Amigurumi Animals: 15 Patterns and Dozens of Techniques for Creating Cute Crochet Creatures
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of making knitted or crocheted stuffed animals, and it is taking the world by storm. These toys can be a simple or as complex as the maker likes--ranging from a tiny fluffy chick to an elaborate textured elephant. This book provides all the information you need to get started, with tips on choosing yarns and needles, and instruction in core techniques. All of the animal characters can be created using key shapes such as spheres, eggs, cylinders, and flat circles, which are quick and easy to stitch and put together. Includes clear step-by-step instructions for making 15 adorable animals, including a frog with webbed feet, a lion with a crocheted mane, and a cuddly mohair rabbit, plus ideas for creating your own unique designs.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Lindsayg - LibraryThing
I'm actually not as crazy about the style of the patterns in this one, but it has a great section on designing your own amigurumi patterns from sketches. It shows how most animals can be broken down into a few basic shapes, the same way you do when you're drawing. Lots of good ideas. Read full review
Designing animals from sketches
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