• Crochet Book Reviews

    Mabel Bunny & Co. Crochet Book Review

    Cover of the book Mabel Bunny & Co. by Claire Gelder.
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    I have another amigurumi crochet pattern book to share with you all today: Mabel Bunny & Co.: 15 loveable animals to crochet using chunky yarn by Claire Gelder. I love amigurumi projects so I couldn’t wait to dig into this book and see what it’s all about. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy for yourself.

    This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    So what’s unique about this amigurumi project book is that the main projects are made with chunky weight yarn and they’re all jumbo sized. The toys in this book are 27 1/2″ or 70 cm tall with the patterns for a smaller sized 12″ toy also included with some of the patterns. These toys are the ultimate in cuddle-sized toys. Thankfully they are made with the chunky weight yarn so they won’t take you weeks to complete.

    The patterns in Mabel Bunny & Co. include:

    • A bunny
    • Polar Bear
    • Elephant
    • Sloth
    • Dragon
    • Koala
    • Lamb
    • Octopus
    • and more!
    Inside cover of the book being reviewed.
    Inside cover of Mabel Bunny & Co. by Claire Gelder.

    My personal favourites in the book are Ruby Elephant and Oliver Octopus (who also comes with a baby). The toys are very cute. None of the patterns require the use of safety eyes so the materials needed to get started are relatively simple. To get started with a project in the book, you’ll need yarn, stuffing, a crochet hook, scissors and a tapestry needle. The recommended yarns in the book are easily substituted with some bulky weight yarn in your stash. So you can get started with the patterns in this book relatively quickly.

    Mable Bunny & Co, is written in the U.S. terminology with notes throughout the book converting the pattern terminology to the UK terms. So rather than using a chart that one may need to flip back to refer to, they’ve provided the information in the patterns to prevent that. I thought that was handy for those that may not be accustomed to the translations however, it does crowd up the patterns visually a bit which could be confusing if you’re rushing or not paying attention. I personally would’ve preferred the chart since the instructions for assembling your toy make you flip back to the reference section anyways but that’s my personal preference.

    Clarence Pig Amigurumi Pig Pattern

    A fun little touch is that each doll has a mini heart crocheted and sewn to the toy’s bottom. This seems to be the designer’s little signature on each piece and I thought it was a sweet addition to the doll. It also serves as a reminder to the recipient that their toy was made with love.

    The resource section is thorough and clear and includes lots of photos. Photos and well-done instructions are included for getting a clean finish, joining the head and parts to your toy and making the eyes and nose.

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    The patterns themselves are most appropriate for an intermediate/experienced crocheter that has experience with amigurumi projects written in different styles. Some of the patterns could have been clearer and I felt that the addition of a step or some images would have made the pattern clearer without the reader having to attempt to fill in that blank themselves. I was able to figure out what needed to happen in the pattern I was trying but a beginner would have likely been lost and frustrated. Further to that, not all the stitch abbreviations used in the book are listed or explained consistently. The resource section shows you how to do a single crochet decrease stitch and calls it in the resource section “decreasing in single crochet”. But in the patterns, the abbreviation of SC2TOG is used and I could not find that explained anywhere in the book. It’s for these reasons I think that the book is best suited for a seasoned crocheter and not suitable for a beginner.

    Stitch Puppy Amigurumi Dog pattern in the book Mabel Bunny & Co.

    If you’re a seasoned amigurumi maker and are looking for a resource that will provide you with a set of jumbo-sized friends to make, this may be the book for you. If you’re just starting out with amigurumi projects or even just learning reading crochet patterns, I’d recommend getting more experience under your belt or trying a different resource to get you started before moving onto this one.

    Back cover of Mabel Bunny & Co.

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    Thanks to Search Press, I have a copy of the book Mabel Bunny & Co. by Claire Gelder to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Mabel Bunny & Co. Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to participants in the U.S., Canada and U.K. and ends Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Whimsical Stitches Book Review

    Front Cover of the Whimsical Stitches book with a plant, coffee and tip of a crochet hook visible in the edges of the photo.
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love, love, LOVE crochet books and amigurumi. So when the opportunity became available for me to review this amigurumi crochet book called Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy, you know I jumped all over it.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

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    First impressions upon receiving the book was that the cover is bright, fun and well…whimsical. I loved that it’s a hardcover book with a matte finish and the cover gives you a great selection of images from the patterns in the book. It’s one of those covers that invites you in and begs to be picked up if not by you, then definitely by any kids that may be with you.

    Inside cover of the amigurumi book by Lauren Espy.

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    Whimsical Stitches has 25 different amigurumi crochet patterns for a variety of different items. From plants and animals to different food items, this book has a gets big points for cuteness factor. The book is split into 5 different sections: In the Garden, At the Aquarium, Down on the Farm, At the Bakery and At the Market. The patterns are grouped under these sections in the book. Some of the patterns in this book include:

    • Saguaro Cactus,
    • Octopus,
    • Duck,
    • Mug & Donut,
    • Berries,
    • Sunflower,
    • Whale,
    • Bunny,
    • Macarons,
    • Eggplant;
    • and more!
    The table of contents in the Whimsical Stitches book.

    The patterns in the book use worsted weight yarn to complete. Most people have yarns that could work for these projects already in their yarn stash and can easily get started on projects in the book right away instead of having to track down supplies. The patterns themselves don’t list the exact yarns used which may be problematic for anyone that was the EXACT same yarn but you could easily find similar colours in your stash or yarn shopping at a big box store.

    Whimsical Stitches, of course, has a resource section. It details the stitches and techniques used for the patterns in the book and all stitches/techniques are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs. Since each pattern in the book has a face, instructions are given to instruct you how to do the mouth and eyelash stitching. When reading the instructions for how to embroider the mouth, I found the pictures to be particularly helpful in clarifying the written instructions.

    crochet tulips in pink and purple illustrated inside this crochet book

    The patterns themselves are clear, concise and loaded with photos to help you through the process of making your little amigurumi cuties. The photos in the book are bright, clean and helpful. I loved the amount of photos included to help you through the process. If I were a beginner or someone newer to amigurumi, the pictures included really help to guide you through the process to help ensure you get the best results possible. For example, to make the wings of the duck pattern, there are 18 pictures, spread across a 2-page spread to walk you through making the wings. I think that level of detail is great to include and can help you through what may have been tricky spots had photos not been included.

    Crochet strawberries and blueberries inside the amigurumi book being reviewed

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    Overall, I think it’s an adorable book of amigurumi crochet patterns and definitely worth adding to your crochet library if amigurumi is something you enjoy. I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book as a gift to a fellow crocheter. I think this book could be accessible to a relatively newer crocheter due to the level of detail given in the photos to walk you through the patterns. Lauren Espy has done a wonderful job of making this book accessible to as large an audience as possible and I won’t hesitate to recommend her book to any friend that should ask me about it.

    Picture of the crochet macarons pattern inside the Whimsical Stitches book

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    Back cover of the Whimsical stitches book with a furls crochet hook lain on top of it.
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