Baby Beasts to Crochet by Megan Kreiner Review

Take an amigurumi adventure with me today as I share my Baby Beasts to Crochet: Cute Amigurumi Creatures from Myth and Legend by Megan Kreiner book review.  We’ll cover the patterns included, recommended skill levels, supports for makers included and more.

Thanks to Soho Publishing LLC. / Sixth & Spring Books for providing me with this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. I do not guarantee a positive review of any product reviewed on my site.  All opinions shared here are my own. 

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About the Author

Megan Kreiner is an incredibly talented crochet designer and seasoned crochet book author (visit Megan online as MK Crochet).  One of the very first books I reviewed was by Megan and every book I’ve ever read by Megan has always fascinated me with her ingenuity and attention to detail.

What’s super cool is that Megan is also a professional animator. Megan’s professional credits include working on theme-park attractions and animated feature films for world-renowned studios like Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Super cool, right?!

Some other crochet books by Megan include:

So when I was asked to review a copy of Baby Beasts to Crochet by the incredible Megan Kreiner, the answer was a resounding YES. Besides already being a fan of Megan’s, I’m a big mythology fan and couldn’t wait to see which creatures from myth & legend she created.

amigurumi book in a flat lay with fur yarn and crochet tools with text that says Baby Beasts to Crochet by Megan Kreiner review

Patterns in Baby Beasts to Crochet

In this book, Megan takes the most fearsome creatures from mythology and gives us patterns to create cuddly baby versions.  There 16 adorable creatures to crochet in this amigurumi book.  Those creatures are:

  • Phoenix Chick
  • Cerberus Pup
  • Capricorn Kid
  • Pegasus Foal
  • Unicorn Foal
  • Hippogriff Chick
  • Yetling
  • Kelpie Fry
  • Kitsune Kit
  • Minotaur Calf
  • Jackalope Kit
  • Owl Gryphlet
  • Wampus Kitten
  • Basilisk Fledgling
  • Luck Dragon Hatchling
  • Squatchling (baby yeti)

one of the index pages showing half of the amigurumi projects in Baby Beasts to Crochet by Megan Kreiner

This is an impressive collection of unique amigurumi patterns.  Each toy is crocheted using smooth chunky yarns (5). Then the fur yarn is slip stitched onto the surface of the toy, working through loops that were left unworked when you crocheted the toy’s base. So you’re adding surface details with the fur yarn rather than crocheting the toy once with just the fur.

Most of the patterns use simple stitches and have relatively clear project instructions but some of the instructions may leave those unfamiliar with more advanced crochet techniques a little confused.

Each pattern includes additional illustrations instead of support imagery.  I found most of them to clearly illustrate what was needed however, in some cases, I think actual photographs would have been more helpful.

book open to the page showing an amigurumi minotaur

Supports for Makers

The support material for makers is found in the front of the book on pages 8 – 21.

Pages 8 – 11 cover the materials used in the patterns on a high level.  From crochet hooks, craft glue, combs and brushes, wires and wire cutters, it’s all covered here.

Pages 12 – 17 cover all the basic stitches that you’ll be using in each amigurumi design.  

Pages 18 – 12 cover techniques like seaming, and sculpting your adorable baby beasts with yarn.  The instructions include some support illustrations to help clarify the instructions.

All of the supports include illustrations for the steps to be done. Like with the patterns, I found most of them clearly illustrated what was needed while some of them could have benefitted from actual project images (and more of them) over the illustrations in order to make these impressive patterns a little bit more accessible to more skill levels.

book open to the project page for the amigurumi gryffon in the book being reviewed

Conclusion

I think this is an impressive collection of adorable amigurumi creatures that is a great way for crochet enthusiasts to unleash their inner crochet artist to create cuddly babies out of the pages of legend and try new techniques. 

I would recommend this book to intermediate to advanced-level crocheters due to the complexity of designs and the patience needed to add the furry detail to the body parts of these crochet creatures.

If you’re interested in buying a copy of Baby Beasts to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, it is available on here on Amazon and Indigo

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