Today I have a new book to share with you all called Mini Amigurumi Animals: 26 Tiny Creatures to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio. This book was just recently released by Search Press and I was excited to take a look at it and share my thoughts with you.
Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy of Mini Amigurumi Animals by Sarah Abbondio for yourself.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Mini Amigurumi Animals has a lovely hard cover and a fun and colourful image on the front. As the title of the book suggests, there are 26 mini amigurumi project patterns contained in the book. The patterns are:
- Polar Bear
The patterns in Mini Amigurumi Animals are written in the UK terminology but a conversion chart is included in the beginning of the book to assist you should you not be familiar with these conversions already. The reference section at the beginning of the book walks you through the basic stitches used in the book but not much else. There were no extra tips or instructions on amigurumi assembly or finishing techniques were included. This would have been a really nice touch and made this book more accessible for crocheters new to amigurumi. As is, I’d say this book would be best suited for crocheters already familiar with amigurumi and how to assemble them, embroider noses etc.
The patterns use either fingering weight or DK weight cotton yarn and a 2.5mm crochet hook. Each animal, when made with the recommended yarn size, is approximately 2 inches or 6 centimeters tall. There was a note that since the patterns use a small amount of yarn, that these patterns are good for “odds and ends” yarns. I thought that was great but no yardage or actual yarn brand information is included anywhere in the book. Without that, I may not feel really confident in whether I had enough yarn on hand using scraps or odds and ends. The only yan information incuded is that the designer used balls of cotton yarn with between 174 – 185 yards per ball so I guess if you have at least 185 yards in your desired colours, you’d be good to go.
The toys in Mini Amigurumi Animals are cute and probably some of the tidiest looking mini amigurumi projects that I’ve ever seen. If mini amigurumi projects aren’t your thing, you can always substitute a larger yarn and a larger hook size to make them bigger.
Each pattern is accompanied by at least one clear photo of the project but each pattern is brief and to the point with no additional support photos to guide you through the process. The patterns are clear and easy to understand.
If you’re looking for a cute mini amigurumi resource then you may be interested in checking out this book as it is chock full of cute mini creatures. If you’re you’re an experienced amigurumi maker that likes a book that just cuts to the chase and doesn’t need all the added supports, then this may be a book you’ll want to add to your crochet library.
If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of Mini Amigurumi Animals by Sarah Abbondio, you can check it out HERE.
If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:
- Crochet Foundry Magazine Review
- Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern Review
- Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Review
- Lovable Amigurumi Toys by Mari-Liis Lille Review
- Crochet Iconic Women Book Review
- You can find all my crochet book reviews HERE.
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Do you have a link for the best yarn to use for this project? I’m a beginner and struggling to find it.
The book recommends a fingering weight cotton yarn and a 2.5mm hook. This WeCrochet Comfy Fingering yarn could work if you’re wanting to use something similar to the recommended materials: https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1435384&u=2058030&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=
However, if you’re a beginner and don’t care about what size your toy turns out, I recommend using a worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook (or whatever hook size that allows you to create a fabric without any holes in it). You can use acrylic or cotton, although, I personally find acrylic to usually have a better colour selection, be cheaper and (depending on the yarn), less splitty. My favourite acrylic is WeCrochet’s Brava Worsted weight found here: https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1435376&u=2058030&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack= and it is the yarn that I use for the majority of my amigurumi designs and projects. I hope that this helps.