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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International, US (24 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234352
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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I loved the wierd and wonderful projects in this book - from the simple eartworm to the tricky hermit crab. The 20 pages of techniques accompaied by step by step phootgraphs, and the very detailed line-by-line instructions are invaluable. Start your spring knitting with he perfect antidote to those winter woolies! --Waterstones Crafts Newsletter, June, 2009<br /><br />A MUST HAVE! SO MUCH FUN The patterns are very well written and all the kinks are worked out. The "how too"s are are clearest I've ever read, and her pictures that help explain the pattern are helpful and well integrated. The patterns are fun to knit with a nice variety of difficulty, allowing quick projects, or more involved quick projects, or more for the more accomplished/patient knitter. The simplicity and creativity are remarkable--J Hansen--Wonderfully tangy patterns. Well worth the purchase to get a chance to make these cute toys. Well written instructions every step of the way. --Treadwell--These are a collection of some of Hansi Singh's popular patterns. You can see many pictures of her patterns or buy these patterns individually on etsy.com or ravelry.com. She uses a lot of short row shaping. Excellent patterns that are very true to life. --craftzine, June, 2009; Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Typically they are kooky little animals but they can also be inanimate objects, like vegetables, that are given faces and limbs. This book has 20 knitted designs, including animals and inanimate objects. A knitting basics section will provide instructions for all the techniques needed to make the projects.-- -- --Paradisefibres dot com<br /><br />Book of The Month! If you love pocket-sized creations but haven't mastered the art of crochet then this book is just what you've been waiting for. It includes all the essential techniques, plus a range of creepy cute critters, veggies and a host of mythical creatures - seriously, who wouldn't want to knit the Loch Ness Monster?! --Let's Knit magazine, July , 2009--Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Typically they are kooky little animals but they can also be inanimate objects, like vegetables, that are given faces and limbs. This book has 20 knitted designs, including animals and inanimate objects. A knitting basics section will provide instructions for all the techniques needed to make the projects. --Paradisefibres dot com<br /><br />Author Hansi Singh says there's a lack of Amigurami patterns for knitters, and to remebedy this she's bought out this fab book. After all, why should crocehters have all the fun? It's split inot two sections - the first offers detailed instructions for beginners, and the second is packed full of patterns for you to show off your skills. Knit everything from vegetables to insects, Nessie and even a perfectly sculpted earthworm. We promise you'll fall in love with the cute characters, and it won't be long untill you're an obsessed Amigurumi knitter yourself. -- --Knit Today, October, 2009

If you've been longing to knit a cute Japanese-inspired toy but don't croceht, then fret no more because Hansi Singh's book, Amigurami Knits, is just what you've been waiting for. This quirky book includes patterns for sea creatures, garden critters, and vegatables, plus three mythical beasts, giving knitters the opportunity to join in the fun and decorate their enviroment with unusual characters or perhaps give them as gifts. The book is well thoguhg-out and as wella s clear written instructions it inlcudes photos of the mroe complex stages of critter creation. --Simply Knitting, October, 2009

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Typically they are kooky little animals but they can also be inanimate objects, like vegetables, that are given faces and limbs. This book has 20 knitted designs, including animals and inanimate objects. A knitting basics section will provide instructions for all the techniques needed to make the projects.-- --Paradisefibres dot com--

About the Author

Hansi Singh began designing knit amigurumi creatures as playmates for her infant son. Hansigurumi, a shop she opened on Etsy for selling her amigurumi patterns, caught the attention (and needles!) of knitters in the US and abroad, and became an overnight success and has been hailed "an amazing up and coming crafter" by CRAFT magazine.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Narapoia on 19 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
There are some fantastic patterns in this book ranging from the simple to the more complex. I've already made the snail and bits of hermit crab and sea star (adapting them for various uses including Christmas decorations!).
The instructions are reasonably clear for the most part, but could do with clearer pictures and more photos of the more complicated directions. This is essentially engineering in wool, and it can be tricky to get your head round exactly what is intended. Pictures of the completed items from other angles would have been useful, for example so that you can clearly see whether the base of the snail is in stocking stitch or reverse stocking stitch so you can work out where the instructions are taking you.
The errors are irritating, however. The last 2 rows of the base of the snail are missing, for example, and this is NOT covered in the errata on the publisher's website. Indeed one of the corrections published is in itself incorrect! Perhaps people writing scathing criticisms of other peoples reviews should check their facts first.
I've tried to contact the author via Ravelry but no response to date and her Etsy shop no longer seems to be in operation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Walker on 13 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
Half good half bad here -

Many of the patterns here are worthwhile and really inventive, the design and ingenuity is very impressive and if you get to the end, the results are enchanting. Most of the instructions are very well presented and the whole book has a nice friendly feel and lots of information.

However, there are genuine mistakes throughout, and many more places where the instructions are ambiguous or misleading. I'm glad I own it, but my copy is stuffed full of my own notes and corrections on almost every page and this is certainly NOT a book for beginners. I found many of these patterns utterly infuriating, but I have certainly learned alot and improved my knitting through working with this book, at least partly because of the necessity to unravel and work around all the flaws. I wish I could give this a better rating because I love most everything included here and how it's put together, but the mistakes are just too many and too significant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Dodson on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I have never had so much fun from a book before. These patterns are easier if you have the set of skills required for knitting any Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater, but the instructions are provided and well worth sticking with. The results are breathtaking and addictive. I knitted the snail yesterday. It starts off all in a line on the needles, you increase, decrease a bit and when you cast off, it curls into a beautiful shell shape all on its own, genious. I now believe nobody has a complete life without a knitted octopus, they are beautiful. If you only buy one knitted toy book, especially for boys ( and I have loads, books not boys), make it this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hello on 31 Dec. 2011
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The knitting patterns are gorgeous - witty, stylish, realistic and inventive, and have practically spoiled me for other animal designs. In addition, the author has a page on Ravelry.com where you can buy and download other patters, which I'd also recommend. The patterns are tricky and fiddly as all get-out, but once you've gotten a taste for them they become a delight.

I'd also like to put in a word for the intro material, which explains how to do various stitches and methods in some of the clearest writing I've yet encountered. Explaining any knitting pattern on the page is difficult (which is why YouTube videos are such a boon), but this book is very good at it.

But ... as other people have said, there are mistakes. Lots of mistakes. Which is frustrating in any knitting pattern, but in patterns as incredibly complicated and fine-detailed as these, it's head-bangingly frustrating. And when the results are so awesome, it moves me beyond head-banging to crying 'Why do you hurt us when we love you so?!'

So, as a public service, I'd like to propose that readers list the mistakes they've found and the corrections they've had to make here. Here's mine so far:

Another reviewer called attention to this:
(...)

which is very helpful, but it's incomplete. I'd like to add:

Common octopus. (A favourite: quick to make, hilarious and a great gift.)

p 58, Mantle and head:

Round 2:

The book reads '*KRL, K1, repeat to end of round.'
You should '*KRL, repeat to end of round.'

Round 4:

The book reads, '*KRL, K1, repeat to end of round.'
You should '*KRL, repeat to end of round.'

Jackalope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Breen on 7 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is such a cute book! Before I bought this book I hadn't knitted in the round before but it had such clear instructions and really nice pictures to help you along I found it no problem to learn. All of the designs are really cute too and I can't wait to make them all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anica on 22 April 2010
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This book is wonderful. I bought it when I was not a very experienced knitter and I learnt quite a lot by just knitting the patterns in it - starting with the earthworm. Skills/techniques learned included short-row shaping, Kitchener stitch and left- and right-leaning increases. Clear, accessible and well illustrated instructions and truly inspiring ideas! I have now made four earthworms, the octopus, the snail, the kraken and the ant (as well as a couple of other patterns not in the book which I bought from Ravelry)

As you can see, I completely disagree with the reviewer who gave it one star. These days any errata can be found online with minimum effort. I'd give this book six if I could.
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