Book Review: Animal Friends of Pica Pau

Book review

If you are a crocheter, I am certain that you have already seen the book, Animal Friends of Pica Pau. It has been all over social media! Countless crocheters are making the animals from its colorful pages.

(Link to the book –Animal Friends of Pica Pau: Gather All 20 Colorful Amigurumi Animal Characters)

I bought the book soon after it’s US release date in 2017. I was drawn to the unique characters on the cover and knew I had to have it. At the time I couldn’t even make amigurumi! I started with Victor Frog and so far I’ve made ten out of the twenty designs.

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This book is my go-to for inspiration and patterns. Yan Schenkel’s ability to design such unique and adorable creatures is incredible. The puffin pattern is one of my absolute favorites! Not only are her patterns adorable but they can stretch beginner and intermediate crocheters skills. I learned how to read color charts from making Bonny Puffin.

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Another one of my favorite designs is the panda. She is one of the easier patterns and I was able to complete her in half the time of other designs. Yan Schenkel’s ability to design animals with such personality is truly a gift.

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There is no way I could ever choose which one is my favorite and I look forward to making each and every animal! Do yourself a favor and buy this book!

Disclosure: Please note that the link above is an affiliate link, and at no cost to you, I will earn a teeny, tiny commission if you decide to purchase the book from Amazon. This is a  book that I know, love, and trust. I have and will continue to recommend products regardless of my affiliate relationship with Amazon. Thank you for supporting Le Petit Saint Crochet!

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Book Review: Vintage Style Crochet Projects

IMG_1986 They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I did, and I’m so glad I did! Vintage Style Crochet Projects: 32 Crochet Projects by Agnieszka Strycharska was the very first crochet pattern book that I bought. The cover drew me in immediately with the vibrant colors and homespun feel.

I love chippy, rustic furniture and decor and apparently the author of this book does as well. The photos in the book are numerous and feature not just Agnieszka’s designs but her personal decor. Her homey style is charming but accessible.

The projects range from blankets to aprons to garland. She has patterns for dishcloths, hangers, and shawls to mention only a few. Agnieszka’s color choices are funky and colorful which make the projects stand out so beautifully!

Above is a scarf I made from her pattern for a pillow which I adapted. The patterns are written very clearly and aren’t complicated at all. I was an intermediate beginner when I bought the book and was able to start crocheting right away.

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This colorful blanket was made exactly from her pattern, Sunburst Granny Baby Blanket. I used the exact yarn, hook, and colors as she recommends and it turned out beautifully!

Disclosure: Please note that the link above is an affiliate link, and at no cost to you, I will earn a teeny, tiny commission if you decide to purchase the book from Amazon. This is a  book that I know, love, and trust. I have and will continue to recommend products regardless of my affiliate relationship with Amazon. Thank you for supporting Le Petit Saint Crochet!