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Vanna's Choice: Easy Crochet Critters (Leisure Arts #75266) [Paperback]

Lion Brand Yarn
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Nov. 1 2006 Vanna's Choice
Vanna White, the popular TV game show co-host and America's favorite crocheter, presents 10 little amigurumi animals that will capture your heart. From the alligator to the walrus, each of the 10 creatures can rest in the palm of your hand. Just think how much fun you'll have crocheting the whole zoo, especially when you use Vanna's Choice and Vanna's Choice Baby yarns from the Lion Brand Yarn Company. Enjoy the adventure of crocheting these winsome, wild creatures. They are wonderful to keep or to share! 10 designs to crochet using medium weight yarn: elephant, hippo, monkey, giraffe, alligator, lion, seal, walrus, penguin, and snowy owl. Sizes range from 4" to 8" tall. 

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crochet Jan. 2 2013
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I love amigurumi and this collection is adorable. I will be having many hours of run crochetting these little critters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 5 2013
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The patterns in the book are easy to follow and the critters you create are simply adorable! And, it's an amazing price for a book that will keep you busy for hours of fun crochet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mini Zoo Nov. 11 2009
By Sunny Sewing Honeybee - Published on
_Easy Crochet Critters_ contains 10 patterns; an elephant, hippopotamus, monkey, giraffe, alligator, lion, seal, walrus, snowy owl, and penguin (I would contend that there are actually only nine distinct patterns. The snowy owl and penguin are the same pattern replicated, with beak and color changes). The finished animals range in size from four to eight inches.

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!
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my daughters first amigurumi book July 20 2010
By Roxanne Beltran - Published on
My daughter wanted to learn how to crochet little animals, so she did a bit of searching on amazon and this was her first choice.
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.

Daughter's testamony:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute easy quick patterns! May 20 2009
By Marixstitch - Published on
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If you are looking for quick, easy to make gifts -- this book is for you! Easy to find materials (Lion Brand - Vanna's Choice) - adorable animals include: Walrus, Lion, Elephant, Seal, Hippo, Snowy Owl (love it!) Penguin, Monkey, Alligator and Giraffe - ALL simple and fun to crochet! Good price for the book too! I definitely recommend this 'little' book (In addition, it's easy to carry with you)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars relatively easy directions Sept. 14 2009
By L. Morales - Published on
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Not having crocheted for about 30 years, it took me a little research to figure out all of the stitches, but most of the directions at the back of the book were clear. The animals are very cute!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, unique, and best of all a value! Nov. 11 2009
By Jennifer Leising - Published on
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I looked at this book and assumed it must be some sort of cheap pamphlet, but the pictures say it all -- the patterns inside are one-of-a-kind and absolutely adorable.

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
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