Alison @kornflake_stew has published her first book – Cutest Crochet Creations, & I was thrilled to be given a copy to review! Alison’s patterns are the reason why I fell in love with amigurumi toy making in the first place, her patterns are written so well, & her creatures are adorable.
You may recognise Alison’s amigurumi designs, her most famous being her long neck giraffe pattern, & I have honestly lost count of the giraffe’s I have made over the last few years! Especially the special giraffes I made the twins when they were born ❤ you can see Layla’s much loved giraffe in the photo above. If you are an amigurumi maker or you are wanting to try making amigurumi for the first time, & you haven’t made at least one of Alison’s giraffes, I implore you to stop everything, & go here to find the pattern 😊
Ok, but i’m not here to talk about giraffes.. today I am talking about Alison’s new designs in her book, & two of the cutest little creatures I made named, Sunny & Bill.
Where do you start when a book is chock full of the cutest crochet creations?! You start at the beginning… & the first two patterns in the book are a pair of the cutest birds – Sunny & Bill – which is perfect for me, since I always end up having to make two of everything for the twins anyways.
I managed to finish a whole bird in one evening (which is unheard of since having the twins) but this pattern is so super fast, & so super well written, that you just fly (excuse the pun) through. That, & once you see your little feather friend starting to come to life, you can’t stop 😉
There are 16 of THE cutest creations to make in the book. Plus a very detailed introduction to amigurumi, with lots of photos to guide you. I think a beginner crocheter, or a maker new to amigurumi, would be able to make Alison’s patterns. These two birds are the perfect starting place too.
I learnt something new from the book too – Magic Ring! Yep, I have been putting that one off for years.. but the pattern calls for it, especially with the wings, & its time I learnt.. & honestly, I am kind of disappointed in myself for not doing it earlier. It really isn’t as hard or daunting as I thought it would be. So thank you Alison 😉 I now have a new skill!
Layla, my BIGGEST crochet fan, is so in love with her little bird. After much urging, she reluctantly shared Bill, the blue bird, with Wolf too… for a quick cuddle anyways.
Layla is wearing a custom t-shirt from @meeandmae; Wolf a “boys wear pink” t-shirt from @fussygus
Now, what to make next… I think I might make the crocodile.. or the bunny with the gorgeous floral crown. What would you make?