Mini Amigurumi is a new craft book by Sara Scales. Amigurumi is the Japanese term for cuddly stuffed crochet toys and this book features 30 cute projects in teeny weeny form!
Mini Amigurumi is a nice book to look through with large colourful photographs of each project. The patterns are clearly laid out and there’s even multiple views of each finished piece from all angles. The patterns range from cupcakes and donuts to pandas and cats with a few seasonal things like pumpkins and snowmen.
If you’re new to crochet, there’s a whole section at the back on techniques including what you’ll need, how to make the stitches, tips on adding finishing details and ideas on making your amigurumi into wearable jewellery. Beginners can start by making large versions of the projects just by using a bigger size of hook and yarn, while the experienced crocheter will be able to make the tiny versions right away.
As a complete beginner, I gave it a go but I found the getting started instructions couldn’t quite get me up and running past a chain stitch. I’m currently following the excellent Crochet School videos at Crafty Minx so hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon and can try a few amigurumis out. The pony, kokeshi doll and pumpkin are definitely on my list to try.
To sum up, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone with a little crochet experience who wants to get started on amugurumi, or experienced crocheters looking to try something a bit different. Some tie-in tutorial videos would have been a great way to help beginners get started, but there are lots of other videos online you can try.
If you want to pick up a copy, it retails for £9.99 and can be purchased direct from the publishers GMC, from Amazon or order it from your favourite independent bookstore.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.