Since I haven't yet learned to knit, I opted for the crochet route and found two books to help me get started:
|Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli (Available @ Amazon.com)|
|Super Cute: 25 Amigurumi Animals by Annie Obaachan (Available @ Amazon.com)|
I found the basic instructions in Amigurumi World to be excellent for a beginner like me, and they gave me all the tools I needed to tackle this new endeavor. I didn't care as much for the patterns themselves in this book, as they were more whimsical in nature, creating animals and dolls with large heads and small bodies. Thus, I turned to Super Cute: 25 Amigurumi Animals for more realistic-looking creatures. While the basic instructions in this second book were not nearly as helpful, the patterns were just what I was looking for.
I thought amigurumi animals would be perfect as Christmas tree ornaments, so I set about making seven of them--one for my godson and the other six for the ones who call me "auntie." And although it took me about five months to complete them, I must say they really did turn out to be "super cute." Wouldn't you agree?
I made the octopus first. And I also made him last. Because, of course, my first attempt at tiny circles of very tight stitches turned out not-so-tiny and not-so-tight. But the eight legs were very good practice and by the time I made him the second time, after finishing the other six animals, he turned out quite perfect. This pattern was adapted from Amigurumi World.
His happy face:
And proof that he does, indeed, have eight legs:
Next came the puppy dog. This was the only other pattern I used from Amigurumi World and, believe it or not, I actually made his head smaller than the pattern called for:
Then came Mr. Bullfrog. And even though my father thinks he is bizarre looking, I am quite fond of him and his "alien eyes":
Then I made this adorable two-toned bunny:
With a pudgy belly and little black tail:
Next I wanted to make a cat but didn't like any of the patterns in my two books. So I started with the body from a cat pattern in Super Cute and then designed everything else on my own.
Then came the horse, probably one of the most difficult ones for me to complete:
The mane I ripped out many times before I figured out how to do it correctly:
The lion came last, and he is my most favorite of all. I designed him myself, based off the cat I created, and chose variegated yarn to give him a little more pizazz:
I put my newly gained "mane skills" to work:
And here are his haunches and awesome tail tuft:
I definitely learned some new crochet skills and had a great deal of fun making these little guys. And best of all, they were well received by the ones I made them for. In fact, I hear they didn't really make it onto the Christmas tree because they were too busy being played with. Now that's what I call success.