Although I craft all year round, the colder weather inspires me to pull out the holiday-colored yarn and start creating some fun projects and gifts. I love making things for kids and they in turn are very receptive to the cute toys, hats, mitts, and other items I create. Some items are a big hit and I seem to make them every year. But, I also like to try new patterns and look for inspiration through new books. I found two adorable animal and amigurumi crochet books on David and Charles and I can’t wait to start making some Christmas gifts.
Snuggle and Play Crochet
Snuggle and Play Crochet is packed with 40 cuddly and caressible amigurumi patterns. Kids of all ages love to snuggle and cuddly with their favorite stuffie or blanket. They become emotionally attached to them because they offer a sense of security and comfort. They’re also beyond cute.
In this book, you will be able to make 40 matching stuffed animals and loveys. The content includes what materials you’ll need, How to Use This Book, The Blankets, and The Toys. Each of the toy animals has its own specific pattern and personality, but you have the option of using 5 different patterns for the lovey blanket. These include the Granny, Peaks, Texture, Round and Block Blanket patterns.
Skill at reading and following a pattern is needed as all of the patterns but one are intermediate level. Each pattern includes written instructions and full-color graphs for those who prefer to follow them. I personally prefer to use the graphs, I find I crochet a lot faster. The back of the book shares some basic techniques, abbreviations, chart symbols, stitches, and finishing techniques.
Some of the toys you will have fun making include Clover the Bunny, Liz the Cat, Roy the Rhino, Kenai the Hippo, Luke the Frog, Trish the Cow, Sue the Duck, Cindy the Mouse, Clancy the Reindeer, and many more. This book will also make a wonderful holiday gift and is available on Amazon.
Crochet Animal Rugs
Crochet Animals Rugs features over 20 adorable floor mats with matching accessories. It includes a collection of 7 lovable animal rug crochet designs by Ira Rott. She is one of my favorite crochet designers and I’ve bought lots of her patterns over the years. Now she has made her cute floor mats available in one book.
Each of the animal collection patterns have a skill level from Beginner to Intermediate to Challenging. And each animal comes with accessory patterns so you can spark up a child’s room. These additional patterns can be a pillow, stool cover, place mat, security blanket, toy bag, or book bag. If you new to crocheting there are still a few beginner projects you can make.
All the patterns come with written instructions, full-color graphs and lots of colorful photos. It’s important to check your gauge and adjust your hook if needed. Children will love these enchanting animal sets. They will make their bedrooms a fun place to sleep, read, play and daydream. This book will also make a wonderful holiday gift and is available on Amazon.
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