I’ll admit it- one of the major reasons I’ve wanted to learn to crochet is make amigurumi toys. Who can resist such cuteness? But my crochet skills are just not up to par yet, and I find that being such a beginner can be really frustrating-each time I haul out the hook, I have to spend time focusing on learning the basics (I just learned how to crochet in the round), and not much whipping up of crochet amigurumi creatures. Fortunately, us knitters now have a solution:
Amigurumi Knits! I first heard of this book over on Orata’s blog, and was immediately smitten- I’ve been eyeing Hansi’s designs for a while, and here is the book version of collected cuteness. The book is divided into 4 sections, each containing related patterns: the first section has garden veggies (tomato, eggplant, carrot, peas in a pod, garlic, cucumber); garden critters (earthworm, praying mantis, ants, garden snail, spider); sea creatures (crab, octopus, jellyfish, anglerfish, sea star, sun star); and then three wonderful mythological creatures (kraken, jakalope, and nessie the Loch Ness monster).
I’m a sucker for knitted toys- kids love them, adults love them. Cuddly softies are always a win. So, I cast on for the eggplant this weekend: (I apologize for it’s dishelved state- I know the top looks like Bart Simpson’s head, but I will wet block those leaves down when it’s finished!)
Although the instructions are simply for a gorgeous stuffed eggplant, I’m going to add a face and some limbs, give him a little personality. But I can’t bear to call him Eggplant, I need a better name. Monsieur Aubergine? Eggy Purple? Anyone have any ideas?
P.S.- Midas is coming along, it’s nearing the finish line! I’ll have a pictorial update next week, I promise.