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Celebrate the season with this adorable amigurumi nativity scene. The kit includes everything you need to create Mary and baby Jesus, with a basket for the baby to lie in. The instruction book has full-color photos and step-by-step directions to crochet ten more characters for the scene: Joseph, three different wise men, a sheep, a shepherd, an angel, a camel, a donkey, and a star. These cuddly classics will be a favorite gift of everyone you make them for!
About the Author
Kati Gálusz discovered the world of amigurumi crochet when she wanted to make a unique gift for a friend. What started as a quick fling has grown into the love of a lifetime, allowing her to combine her need for creativity with her love of animals and great books and movies. After lavishing her creations on her long-suffering family and friends, she began selling her figures on Etsy and sharing her patterns on Ravelry. When she is not crocheting, she can be found with a book in her hand, surrounded by her dogs in her home near Budapest, Hungary.
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I own a few of the Thunder Bay crochet character kits. This kit is similar in quality to those I have purchased in the past. There are decent instructions and really nice photographs in the book. The book is rather small at 7 x 5 inches and doesn't stay open too easily. I can get it to stay fairly flat by breaking (creasing) the spine.
The book includes instructions for the following 12 projects: Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherd, First Wise Man, Second Wise Man, Third Wise Man, Angels, Sheep, Donkey, Camel, and Star. With the Sheep and the Angels, the same pattern can be used with different color yarn to create more figures. At the back of the book, there is a picture with a large number of angels (a heavenly host) looking down at Baby Jesus.
The “kit” includes materials needed (except glue) to finish Mary and Baby Jesus with manger: yarns in tan, white, blue, light brown, dark brown, yellow and pink; embroidery floss in dark pink and black; a D/3 metal crochet hook (3.25mm); a metal tapestry needle; one pair of plastic safety eyes (for Mary as Baby Jesus' eyes are embroidered) and stuffing.
While the author doesn't state which yarns she used, the patterns were designs for DK weight (size 3 light worsted). She does state that other sizes of yarn work as well but will effect the finished size of the figures.
As I prefer to use a worsted weight in 4 for my projects, my characters come out larger than the ones shown and generally take more yarn to finish. I like Vanna's Choice or Red Heart yarn for many of my characters as they have such a wide range of colors available. I pick a brand and stick with it for all of the projects to be sure my character sizes and colors stay consistent throughout. I am also planning on doing a second set with thinner yarn to use as ornaments on my tree.
The included hook is okay but I prefer to use my own for ergonomic reasons. Depending on which size yarn you use, you may need to go up or down on your hook size. Gauge isn't important with these projects but consistency in yarn size is. The instructions should work well no matter the size. The tapestry needle is decent and works well for its purpose.
On the whole, I like kit and recommend it to an intermediate or above crocheter. A beginner may have some issues as there are a number of crochet stitches and embroidery stitches that require some practice. I suggest practicing on spare yarn until you feel comfortable with the various stitches.