Vanna's Choice: Easy Crochet Critters (Leisure Arts #75266) Paperback – Nov 1 2006
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Leisure Arts is a leading publisher and distributor of “how-to” and lifestyle publications with emphasis on creative crafts, needlework, decorating, and entertaining. Leisure Arts is located in Little Rock, AR.
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While Lion Brand Yarn's website contains countless free amigurumi patterns, there's something extra special about owning a book of patterns with glossy color photos, and not having to print patterns out! This book even features cute extra photos of the animals doing such things as fishing and housework.
Probably my favorite thing about them is that, for all but one pattern, the head and neck are one piece. This cuts out the step of sewing the head to the torso piece.
There are a lot of things you can do to personalize or adapt the patterns. For example, I made the Emperor penguin in wools, adding an orange band on the chest for a little more resemblance to its genuine counterpart, and felted it.
They're tiny enough to create and own the whole zoo!
Upon the book's arrival, she immideately got to work and made a lion for me- I thought it was pretty cute even if it didn't turn out like the picture (how she wanted it to look)! She told me that it was hard to understand at first but then once she followed the instructions of 'what 2sctog means' in the back of the book she was able to understand it easily. Her second animal was a giraffe and it more like the picture.
being a beginner your animal will probably not be perfect the first time around. i chose to start making amigurumi with the animal that was a little more tougher than the others, the loin, and the end result of mine was pretty horrible. my mom doesn't think so (being my mom and all).
id recommend trying out the hippo or seal first. but be sure to read the tutorial in the back when you don't understand something.
As an amigurumi book, it provides a great variety of shapes and styles which you can either craft from directly or use as a basis for your own personal creations. Once you've created each of these creatures you'll have a understanding of how to create various shapes, cylinders, curves, horns, wings, frills...
The price is absolutely stunning for the patterns in this book. Most larger amigurumi books take a single pattern and use slight modifications to that same pattern just to beef up the book size. This book has unique patterns that can be adapted by the user without bloating the book just to increase its sale price.
Summary: great, unique, and absolutely adorable patterns with a value price