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« on: February 12, 2014 12:56:19 PM »

Hello! ^_^

I'm new to amigurumi but not crocheting, and I was wondering what was the best book to learn from for amigurumi for beginners?
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014 06:56:20 PM »

Hi!

Since you are familiar with crochet I think the best book for you would be more based on interest. Have you looked at the books called Zoomigurumi by amigurumipatterns website? I have not bought them but the designs are really great and I do own patterns by more than one of the featured designers. They are well written and so I imagine the book is as well.

I've been making amigurumi for years and I started with Creepy Cute Crochet and Elisabeth Doherty's book. While I love the designs I do not recommend those to begin. I went with Creepy Cute because of the size and simplicity but the way the patterns are written can be pretty confusing.

Happy crafting! Amigurumi is a lot of fun Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014 11:49:08 PM »

When I was first getting started with amigurumi, I relied mostly on the free patterns available in the Ravelry database. I still use them a lot, although I also buy individual patterns and on rare occasions, a whole book if it's something I'm really interested in. (Like that book of Japanese cat patterns, lol.)

As a general rule of thumb, if you're new to amigurumi it's safest to stick with projects that have either one or only a couple of dimensional pieces (as opposed to flat bits like wings), that are composed of simple shapes that are relatively easy to join. You probably wouldn't want to start with full-on clothed humanoids, for instance.

I crocheted a LOT of cactuses and pieces of fruit in my early days. So. Many. Succulents.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014 02:48:41 PM »

Lion Brand yarn has some really easy (and free) amigurumi patterns.  I think you have to be a member to view the free patterns, but you can opt out of emails from them.  I'd recommend the little pig pattern for a good learning amigurumi: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70577AD.html?noImages=  Hopefully you'll be able to see that link.

You crochet most amigurumi in the round.  Usually it's done in a spiral instead of slip stitching into the first stitch and chaining one.  So you definitely need a stitch marker.
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