After the sweater, I needed a quick and fun project so I pulled out my Amigurumi knits book and knit a starfish!
I used a cheap acrylic yarn for the top half and some wool yarn that I spun (not very well…) myself for the bottom. It took me two days to finish and was pretty fun if maybe a bit repetitive. All in all, it was a nice break from having a big project to complete
For my boyfriend’s 21st birthday, I knit a neuron! The pattern is free here on ravelry and is pretty simple as long as you are comfortable picking up stitches. All in all, it took me two days. I should also note that the pattern calls for glow-in-the-dark yarn which I was very sad to see has been discontinued
I took a break from the sweater to make a little pig!! The pattern is free here and it only took about 30-45 minutes. Here he is!
Actually, make that definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever knit. This is the first pattern I’ve made from the Amigurumi Knits book that I reviewed a few weeks ago. And here she is: the anglerfish!!!
Note– that weird blue growth thing with eyes is the parasitic male. Apparently, male anglerfish latch onto the female and stay there until their circulatory systems join. They can then just continuously fertilize the female’s eggs. Weird, I know.
The patterns are pretty detailed which is nice- I really learned a lot from this project. In amigurumi, you have to know how to use several kinds of increases, decreases, pick up stitches, and how to
sew things together, etc. Because the animals are so small, any mistake is a lot more obvious and needle control is very important. I struggled a decent amount with knitting the small pieces like the fins and the parasitic male as you pick up stitches from the body and directly knit them on. This makes everything really close together and sometimes the body of the fish just kept awkwardly getting in the way. Also, I should note that the pattern gives the option of using double pointed needles or circular needles. I couldn’t find the circular one in the correct size so I used double pointed which, in my opinion are a lot more awkward to begin will.
All in all, this was a pretty fun project! I’d definitely recommend the patterns in this book as they are quirky, fun, and teach you a lot about knitting on the way!
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.