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    Snuggle and Play Crochet – A Crochet Book Review

    Snuggle and Play Crochet book laying ontop of a crochet project

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    A baby! A baby! Everyone I know is having a baby! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like there are spurts where I am crocheting a lot of baby shower gifts. I don’t like to make everyone the same things over and over because hey, that’s boring and not fun for me. So I’m always on the look out for inspiration or patterns to use in a pinch when making baby shower gifts. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez. I found this book during my last trip to the library and I wanted to share this little gem with you all.

    What drew me to this book initially were the adorable little monkeys on the cover and the fact that the cover says there are “40 amigurumi patterns for lovey security blankets and matching toys”. With 40 different patterns how can you get bored? Unless you’re invited to 40 baby showers in a year (if you are attending 40 baby showers, I am so so so sorry) you could likely make something different for each shower you attend over a couple of years and eliminate hours of searching for a new pattern each time.

    Snuggle and Play Crochet has 20 different toy patterns and matching lovey blankets. The toys in the book include:

    • Teddy Bear
    • Bunny
    • Dog
    • Cat
    • Zebra
    • Rhino
    • Giraffe
    • Hipp0
    • Frog
    • Sheep
    • Panda
    • Cow
    • Dug
    • Pig
    • Reindeer
    • Mouse
    • Fox
    • Monkey
    • Girl doll
    • Boy doll
    Snuggle and Play Crochet by Caroline Guzman Benitez - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    The patterns in this book are C-U-T-E! You will be a big hit at any baby shower (or other gift giving occassion for babies/kids) giving something you made from this book. For the loveys, 5 basic blanket patterns are used and it’s easy enough to switch up the blanket you use for the lovey you’re making.

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    I found this book to be really accessible for beginners. Each pattern includes the written instructions and the charts. Snuggle and Play crochet also has a clear, concise references section in the back to explain basic stitches, abbreviations and various techniques. The book is loaded with crisp, clean pictures that make the characters jump out and scream “make me!”.

    All the amigurumi and loveys in Snuggle and Play Crochet use safety eyes which of course, makes them look uber adorable and polished looking. However, safety eyes aren’t a great idea for items for small children that are likely to put their precious playthings in their mouth. The author does recommend embroidering the eyes for toys being made for young children but never actually gives instructions anywhere on how to do that. If you don’t mind the book providing you with those alternatives and are ok to wing it/google how to do it then it’s fine. But if you’re a beginner picking the book up and have never embroidered before, you’ll need to do a quick google or youtube search.

    Other than missing that small detail, the book is great. It’s clear, comprehensive and just darn cute. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez makes a great, quick resource with plenty of options for baby/kids gifts which can help eliminate hours of research on google/pinterest/ravlery etc.

    If you’re interested in buying Snuggle and Play Crochet, it can be purchased from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and free.

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    Check out these other crochet book reviews I’ve done: Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein

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    Crochet Animal Rugs: A Crochet Book Review

    Crochet Animal Rugs Book

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    If you’ve been following my blog or have read one of my crochet book reviews, you may have caught on that I love books and my local library. I typically discover many of the books I review with a visit to the library or looking online at the library’s online catalogue. My discovery of the book Crochet Animals Rugs by Ira Rott is no different.

    My local library has this section of books right when you walk in where they feature a different topic, author or genre. When I visit the library I’m usually on a mission so this shelf gets a passing glance and unless something catches my eye, this shelf is barely registered other than to avoid crashing into it. (This may have happened to me before but that’s a story for another day). Anyways, the last time I walked into the library this shelf practically jumped out and screamed at me to look at it (which I wish it had done that time I crashed into it…). The whole shelf was dedicated to fiber arts!

    After having a little fangirl type scream in my head, I started some serious browsing. There were books on spinning, dying yarn, crochet, knitting, weaving, etc. That’s when Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott caught my eye. Having seen some of Ira’s work shared online previously, I knew who the book was by before picking it up.

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    Ira has this whimsical, fun style to her designs that I absolutely LOVE. The crochet animal rugs in this book are fun, accessible to crocheters of any level and kids will love them. Well, at least both my kids do since I had to wrestle the book out of one of their hands just to get some pictures for this post. 🤦 My son has already placed orders for the crab and dinosaur rugs. Kids aren’t the only ones drawn to the designs either. My husband wants one of the crab pillows from this book.

    Although the title is Crochet Animal Rugs, you’ll find matching accessories for each rug so you can really deck out your little one’s room. Some of the accessories include, pillows, security blankets, stool covers and toy bags. Everything in this book is beyond adorable and you could really have some fun making a menagerie of animal items for your kids.

    Crochet Animal Rugs also covers instructions for techniques you’ll need to create one of these lovlies including how to add a non-slip lining. Charts and written instructions are provided for the patterns as well as some beautiful photos to help with construction.

    Overall I LOVE this book and will definitely be making it a part of my collection soon. The book can be purchased HERE from Amazon or you can check out Ira’s website (https://irarott.com/) where she has other fabulous patterns available for purchase.

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    Want to read more crochet book reviews? Check these out:
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    The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop Book Review

    The Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop laying next to a crochet hook and yarn.

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    Happy Holidays everyone! Now that the bulk of the holiday festivities are complete for my family, I’ve been able to steal a little extra time for reading and crocheting. One of the books I have been reading is “The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop” by Dora Ohrenstein. I have had this book for some time and it is one of those books that I go back to reference when I need to. So I decided to review this book for you and give you an idea of what you can expect from this book.

    What initially drew me to this book when shopping was the subtitle for the book on the cover that reads “Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter“. As someone that is always looking to increase my skill set this line is what made me pick this book up. It honestly didn’t take me more than 2 minutes to decide that this book would be coming home with me.

    This book is comprehensive. If you’re a beginner or even an intermediate level crocheter, you can learn a lot from this book. This book talks about things like understanding the different varieties of yarn and their applications, yarn twists, drape and figuring out stitch patterns. Colour changes, turning chains, blocking and seaming are also covered. As you’d expect, the book walks you through your basic crochet stitches but it also has 75 different swatches to try out different stitches. There are also 5 different crochet patterns in the back of the book to try out. The author also notes on each pattern what techniques you’ll be learning/using for each pattern. Those patterns are:

    • A Slouchy Hat
    • Marguerite Cowl
    • Colorwork Bag
    • Lace Capelet
    • Cabled Lace Scarf

    One of my favourite parts of this book is the section on advanced shaping. If you’re interested in designing your own patterns or just understanding how the shaping of crochet patterns is done, this section is a must-read. There are various types of shaping scenarios covered, with colour images and stitch charts which help you see what is being covered. I haven’t seen shaping gone into such detail in any other book to date

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    Overall, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein is a solid resource to have in your collection and is worth the time to read. Will it make you a more adventurous crocheter? Maybe not, but it will definitely fill in any gaps you have in your crochet knowledge, expand your skillset/versatility and give you solid understanding of shaping and crochet basics. I definitely recommend checking it out.

    Have you read The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein? What did you think?

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    Want to read more crochet book reviews? Check out Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott.