Amigurumi books are a steal. If you take into consideration the price of individual patterns on Ravelry and Etsy, books are a bargain. I’m sharing my favorite, must have amigurumi books that every enthusiast should have in their library.
I love books. There is something special about holding them in your hands and flipping back and forth through their pages. I like the way they smell and how they fit in your hands. My amigurumi books are written in, have smudges on the pages and are well worn. To me, that’s a sign of a good book. It looks used. It reminds me of my favorite cookbooks that are covered in sauce stains and dog ears.
Must Have Amigurumi Books
Over the past few years I have acquired several amigurumi books. But my list is certainly not exhaustive. These are only the ones that I personally own and would recommend to others. There are so many more that I would like to purchase in the future, but there’s only so much time and bookshelf space.
Animal Friends of Pica Pau
First of all, Animal Friends of Pica Pau is one of my favorite amigurumi books. If I could only recommend one, this would be it. The author, Yan Schenkel, is a master at creating characters that are simple yet modern. They are all completely adorable and I have crocheted a total of fourteen of the twenty designs. Of those fourteen I have made several of them multiple times.
These are great patterns especially if you like selling toys locally or online. I have done quite well with both. People absolutely love these adorable animals and have paid good money for my handmade toys. The author allows you to sell items made from these patterns as long as you credit her as the designer. I always add that to the backs of my handmade tags.
The book does a great job of explaining concepts and techniques so that even an amigurumi beginner could achieve fantastic results. These designs have been very popular in my Etsy shop and I have gotten multiple requests to make them for customers.
At only $15.72 this book is a steal and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in crocheting toys!
Sweet Crochet Friends
Second on the list is my most recent acquisition and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Khuc Cay is such an amazing designer. Her creations are incredibly detailed from the clothing to the adorable accessories. The kitty I crocheted came with a pattern for a basket full of little tiny fish and of course I made them too.
There are sixteen distinct patterns in this book and let me assure you that this is a bargain. I have purchased her individual patterns on Etsy in past at close to $5 per pattern. The total book is $21.95, which in my opinion is a great deal.
You can read my full review of this book here.
Cute Crocheted Animals
Cute Crocheted Animals made my list of favorite amigurumi books for several reasons. First of all, I love this book because you can mix and match all the animals and clothing. There are five basic animals: rabbits, mice, bears, cats and foxes. You can crochet them male or female depending on the clothing you choose to make.
And talk about clothing! There are so many different patterns for clothing. There are sweaters, trousers, cardigans, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, shoes, backpacks, scarves, and hats. There’s even a tiny little poncho. You read that right, a granny square poncho. And at only $13.70 it is the best bargain in my must-have list.
I crocheted an adorable mouse in a fuchsia colored dress with a matching headband. It reminded me of my days playing with paper dolls, when choosing the best dress for the doll was the most important decision of the day.
Be aware that the book is written in UK crochet terms so when the pattern calls for a double crochet, that means single crochet to those of us in the US.
Finally, although I haven’t actually crocheted any amigurumi from this book yet, it is still one of my favorites. This is a collection of eighteen distinct patterns from nine different designers. What I love about this book is that while the collection is cohesive there are diverse styles represented, from simple to quirky to just plain sweet.
One of my favorite designers from this book is Kristina Turner from Tiny Curl. She has a style all her own and it shines brightly in her Happy Girl and Cheeky Bird patterns, which you can see on the cover. Last year I crocheted her Uni Queen pattern and couldn’t get over Kristina’s unique take on the unicorn.
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I hope you enjoyed my Must Have Amigurumi Book list! I would love to know of any books that you love and use over and over again. Please leave them in the comments!