I love knitting books, I love crochet books, and most of all, I love the smell of a new book and the way it fills my bookshelf. So when the mailman brought me a copy of Stacey Trock's "Cuddly Crochet" I was really excited. I new book for me to read through!
|Adorable Toys, Hats, and More|
But let me warn you right away: If you're hoping to find amigurumi patterns, you will be disappointed. This is not an amigurumi book. This book contains patterns for stuffed toys that kids can actually play with. I'm a former amigurumi crocheter, so at first glance I found the toys quite dull. They didn't have small details or gigantic heads or plate-sized eyes or whatever is typical for amigurumis. But as I read through Stacey's introduction to the book, I understood how right she was: amigurumis are cute, but totally impractical for small children. Small children need toys that are large enough for them to cuddle, and safe for them to play with. Toys like the ones you can find from the Cuddly Crochet book.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm a former amigurumi crocheter. With this information given, you could expect me to be quite experienced crochet pattern reader as well. But no, you're wrong. I'm hopeless with crochet patterns, just ask J.R. He helped me time after time with the same basic things. And because I'm totally aware of my lack of crochet pattern reading skills, I wanted to try to crochet something from the book all by myself. It would be an excellent way to find out how sufficient the instructions are.
I picked the easiest pattern from the book, Annie the Adorable Bluebird, because it was also the smallest project in the book. I don't have anything against stuffed toys, I just figured it would be smarter to go with a smaller toy because they naturally take less space from our amigurumi shelf (it's crowded). So here's Annie from the book:
|Photo: Courtesy of Martingale Publications.|
|Almost as cute as the original Annie|
I feel like a total book geek for mentioning this, but I really enjoyed the layout of this book. The pictures have nice borders around them, there are cute fonts, lovely colors and very outstanding information boxes... I've seen many craft books with less attractive layouts.
|Lovely, lovely layout|
- Good introduction to the crocheting techniques
- Unique concept: stuffed toys with matching blankets, hats and bibs
- Animals are quite unisex, both boys and girls like them
- Attractive and cute layout
- Patterns for beginner crocheters as well as for more advanced crocheters
- Very good pictures of finished products
- Clear patterns
- Guidance how to make the toys safe for small children.
Because Stacey Trock is nice and awesome, she sent us an extra book for a giveaway. Just comment this post and you're in. If you are a subscriber, whether you are an old one or you just subscribed after reading this post, mention that in your comment. Subscribers will get one extra entry.
International entries are also welcome, we'll ship worldwide on our own expense. The giveaway closes on Friday 30.4. The winner will be chosen randomly. We will announce the winner on our blog on Saturday 1.5 and also contact the winner personally. Please make sure we have a way to contact you.
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