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  • What is Amigurumi?
  • Techniques
    • The Basics
    • Shaping
    • Around and Around: Knitting in Circles
    • Pick up Those Stitches!
    • Seaming
    • Loose Ends: Miscellaneous Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
  • Five Servings a Day: the vegetable basket
    • Aubergine
    • Tomato
    • Carrot
    • Garlic
    • Cucumber
    • Peas in a Pod
  • Get Your Barnacle On: underwater creatures
    • Hermit Crab
    • Common Octopus
    • Jellyfish
    • Black-Devil Anglerfish
    • Sea Star
    • Sun Star
  • Garden Variety: backyard critters
    • Earthworm
    • Praying Mantis
    • Ants
    • Garden Snail
    • Spider
  • Revenge of the Cryptids: strange, mythical, cryptozoological specimens
    • Kraken
    • Nessie
    • Jackalope
  • Abbreviations
  • About the Author
  • Index

Title: Amigurumi Knits: patterns for 20 cute mini knits
Author: Hansi Singh
Publication Date: TPB:2009
Publisher: Creative Publishing International Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9" x 9"
ISBN: 1589234359

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Photos of each project are beautiful, and the projects themselves have very well chosen detail - even the earthworm and the cucumber have such defining characteristics to be both startling and very appealing. The diversity of patterns is great and certainly not run-of-the-mill.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are very well broken down and easy to follow, she gives plenty of photo illustration throughout, with a really solid grounding of the basics at the front to get you started.

SUMMARY- I don't often think "price is no object" when I spot a toy book, but in this case I was so excited and entranced it didn't occur to me to check my receipt for how much it cost until I already had it home. It made me instantly glad I already knew how to knit. The Octopus, praying mantis and anglerfish on the cover alone were worth the price of admission - then I open it up and there's a jackalope and Nessie! All the projects are colorful, very well executed and extremely engaging, with a clear sense of humor and sense of play that can't be faked. What is shown on the cover is just the tip of the iceberg with this collection of patterns - yet another reason why this book is a must-have for any knitter who has kids or is a kid at heart themselves.