Ok, after my more serious review of The Principles of Kitting, I thought I’d talk about something a little more fun! Here it is: Amigurumi Knits: patterns for 20 cute mini knits by Hansi Singh
I got this book at Michael’s last weekend mostly because it has a pattern for a knitted anglerfish which is so incredibly absurd that its wonderful. My boyfriend spotted this book pretty quickly too, and decided that I need to make him an anglerfish hoodie where it looks like the anglerfish is biting the head of whoever is wearing it. I’m not entirely sure how (or if) that will work so we’ll see if it ever really happens. Right now, I have too many other patterns lined up in my queue!
Anyways, back to the book. There is a great introduction to this book that covers almost all the techniques you’ll need to knit the patterns it contains. There are a ton of great color photos that help along the way. Then there’s the patterns. You can use this book to knit anything from a praying mantis to a tomato to the Loch Ness monster. Each pattern also gives a good overview that includes the basics like the needles and yarn you’ll need as well as an estimate of difficulty and a short description saying what techniques are needed.
All in all, this book seems great for beginners. Singh views these patterns as great ways to learn how to knit. This book looks like a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to try these patterns out!
You can find it here or at your local knitting shop.