Amigurumi! : Super Happy Crochet Cute
by Doherty, Elisabeth A.






Offers step-by-step instructions for making fourteen projects, from a simple crocheted carrot to an intricate doll with clothes and shoes.





*Starred Review* Amigurumi is the Japanese word for crocheted or knitted doll. The object of all amigurumis is kawaii (cute), and super kawaii is the only way to describe the work of Doherty and the 14 projects she's included in her first book on the art form. Doherty is known in arts and crafts communities for her crocheted humanoid animals, successfully showing her dolls in galleries and selling her original creations online. Crafters who follow her work will be excited to finally have access to her patterns (and secrets) so they can replicate her wonderfully unique creations. The book is well designed and organized with full-color photos of the dolls appearing throughout in various smile-generating poses. Stitch and technique instructions are concise and clearly illustrated, making the book accessible to beginners and experienced crocheters. The projects are split into three sections based on difficulty and organized to build skills and confidence to create the more complex humanoid dolls that Doherty is known for. The appeal of amigurumi (besides the cute) is the opportunity for personal expression through the embellishments that give the doll a personality. Like most amigurumi, the humanoid dolls are here based on the same basic body pattern. Still, each of the four dolls is distinctly different: a monkey, a bunny, a cat, and a bear. None of the projects takes exceptionally long to complete. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.






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