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Super-Cute Crochet: Over 35 Adorable Animals and Friends to Make Paperback – February 1, 2009

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Nicki Trench is the founder of Laughing Hens, an online business selling yarns and fabrics. She is an expert on domestic hand crafts and author of several books on the subject including "The Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting", "The Cool Girl's Guide to Crochet", "The Complete Guide to Knitting & Crochet", and "How to Sew."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906525404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906525408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachael M. Storey on January 9, 2012
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The animals are cute, but really nothing all that special... you can find comparable patterns for free by searching around on the web.

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?

Wrong.

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.
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Super-Cute Crochet: Over 35 Adorable Animals and Friends to Make is a fun book if you love to crochet Amigurumi toys! I found this book to be full of lovely patterns and pictures -- all easy to do! Since I create toys and dolls for my grandchildren and hope to donate more handmade toys to a hospital nearby, the more patterns that I can get, the better! I, personally, love the book! If you are only looking for ONE extremely easy and inexpensive book -- I recommend buying Easy Crochet Critters (Leisure Arts #75266) by Lion Brand Yarn; however, if you are looking forward to making a large amount of toys -- BUY THIS BOOK!
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Since I AM purchasing this book which isn't here yet, this is more of a review criticism of the negative comment that the animals are "tiny"
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!
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This is a must have if you are into creating small cute stuff animals. The subject matter gives all different ideas and you will love making these for you or your friends and family members.
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I got this pattern book in order to make the two humanoid dolls featured on the first few pages. I found the instructions and diagrams to be very clearly written for the most part, and each crochet term was clearly defined right on the same page, so it was perfect for beginners. Most of the pertinent terms were even illustrated in the back. I often find it hard to follow crochet instructions, but the majority of the instructions on these pages were refreshingly easy to understand.

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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I'm a new grandma and wanted to crochet something special for the little one. She loves stuffed animals and this book of patterns had a ton of ideas. Some of the choices were quite easy while others took time and thought to finish them. The end results were wonderful and are cherished by my granddaughter and daughter alike. The book section on Amazon also had other books that were available and I ended up buying four of them altogether.
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I first purchased this book at the local craft store and I liked it so much that I chose to use Amazon in order to send it to a friend! It first caught my eye because of the modern style of photos included, which sets it apart from some of the other crochet books that I own or have seen. This book is perfect for a beginner; I was new to crochet when I bought this book and I was able to make the dolls using the patterns inside. It is by far my favorite book for crocheting toys.
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