I was so excited when I heard that that there was a Hello Kitty themed crochet book coming out for Kitty’s 40th anniversary, and even more so when I saw the patterns were by Amigurumei!
I love Mei’s style of amigurumi (knitted or crocheted stuffed toys) and they make a perfect fit. Quirk kindly sent me over a copy of the book to look through, so is it worth your money?
I’m not even going to drag that question out, because of course it is! Hello Kitty Crochet is a cute little square hardback book and the design seems quite simple on first look, but actually there are some lovely touches like the apple print end pages and pink, blue and yellow theme. The toys get centre stage so that you can see all their cute details, and there are so many to choose from!
Each character is based around the same simple body parts so they all have common features, but that are customised to give them their special characteristics. There are 24 exclusive patterns altogether featuring Hello Kitty, her family and pretty much all of her friends. My favourite is Hello Kitty dressed as Pom Pom Purin! I was also really happy to see that lesser-known characters like Pandapple and Hangyudon are all included, plus they even all have their own little friends like Badtz-Maru’s seal and Chococat’s bunny! A few more characters didn’t make the cut for the book, but the patterns are available online.
As a very very beginner crocheter, I would say this is not the book to start learning crochet with, so make sure you know your basic stitches first. If you’ve crocheted before, you should have no problems moving on to amigurumi as there are instructions and guides for these special techniques, plus special video tutorials online.
Even if you’re struggling to learn, like me, this is still a must buy as it’s just so darn cute! The photos are all adorable and it’s really fun to see how each character has been transformed into a 3D crochet toy, plus there are little facts about all the characters. It might just be the kickstart to get me back to learning crochet too.
Check back on Friday for a new Super Cute Creators interview to find out more about Amigurumei and her cute crochet creations!
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Hello Kitty Crochet is published by Quirk Books and retails for $14.95. UK folks can buy from Amazon or order from your favourite independent bookseller. Ebook editions are also available.
(Book was provided for review by Quirk Books, but this is my honest review and the photos are my own.)
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.