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Amigurumi (Cozy)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2010
This book was the very last entry when I typed in Amigurumi (translated as crocheted or knitted toys) but it had a great "Look Inside" section which shows all the items you can make. I found that feature very useful for this sort of book and loved all of the cute creatures. The creatures include some clever uses of amigurumi including keyrings, a teddy bear head attached to a small handbag and a most unusual and enchanting chado tea set with tea pot and cups.

Another advantage is it being in UK Crochet Code instead of the normal American stitch names. This makes life a lot easier and you don't have to write out the pattern with the UK stitch names before you can safely make a start.

The book is written in a friendly playful style which makes it fun to read and also puts clothes on the animals which is unusual and fun to see.

I was not a beginner when I bought this book so I can't say truthfully that it is suitable for a beginner. They use the magic circle technique to get the toy started which could be quite tricky for a total beginner. Personally I prefer to chain 2 and then work the first round of double crochet stitches into the second chain away from the hook. However, you only need to know how to make a slip knot, chain stitch and double crochet to create all of these toys.

If you have any problems as a beginner have a look on YouTube and VideoJug for short films which show you how to start off. Also the websites Ravelry and Facebook can be useful for finding friends to help or just chat about your new found hobby.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2010
Having visited the V&A in London with my niece, we found this book and she was able to re-create these items with ease!

I gave it a go and managed to make my wife some of these (mouse, bear, and zebra) items. If a little girl and a man can make these following the instructions - anyone can.

Highly recommended if you wish to create a small present with a bit of thought and including some labour of love!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2010
This is a really nice book. I found it useful for learning some good crochet techniques and the patterns are so cute! I like the explanations and instructions, they're simple to follow and straight-forward enough for even complete beginners to follow. I'll be using this book for quite a while! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2012
This book is full of gorgeously cute designs and lovely pictures. I'm not new to Amigurumi but I started off with the simplest pattern which is the Egg bear and I was impressed with how easy to follow the pattern was. I then moved on to the Baby bunny and struggled to make heads or tails of the pattern for the head. Round four (2dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc) rep around 32 stitches, round five (2dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc) rep around 32 stitches, now I'm no maths genius but those number just don't add up.
Also there are discrepancies between the written pattern and the pattern summary given for each piece, written pattern rounds 6-12 dc around 40 stitches, pattern summary 7-12, 40 stitches. It took me way longer than it should have done to finish one small head and that was with reading rereading and then sort of making it up from other patterns and what I already knew from similar projects.
I was disappointed because almost everything in the book is on my to make list. If you're an experienced Amigurumi-ist then this book is lovely but it's not for a beginner in my view. Makes me wonder how such glaring mistakes were allowed to reach the published stage!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2010
I was looking for some ideas for my gf and just randomly searched plush and this book came up...

surprisingly interesting and entertaining book that gave me lots of ideas for gifts and after finding a few materials, i was able to make and design some pretty appealing plushes.

if you want ideas on how to impress a loved one (preferably female) and want to do something imaginative, you can't go wrong with this book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2011
I had high hopes for this cute book but I have found repetitive errors in the robot pattern which has been disappointing. If this was the first pattern you attempted and you read such a confused mess you probably wouldn't go on to do any more. Having said that the animals are very sweet when you have finished them but you need to keep an eye on the final size measurements as some of the photos give the impression that the toy is going to be smaller than it actually turns out to be in my opinion. Its good that you have charts to follow as well as the words so when the words are wrong you can double check with the charts but you shouldn't really have to do this at all with a professionally published book, I guess no one actually tested the patterns before publishing or these errors probably would have been picked up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2011
I love this book!!

I made a few of the toys as a fundraiser for my sons school and got some orders as a result. The patterns are easy to follow and as the ones I have used so far only use one type of stitch, I think they are suitable for a beginner.

There are a few mistakes in the patterns but nothing major and I have been able to work out what it should have been easily. My favourite so far has to be the monkey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
This is a good source for ideas for cute toys, but is really not ideal for beginners to crochet. The techniques section at the back is not at all clear and there are errors in a number of the patterns. I have made 4 characters so far and they have all been wrong in some way. If you have made other amigurumi and are familiar with how to increase and decrease then you can amend the patterns fairly easily, but it would be very frustrating otherwise. It also uses the magic circle to start which is excellent for toys and my preferred method, but does not explain it well and it does take some practice. So 4 stars because I do like the designs, but it is flawed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2011
I enjoy crafts in my spare time and enjoy new challenges. As I'd just recently learned how to crochet my knowledge was not as advanced as some of the other Amigurumi books required. I bought this one with no high expectations of what I could create and so far I've enjoyed this book very much and managed to create a few of the animals. The instructions are easy to understand and everything is explained in turn so you don't get lost and all wound up in yarn. Overall, I'm extremely happy with this book and it'll come in handy close to christmas and birthdays as they make really cute gifts!
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on 14 May 2012
I found out about Amigurumi through a friend who owned this book and had made some of the toys in the book. So I learned the basics of crochet to try and make these cute toys. Magic circle, which is one of the basic technique that you need is great once you figure it out but it did take me quite a while to get it as the instructions aren't very clear. However, as they were so cute, I persevered and started with a penguin, then giraffe, panda, egg bear, mouse, dinosaur and now making some ballerina bunnies. If you are really determined to try and make some of these cute toys, I would recommend this book to you despite mistakes and flaws but it's best to start with easy ones like a mouse or an eggbear before moving on to more difficult ones like the dinosaur. There are some mistakes in the instructions, which can be alittle confusing but having the written instruction as well as the table is really good as it makes it quicker and easier for you to make different parts. I often found that I could work around and figure out and correct the mistake myself. Another downfall to this book is that, it doesn't give you clear instructions on how to sew or attach all the parts together which is quite difficult. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners unless you are really determined like I was to persevere with it because I found it to be worth all the struggles and time I spent to figure it out as they are so cute and great to give as presents. I've also learned to adapt the patterns a bit to make it look slightly different. Although this book isn't perfectly accurate, I personally found this to be one of the best investments that I've made in a craft/crochet book as I've made a great use out of it and worth all the challenges that I've been through with it as the results are great. I'm not sure if this is the case for most crocheting things, but it helps to know your timestables (multiplications) or if you are mathematical.
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