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?
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….!
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:
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….
- 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.