Our friends at GMC Publishing recently sent me some new crochet books to take a look at today we’re taking a look at one of them called Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures by Emma Varnam. I’ve reviewed a one of Emma’s other books on the blog in the past and I was looking forward to see what Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures had instore so today I’ll be sharing my review of Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures and what to expect from this new book fro Emam Varnam
Thanks to GMC Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures contains the crochet patterns for 10 different amigurumi animal stuffed toys. The animals included in the book are:
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Each amigurumi toy is accompanied with an outfit and/or accessories to make playtime for kids more fun. All the toys are approximately the same size so you should be able to mix and match the outfits. Some of the toys have cute little accessories like mini stuffed animals, food and more.
The crochet patterns in the book are written in the UK crochet terminology but a conversion chart can be found in the book to assist you in converting those terms to the U.S. terminology in case you need it. At the back of the book is a helpful and clear resource section that walks you through the basic stitches and techniques utilized in the book.
Overall, I found the patterns to be clear and straightforward to understand. The only thing I didn’t really love about the book is it’s lack of gauge information. A finished size is given for each toy but without gauge information makers have no way of ensuring that their toys will match that size. This isn’t a make it or break it point for most amigurumi makers but the reason it is such a hangup for me, is the garments for the toys may not fit properly without this information. There is some leeway when it comes to this however. As long as makers maintain the same tension/gauge (and I recommend using the same yarn brand and yarn line to assist with this)throughout the project then you have a better chance of your garment fitting your toy without the gauge information. I know a lot of amigurumi toy makers are toy makers because they don’t want to have to deal with gauge but gauge does matter when it comes to making toys like this. I don’t think experienced amigurumi makers will have any issues with these projects but it could be a point of frustration for a newer amigurumi maker that isn’t aware of this. To ensure readers are as supported as possible, it would have been nice to include this kind of information.
I’d recommend this book to experienced amigurumi makers that are looking for a collection of toys with a wardrobe. Kids will love these adorable amigurumi animals and have a lot of fun chaging their outfits and playing with the little accessories that come in the book.
If you’re interested in buying a copy of Cute Crocheted Woodland Creatures by Emma Varnam, you can find it here on Amazon.
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