I am back with another post in the “On My Hook” series! Today I’m chatting about the new amigurumi book Crochet Cute Critters by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me, which is available to purchase starting today!
As I mentioned last time, I love trying out new patterns when I can inbetween designing. I have a bit of a backlog of makes from lots of wonderful patterns that I’ve been trying out lately, so I am going to try to do more of these posts. If you want to know what else I’ve been up to, you can check out my latest “On My Hook” posts here and here!
I was so pumped when Sarah reached out to me and asked if I would like an advanced copy of her new amigurumi book to try out. Obviously, I said yes (not sure if you’ve noticed, but amigurumi is kind of my jam).
This book is a wonderful addition to any amigurumist’s library, but especially for crocheters who may just be starting out on their amigurumi journey. The book contains an introduction on what exactly amigurumi is, all the essential tools you’ll need (plus lots of information about different kinds of tools and how to use them, including handy conversion charts and yarn details!), explores all the standard term abbreviations, and includes explainers with step by step photos for the basic stitches you’ll need. The book then finishes the introductory stage by covering everything you’ll need to know for finishing, including stuffing best tips and tricks and joining the parts.
Then the book jumps into patterns! You’ll find 26 different patterns for cute critters. All the patterns use basic stitches and shapes to create a multitude of different animals.
That being said, while all the projects use primarily basic shapes and stitch work, this book is lots of fun, regardless of where you are on your crochet journey because of the variety of animal options! Maybe you need to relax and make a cute jellyfish? (Listen, I’ve been there.) This book’s got you, fam.
And they’re not just your typical critters, but include some really interesting ones that you likely won’t find other places, like Victor the Viper, Xavier the X-Ray Fish, and Yolanda the Yak! That’s why I chose Xavier, because it was such a unique critter that I had never crocheted before.
For Xavier, I used Bernat Premium in Teal and Robin’s Egg. All of the patterns in the book call for a 5.0mm hook, but, since I prefer to use a smaller hook for my amigurumi, I sized down to 4.0mm. Xavier still came out plenty big! All of the patterns in this book make big, cuddle-sized amigurumi. In terms of the pattern itself, it is well-written and easy to follow.
Here are some pics of cute Xavier!
Are you planning on grabbing Crochet Cute Critters? What critter will you make first?
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