the patterns seemed familiar to me, but others are quite unique so it's a fair trade-off. The instructional value of this book is high, and it is a good inspirational book for established amigurumi crocheters (and even includes a few pages on building your own patterns).
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    By J. Bass on January 25, 2010
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    My teenaged son gave me this book for Christmas, because he knew I didn't have anything similar and he thought I might enjoy this. He was right. It's been fun reading through all the patterns and completing my first project, the gray kitty on the cover. I look forward to making other creatures from the book. However, as other reviewers have noted, there are challenges doing some of the book's projects. A beginning crocheter might become frustrated. More experienced crocheters, like myself, can probably overcome the challenges and have fun.

    WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:
    1) There is a nice introduction to making amigurumi animals, which I found helpful as a newbie to this craft.
    2) The animals are very clever and look fun to make. (Love the rat & turtle.)
    3) There is a great variety of animal types... pets, bugs, ocean creatures, wild animals.
    4) The photography is very clear and shows great stitch definition. My only issue is that sometimes crucial parts of the animals are obscured by the scenery or by the angle of the photo.

    SOME CHALLENGES I SAW IN THE BOOK (This list is long, but really, I do like the book!):
    1) The written instructions do not mention joining rounds, but the charts show the slip stitch & chain symbols, suggesting joined rounds. (See my update below)
    2) Conversely, the charts don't always tell you how many rounds to do. Often there is just a partial chart to get you started, but then you have to consult the instructions for the number of rounds or finished length of the element.
    3) The starting ring of sc is not counted as a round.
    4) Single crochet is the most common stitch used throughout the book, however, a couple of the special stitches do not seem clearly described.
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