Crocheting Reversible Amigurumi Projects: Adorable 2-Way Patterns Using Fur Yarn & Easy Methods

Landauer. Mar. 2024. 112p. ISBN 9781639810352. pap. $19.99. CRAFTS
Whimsical and whip-smart, this is a fabulous collection of reversible crochet stuffed animals. Crochet pattern designer Van In’s creations often depend on the yarn’s texture and pliancy, so she offers appropriate substitutions without losing the project’s character and charm. She also gives advice—how to make a running stitch mark, for example—in her overview of techniques that may help more advanced crocheters learn skills specific to amigurumi. Some of the simpler patterns—a teddy bear, polar bear, penguin, and owl—are cute and easy. Her reversible hand puppet patterns will inspire children to come up with fun adventures for a kitten and a fox. Some crafters may find that making these patterns isn’t as intuitive as making traditional stuffed animals, but Van In’s guidance is straightforward and well-illustrated. A huggable sloth design gives readers the option to make it reversible or turn it into a lemur. It requires more work to crochet a bee that transforms into a beehive, handholding otters, a penguin and its egg, but the effort is worth it.
VERDICT Perfect for people with basic crochet experience who are looking for playful yet challenging amigurumi patterns.
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