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Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2010
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2010
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
on 26 June 2011
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
on 31 December 2011
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.

p118, Hind Legs, reads:

'To work the right hind leg, use MC to knit the right-most 17sts held on the st hold on one side of the left-hind leg opening.'

This should read:

''To work the right hind leg, use MC to knit the right-most 17sts held on the st hold on one side of the RIGHT-hind leg opening.'

(As you can see, confusions between left and right can get rather frustrating.)

Those are my finds. Who else has any?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2011
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
on 22 April 2010
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book as have been looking everywhere for a knitting book for these small creatures as all I have found so far are crochet.
I am very pleased so far, it is very descriptive, instructions are very easy to understand.
One wordof warning for all you average knitters, these are all knitted either on 3/4 double pointed kneedles or 2 round kneedles. So a bit fiddly but worth it in the end.
I would recommend this book to your average or experienced knitter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2014
I've knitted three of the animals from this book already,the jellyfish,the octopus and the spider,I found the patterns clear and well explained,I'd never worked from a chart before or used two of the increases but everything is explained so clearly I got on and did it! These are fun projects,challenging for a fairly new knitter but an ideal way to learn.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2012
This is a fantastic book and I really think it is underrated on here. I'd only ever knitted half a cardigan and half a scarf before getting bored with them and giving this a go. I did find it was a sharp learning curve to start with but I would say that once you've done one you can pretty much do all of them. People have criticised this book for not having enough instructions and pictures whereas I have not found a problem in terms of pictures: when I need more demonstrations I'll go online to YouTube and watch videos on the stitches, it's much easier.
So far I have knitted the aubergine, tomato, ant, black devil anglerfish, octopus and starfish and haven't found any problems with the patterns. Everyone comments on how cute they are! If I do come across anything I will go onto ravelry and find out the problem. The only things that have gone wrong for me was when I messed up myself or wasn't familiar with the stitch. I would definitely recommend this book to others as a great book with lovely cute patterns in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2011
great ideas but depends on you being able to use four needles, so my 14 year old is not able to make use of the book
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