Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kyuuto! Japanese crafts: Amigurumi

By Tomoko Takamori, published in 2006
Available on Amazon

The crochet terms in the book are American, but each round is also explained with symbols and numbers indicating stitches and repetitions. There are lots of drawings to show how the pieces are assembled. At a glance it can seem like a lot of the patterns are very similar, because they are mostly built up like generic bears and bunnies (round heads, small bodies, four limbs), but there are elephants, dolls, frogs and seals that differ from this basic shape.

Favorite patterns are the little bears on the front cover these creatures, which the book calls donkeys, but I think they look more like llamas:

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