Book Review and Giveaway: Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales

It’s a long time since I featured crochet on the blog. I haven’t had time to do much recently – in fact, I have a partially written crochet slipper pattern that has been making me feel guilty for quite a while now… But I know a lot of folks out there reading this are enthusiastic crocheters, so I’m really pleased to be able to share this new book with you.

You’ll probably know that Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting little creatures, which are, of course, incredibly cute. This book, Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales (ISBN: 978186108956, pub: Feb 2013), takes the cuteness to a new level, with some super-tiny patterns to crochet. They are really adorable!

I always like to have a go at a pattern when I’m reviewing a crochet book (any excuse!) so I had a go at making a cute little polar bear. Just how little is he?

Polar bear 2

First up, lots of positives – the resulting amigurumi looks just great, and the pattern is very straightforward to follow if you have experience of crocheting in the round. It is also very quick to crochet up, because it is so small. In fact, it took me longer to sew it all together that to crochet it, just because the bits were so tiny and fiddly (fiddly is not my strong point). The result is pretty sweet, I’m sure you’ll agree. Yes, he really *is* this little….!

Polar bear

Now a little negative point… although the book does include an introduction to crochet stitches and some information about sewing together the little creatures, it doesn’t include any helpful hints about crocheting in the round. So, I would say that this is not a book for a complete newbie to amigurumi – you do need to know what you are doing when you are working in the round. Having said that, don’t be put off this book because there are some really good little patterns here, and of course, you can find lots of information about crocheting in the round all over the internet an in other introductory crochet books. See how dinky the patterns are:

Frogs (Mini Amigurumi - Sara Scales)

Lions (Mini Amigurumi - Sara Scales)

Bird (Mini Amigurumi - Sara Scales)

Even if you don’t want to make teeny tiny creatures, choose a larger hook and some thicker yarn and you can use them for bigger toys too, so this is definitely a book to add to your library if you are into amigurumi. Another plus point is the inclusion of some great information about making your tiny creations into jewellery and charms, which is very useful if, like me, uou are not too familiar with the ins and outs of jewellery findings.

If you would like a free copy of this book I am happy to tell you that I am giving this one away….

Giveaway rules:

  • Just leave a comment to be entered into the draw. As usual, ‘pick me’ will do, but if you want to write something more exciting, tell me about the last thing you crocheted.
  • The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • I will do the draw and and announce the winners on Monday April 15th… So get your comments in before lunchtime on Monday to be in the draw.

Good luck!

49 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales

  1. The mini amigurumis look so cute. Currently I am working on a Schnauzer dog for a gift. I am using chunky wool with a 7mm hook so its size is getting big! (about 25 cm of height).

  2. I taught myself crochet last year and I’ve never looked back since. I already have a number of blankets and cushions and have just discovered this strange art of amigurumi. Can’t wait to give it a go. I’m just so addicted now to learning new techniques, I feel that anything is possible.

  3. I am just finishing of an amigurumi magic Cinderella, you know one that one way around is her in rags and then turn upside-down and she’s in her finery…really fun project. I would love to be entered into your giveaway, thank you!

  4. Awww – they are so darn cute!! I spent last Monday night crocheting with a group of women – I have a long way to go to be able to mae cute little pals but it would be a great book to have!

  5. I can’t knit to save my life but have taken to crochet which seems to suit me much better. I’m currently working on a box-y jumper made up of clusters creating a nice ‘waffle’ texture -trouble is I lose patience half way through so I’m thinking these tiny projects would be perfect!

  6. oh so cute, I love amigurumi. The last thing I crocheted was an amigurumi bunny, before that, a blanket – a bit of a change in scale there! I’m currently crocheting a t-shirt yarn rug

  7. What an adorable book! I don’t crochet nearly as much as I would like to, mostly because of the cost of the yarns I covet. The last thing I made was a wee baby blanket.

  8. I’d love to have a go at Amigurumi.
    I’ve crocheted quite a bit recently. The last thing I finished was just last week and is a cream baby blanket in hexagons, made from an unrun charity shop jumper.
    I’ve also nearly finished another baby blanket, to use up some odd balls of pastel yarn I had hanging around. I actually, finished this one once too but undid the border because I wasn’t happy with it. Something I seem to be doing quite often these days.
    Teresa x

  9. Just made a cat for a friend but at 15cm don’t think it counts as amigurumi. Would love to make a family of the little birds from this book, be great for my kids to put in pocket as a secret friend 🙂

  10. Very very cute! The last thing I crocheted was a flower which was meant to become a brooch.. and hasn’t yet (ooops).

  11. Me encantaría ganar este libro!!!
    Hace unos días que estoy haciendo rosas a crochet, quedan tan bonitas!!!
    Thanks from Spain for the giveaway!!!

  12. I have neglected my crocheting lately too but I just found out my best friend is pregnant so thought I’d get creative and make some baby items. This book looks perfect for presents further down the line too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Hi Ali, Thanks for chance to win! I have only very recently learnt how to crochet and have made some flowers, a scarf and am half way through a cushion cover! It is VERY addictive! Not sure if I prefer it to knitting, don’t want to commit to that! xx 😀 xx 😀

  14. Hi , I would love to win this book. I have crocheted in the past a little and I made 2 scarves this year. I have ms and would love to try a small project as I think crocheting is good for my finger movement. Thank you . kewankiw

  15. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway…I am currently crocheting miniature slippers which will be strung onto bookmarks….I have to complete 20 pairs. I am going to give them away soon to some stitching friends.

  16. That polar bear is so cute! I would love to have a go at some of those designs. Thank you for the chance to win this very cute book 🙂

  17. My eldest has threatened me with being “very grumpy” if I don’t aquire this book somehow – she would like two little birds to sit in her hair, if you please.

    The last thing I crocheted was an enormous striped red weasel. With wings. Don’t ask.

  18. These are really cute, and I like the fact that they’re tiny, so will be quick to make. I will pass any finished creatures on to my nieces – thus elevating myself to the position of favourite auntie!

    Last thing I crocheted: ping pong-sized balls for my cats to play with – much quieter than the plastic versions, so I don’t get woken in the middle of the night when they rebound off the skirting boards!

  19. Oh thaey are very cute indeed, The last thing I cricheted (ignoring my on and off flower squares for a some day blanket…) was actually an Amigurumi pig for my daughter.

  20. Oooh, I’d love to win this book – I could do with some small projects after crocheting a single bed sized blanket for my son……before I start doing a blanket for my daughter!!

  21. oh, i just inherited a bag of really thin crochet thread so this book could be my answer on what to do with it! Hope you pick me, Kx

  22. My first project (foolishly) was amigurumi, a teddy bear.. and I didn’t realise but I only crocheted in the front loops.. Oops!
    I’m currently making daffodils 🙂

  23. I love amigurumi and would love a chance to win this book, I am half way through crocheting a blanket for my friend’s soon to be born daughter!

  24. I haven’t crochet for a very long time, so I hope the book will be a good reason to do it again…

  25. Hi there! I am a new follower of your blog and I just love this little polar bear that you’ve made. I have to be honest and say that I haven’t crocheted a bean before – it’s on my ‘crafts to try in 2013’ list though! Amigurumi looks like a great way to get started!

  26. Hello. This book looks gorgeous, I am currently about 1/8 th of the way through a blanket and have just completed a very hungry caterpillar baby blanket and hat 🙂
    #veryhungrycaterpillar #crochet

  27. the last thing I crocheted was a blanket, I have no idea why I decided to make it double bed size but I got there in the end! In fact, I seem to only use my crochet skills for blankets so it’d be fun to have a go at something else! Thanks for the give away!

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