Get to Know Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 by Lee Sartori – Book Review

Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 by author Lee Sartori has now been released and fans of the phenomenally popular japanese game and tv series can make even more crochet pokemon toys. Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 contains the patterns to create 20 different pokémon toys. Today I’ll share with you my review of Pokemon Crochet Vol 2 and thanks to David & Charles, I have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky winner! Keep reading to learn more about the book and how to enter the giveaway.

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If you read my review of the first official pokemon crochet book, Pokemon Crochet by Sabrina Somers, you might recall that we have a couple of pokémon trainers living at my house.  

My husband has been a pokémon fan since he was a child and has instilled his love of the pokémon universe with our children. So my family goes a bit crazy when they see the Pokémon Crochet books and can’t wait for mom to make them each the perfect pokémon plushie.

Cover of Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 on a white background next to some blue and red yarn

A Bit About The Author

Lee Sartori is a crochet designer (known online at Coco Crochet Lee) and is an experienced author and I was curious to see what she would bring to Volume 2 and what things she would potentially change.  

She is the author of Harry Potter Crochet Wizardry, The Modern Guide to Textured Crochet and Friends: The One with the Crochet. She is also a guest host on the popular PBS series Knit and Crochet Now.  While she is typically known as a designer of wearable garments and accessory designs, she has recently spent more time designing adorable amigurumi toys.

Patterns Available in Pokémon Crochet Vol 2

This volume contains an entirely new set of different pokemon toys for the ultimate pokemon fan with crochet skills to make.  They patterns are:

  • Beginner:
    • Snom
    • Munchlax
    • Clefairy
    • Chansey
    • Scorbunny
  • Intermediate:
    • Glaceon
    • Growlithe
    • Mew
    • Espeon
    • Umbreon
    • Mimikyu
    • Sylveon
    • Leafeon
  • Advanced
    • Chimchar
    • Turtwig
    • Piplup
    • Slowpoke
    • Mareep
    • Cubone
    • Riolu
two  amigurumi toys made with the patterns in Pokémon Crochet Vol 2

The patterns in the book are broken down by skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and the patterns are written using the US terminology.  The writing style of these crochet patterns is done differently than the first book and I have to say that it’s a wonderful change and the patterns are much easier to understand than the first volume.  

In the resources section of the book called “how to read patterns” which is definitely worth the read if you’re new to amigurumi crochet or struggle with understanding crochet patterns.

The patterns in the book are full of wonderful shapes and have plenty of interesting colors that pop off the page.  Its varied selection of pokemon includes a combination of popular and some lesser-known toys and is a great selection.  

My personal favourites came from the advanced and intermediate patterns: Cubone and Growlithe.

Check out the video version of this review and see a flip-through of the book:

Resources Available in Pokemon Crochet Vol 2:

The front of the book,  Pages 6 – 17 cover the various stitches used in the book, special techniques, finishing techniques and even a section on how to read patterns.  I found this section clear, and easy to understand.  

All of the techniques in this section include detailed step-by-step instructions and drawings.  Instructions are included for the following stitches and techniques:

  • Magic Ring
  • Chain
  • Single Crochet
  • Slip Stitch
  • Increase
  • Decrease in Rounds
  • Decrease in Rows or Back Loops
  • Double Crochet
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Triple Crochet
  • Crochet in the Front/Back Loops
  • Closing a Piece
  • Crocheting Two Parts Together
  • Embroidery
  • Sewing Two Pieces Together

The book lists a size for each toy which you cannot guarantee your toy will be if you do not have gauge information listed anywhere in the book. While many people don’t care about gauge and do exclusively crochet toys in order to avoid anything with gauge, it is a personal hang-up of mine.  

Without gauge information, you can’t guarantee your toy will be the same size and the templates that are included to cut out pieces of felt for your toy may end up being too big or too small.  If you’re ok with making adjustments on your own, it’s not a big deal, but is something to keep in mind. 

image of Growlithe toy pattern page from Pokémon Crochet Vol 2

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Materials Used in the Book & Substitutions

While the book lists some patterns as beginner, I think that before attempting any of the patterns in this book, folks should have an understanding of crochet patterns and basic amigurumi and crochet techniques.  

Because all of the toys in the book use fingering weight yarn and tiny hooks (1.5 mm), it could also be discouraging for a beginner since amigurumi using such small yarn is difficult and hard on your hands.  

But the great thing about amigurumi is that you can use the same pattern with bigger hooks and heavier-weight yarn to make it a bit easier on yourself, especially if you’re new to amigurumi.  

I’d recommend starting with a worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook to start.  Your toy will be bigger than the anticipated size given in the book but it’s easier to work with and easier on your hands.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 is a fun, colourful book that would make a great gift for the amigurumi aficionado that loves the pokemon universe.  I’d recommend this book for crocheters that are experienced with amigurumi or intermediate-level crocheters wanting to make their own adorable pokémon characters.

If you are interested in buying a copy of Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 you can find it on Amazon.

Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 Giveaway

Thanks to David & Charles Publishing, I have a copy of Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 by Lee Sartori to giveaway to one lucky winner!

This giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants (except where void by law and void in Quebec) and ends Friday, June 30, at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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4 thoughts on “Get to Know Pokémon Crochet Vol 2 by Lee Sartori – Book Review”

  1. I’m excited to give the patterns a try.

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  2. This book looks awesome! I would crochet Mimikiu as soon as I would get it!!!!

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    • awesome! Thanks for sharing :-). Fingers crossed for you if you entered the giveaway 🙂

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