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Super-Cute Crochet: Over 35 Adorable Animals and Friends to Make Paperback – February 1, 2009
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However, I was working on a doll for a friend, and wanted to give it a shirt. The little boy pattern has a shirt. Perfect, right?
These are the worst instructions I have ever tried to follow. I am an experienced (15+ years) crocheter, and have been making amigurumis for the last 4 years, but I was completely unable to replicate her results. When I got to the shoulder, I was lost: do I make it in turned rows? In the round? If in rows, where does it connect back to the main part of the shirt? Then how many stitches do I go over for the next shoulder? I tried 8 different ways of doing this, and still could not make sense of it.
Also, I had to dig through the glossary at the back of the book to figure out that the author assumes you will make a turning stitch for each row, when not working in the round. Maybe that's the standard, but I am used to patterns always including the turning stitch, especially when working on amigurumis, which can have very exacting construction due to the small size.
Maybe if the author had spent less time on cute little back stories for each doll in the book and more time on quality instructions, this book could have value. Or perhaps she could have included some work-in-progress photos, or even just a crochet diagram (I don't much like working from these, but they're better than nonsensical instructions).
The nail in the coffin was when I actually sought out the author's blog and sent her an email, hoping for some help. I asked, as nicely as possible, for some clarifications on the instructions, some pictures that would explain how to do it, anything at all.Read more ›
This book is for crocheting AMIGURIMIs Which by Defination means "SMALL, Cute". Naturally they are ting abd neabt for collectors and or children's poket animals.
IF youi want BIGGER toys all you have to do is change the yarn and hook size upward!
However, as Rachael Storey mentioned in her review, the pattern for the little boy's shirt is entirely nonsensical. I wouldn't advise anybody to try making it. The body of the shirt turns out fine, but the portion of the pattern devoted to forming the shirt's shoulders reads as though the author just put in random crochet instructions and numbers and hoped no one would notice. Stitch counts are uneven, she gives no instructions for forming the extra rows the pattern calls for, and all you get for your trouble is this misshapen piece of tangled yarn with no clearly apparent way to join it to the rest of the shirt. It's a really sloppy section in what, from what I can tell, is an otherwise pretty nicely-written book.
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The animals/dolls in this book are adorable! I have made several for my little ones already, and am currently making more for Christmas gifts. My girls simply love them! Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
These little animals just shoked me as soon as I saw them! They are just the cutest tings ever. It will probaly take you in the least amount of time an 1 and the longest probaly 4... Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Chloe
The amigurumi animals are different than from other books, so if you are into amigurumi ,then this gives you a some new ideas.Published on June 3, 2011 by luv2shop
I have several amigurumi-style crochet pattern books, and this is by far my favorite! The projects in this book are much faster to create than the ones I have made from other... Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Lini
I have made over half of the animals and dolls in this book, so cute. Great photos and patterns. Everyone loves them.Published on February 5, 2010 by RM