Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute

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Crochet is not just about ponchos and scarves anymore: it’s about amigurumi, a hip new craft trend! These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to grab their hooks and create collections of irresistibly funky-cute creatures. Elisabeth Doherty, one of today’s hottest amigurumi designers, is here to show readers how they, too, can get in on the fun. She explains basic and advanced stitches; shows how to make the critters’ forms by crocheting in the round; gives advice on yarns and stuffing; ...

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Overview

Crochet is not just about ponchos and scarves anymore: it’s about amigurumi, a hip new craft trend! These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to grab their hooks and create collections of irresistibly funky-cute creatures. Elisabeth Doherty, one of today’s hottest amigurumi designers, is here to show readers how they, too, can get in on the fun. She explains basic and advanced stitches; shows how to make the critters’ forms by crocheting in the round; gives advice on yarns and stuffing; and offers tips on embroidering facial features and embellishments. Start with an easy cupcake, move on to a palm-sized mouse, and work up to the more challenging and spectacular projects, like a punk rock bunny or a beatnik kitty—complete with black turtleneck, beret, and goatee.

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Amigurumi-the crocheting or knitting of small, funky, cute stuffed toys that take the shape of animals, humanoid figures, or inanimate objects like cheeseburgers or cupcakes-has long been a popular pastime in Japan; books on the subject in English are just beginning to hit the U.S. market. This introduction, with 14 projects ranging from a simple crocheted carrot to a wide-eyed doll with crocheted-in clothes and shoes, will appeal to the beginning crocheter. The easy going, humorous style; step-by-step instructions; and clear photos of each design make this a good choice for YA collections.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600590177
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,374,176
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Materials     8
Stitches and Techniques     16
Gauge     32
Tasty Tidbits     34
Not-So-Crunchy Carrot     35
Fresh Strawberries     38
Sandwich Cookie     41
Cutecakes     44
Cheeseburger with the Works     47
Skelly Fish     55
Further Along the Food Chain     60
Mighty L'il Mouse     61
Werner the Wiener Dog     65
Piglet     73
Friends Forever Fawn     79
Humanoids     86
Hep Cat     87
Benny the Monkey     97
Punk Bunny     106
Strawbeary     115
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    Love it!

    Amigurumi, the Japanese art of making cute crochet animals, has been popular in Asian countries for years and in the past, it has amazed me that there weren't more books containing this style of crochet available in English. However, it seems that the Western countries have finally caught on to this craze and "Amigurumi!" is one of the books on this topic. In fact, "Amigurumi!" is, without a doubt, my favourite of the amigurumi books that have surfaced in the last year or so.

    "Amigurumi!" contains 14 patterns divided into three sections: crocheted food (including a hamburger, cupcakes, cookies and a fish bone), crocheted animals (including a weiner dog, a fawn, a piglet and a mouse), and those four humanoid animals that you can see on the cover of the book. Unlike some of the other amigurumi books that I have seen, where the patterns are incredibly amateurish, made up of a series of balls sewn together, the patterns in this book are well thought-out works of art which would hold their own in a boutique toy store.

    Although, I would not recommend that a beginner make one of the humanoid animals as a first project, many of the patterns in this book would be appropriate for beginners (especially the food patterns) and all of the basic stitch techniques are explained in detail at the front of the book. The patterns are all designed to be made with the brightly colored acrylic yarn, which is cheaper than wool and which I have never had any difficulties in obtaining (I buy mine from my local department store).

    To use the cliche, if you only buy one amigurumi book, this is the one to buy.

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